Radio Times 10th Doctor Souvenir Guide – Review

February 1, 2010

The Radio Times 10th Doctor souvenir guide is much more than just a book, it is a piece of artwork. The book details every Radio Times cover to feature Doctor Who from when it first reappeared on our screens in 2005. Starting with the gatefold TARDIS cover from March 2005. It takes you behind the scenes on how the created the wonderful Dalek cover from 2005, to featuring a little behind the scenes look of many of the prosthetics used in the series. Also featured in the guide is clean artwork from every single cover made, exclusive never before seen images and all Radio Times’ thoughts on the episodes. The guide features a forward by Russell T Davies and has anatomies of a Dalek and Cyberman.

The Radio Times Souvenir Guide will not be in the shops – available only through an order form in Radio Times magazine or via their 24-hour order line 0844 543 9822 (calls cost 5p per minute at all times from a BT landline). The book is £6.99 and includes free P&P.

Planet Who News Gives it – 5 stars

Goodbye…

August 16, 2009
after much deliberation and thouht, i have ultimatly decided to no longer update Planet Who News.
This comes as i would like to concentrate on other projects like the Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Image archive that i run and i would also like to spend some more time doing more creative work, like creating dvd covers for doctor who and torchwood.
i hope you have all enjoyed reading my posts over the past year and if you would like get the latest who news staright away, i highly recommend visiting one of the other doctor who news blogs that are in our links box towards the bottom of the page.
Thanks again.

After much deliberation and thought, I have ultimatly decided to no longer update Planet Who News.

This comes as I would like to concentrate on other projects like the Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Image archive that I run and I would also like to spend some more time doing more creative work, like creating dvd covers for Doctor Who and Torchwood

I hope you have all enjoyed reading my posts over the past year and if you would like get the latest who news staright away, I highly recommend visiting one of the other doctor who news blogs that are in our links box towards the bottom of the page.

Please note that the Planet Who News YouTube channel will stills be updated with the latest video’s, but the gallery will no longer be updated either

Thanks again.

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars Comic Con Trailer

July 27, 2009

dw_wom_trailer2The BBC have released a new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who special, which is due to be aired in November. The trailer, that was shown as part of the Doctor Who panel at the San Diego Comic Con 2009, contains previously unseen clips. The unseen clips include shots of the Mars Base and of the Doctor in the spacesuit that has been previously used in the Impossible Planet and the Satan Pit. You can seen the trailer on the Planet Who News YouTube channel here. Julie Gardener has also confirmed that there will not be a Doctor Who Movie, however things can change…

Torchwood: Children of Earth Final Ratings

July 24, 2009

tw_coe_final_ratingsFinal viewing ratings have been released by BARB, and they show that all 5 episodes made it into the top 20 programmes for the week. The opening episode, Day One, received a rating of 6.47 million viewers, which placed it 13th in the list, Day Two received 6.14 million making the lowest watched episode of the series, Day Three got 6.4 million, Day Four received 6.76 million viewers making the highest rated episode of the series and Day Five managed 6.58 million. Children of Earth recieved an average of 6.47 million viewers and was beat by the top three soaps and Top Gear, however only on episode of Emmerdale rated higher than Torchwood. Over on BBC HD Torchwood got the top 5 places for the week and three of the five midnight repeats got place 6, 7 and 8. Meanwhile the BBC Three repeats on the same night got places 5-9, with three repeats of Eastenders and one episode of Family Gut got the top 4 places. View the full table over on Gallifrey News Page.

Filming starts on Series 5 and the 11th Doctor Costume Revealed

July 20, 2009

matt-smith-costumeThe filming for the 2010 series of Doctor Who has begun filming today with Matt Smith, as the 11th Doctor, Karen Gillan, as the now named companion Amy Pond, and other special guest stars. Filming has started in Cardiff this morning, where they have returned to Dunraven Bay, where had doubled as Bad Wolf Bay in series 2 and 4, The Sun and The Daily Mail have images from the filming, but please beware when visiting the sun website as they have high spoiler images, whereas the BBC released a behind the scenes image of Matt and Karen in their costumes, Matt is wearing a tweed jacket, rolled-up trousers and black boots, however Karen’s character, Amy, is more laid back and wears a baggy jumper, tights and converse trainers, the image can be seen below. The TARDIS was also on set, with what looked like the ST John’s Ambulance sticker on the front which was originally used in the classic series. Filming will continue until March 2010, so expect lots of set-reports and images.

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Doctor Who Adventures: Issue 124

July 20, 2009

dwa124The 124th issue of Doctor Who Adventures was released on Thursday and comes with a free gift.

In this week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine…
… You will find an exclusive interview with Doctor Who monster maker Neill Gorton. Neill tells Doctor Who Adventures about his fondness for Davros, how long it takes to make a Cyberman and where the idea for the Slitheen came from.
We have also got the 10 best Dalek exterminations, the biggest and most puzzling Who mysteries, a poster of future companion Karen Gillan and the results of our monster-drawing competition.

This week’s issue comes with a cool Who inflatable and an exciting Dalek audio CD called The Mutant Phase, starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.

All this and…
o Fantastic posters!
o A brand-new Doctor Who comic adventure
o A planet guide to sandy San Helios
o The Day of the Clown photo story
o Puzzles and competitions – amazing prizes to be won!
o Subscription offer – subscribe today and get a fantastic Doctor Who book – Monsters and Villains.

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 124, priced £2.10, is in shops on 16 July.
Don’t let the Daleks catch you reading it!

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Torchwood: October Books Synopsis’ and Covers

July 16, 2009

twbooks_oct09BBC Books have revealed the official covers and synopsis’ for the upcoming Torchwood books that are to be released on 1st October this year. Earlier this year, Amazon.com uploaded draft covers to promote the books, but that have now been replaced the correct covers which can be seen on the Planet Who News Gallery, or below, along with the synopsis’ for each book.

The Undertaker’s Gift by Trevor Baxendale
The Hokrala Corp lawyers are back. They’re suing planet Earth for mishandling the twenty-first century, and they won’t tolerate any efforts to repel them. An assassin has been sent to remove Captain Jack Harkness. It’s been a busy week in Cardiff. The Hub’s latest guest is a translucent, amber jelly carrying a lethal electrical charge. Record numbers of aliens have been coming through the Rift, and Torchwood could do without any more problems. But there are reports of an extraordinary funeral cortege in the night-time city, with mysterious pallbearers guarding a rotting cadaver that simply doesn’t want to be buried. Torchwood should be ready for anything – but with Jack the target of an invisible killer, Gwen trapped in a forgotten crypt and Ianto Jones falling desperately ill, could a world of suffering be the Undertaker’s gift to planet Earth?
Risk Assessment by James Goss
‘Are you trying to tell me, Captain Harkness, that the entire staff of Torchwood Cardiff now consists of yourself, a woman in trousers and a tea boy?’
Agnes Havisham is awake, and Jack is worried (and not a little afraid). The Torchwood Assessor is roused from her deep sleep in only the worst of times – it’s happened just four times in the last 100 years. Can the situation really be so bad? Someone, somewhere, is fighting a war, and they’re losing badly. The coffins of the dead are coming through the Rift. With thousands of alien bodies floating in the Bristol Channel, it’s down to Torchwood to round them all up before a lethal plague breaks out.
And now they’ll have to do it by the book. The 1901 edition.
Consequences by James Moran, Joseph Lidster, Andrew Cartmel, Sarah Pinborough and David Llewellyn
Saving the planet, watching over the Rift, preparing the human race for the twenty-first century… Torchwood has been keeping Cardiff safe since the late 1800s. Small teams of heroes, working 24/7, encountering and containing the alien, the bizarre and the inexplicable. But Torchwood do not always see the effects of their actions. What links the Rules and Regulations for replacing a Torchwood leader to the destruction of a supermarket? How does a witness to an alien’s reprisals against Torchwood become caught up in a night of terror in a university library? And why should Gwen and Ianto’s actions at a local publisher’s affect Torchwood more than a century earlier? For Torchwood, the past will always catch up with them. And sometimes the future will catch up with the past.

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Torchwood: Children of Earth Day Five Overnight Ratings

July 12, 2009

tw_coe_overnights_dayfiveThe overnight ratings for the final episode of the third series of Torchwood have been released. The ratings show that Day Five achieved 5.8 million viewers, a drop of 100,000 viewers from the first episode. Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Five was the fourth highest rated programme of the day, beating Emmerdale, but being beat by Eastenders and Coronation Street. The audience share for Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Five was 26.7%.

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Torchwood: Children of Earth Day Four Overnight Ratings

July 10, 2009

tw_coe_overnights_dayfourThe overnight ratings for the penultimate episode of the third series of Torchwood have been released. The ratings show that Day Four achieved 6.2 million viewers, the most amount of viewers so far for this series . Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Four was the second highest rated programme of the day, beating Emmerdale. The audience share for Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Four was 27%.

Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Five is on BBC One and BBC HD tonight at 9.00pm, with episode discussion on the forum at 10.00pm

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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars Preview

July 9, 2009

dw_wom_previewThe BBC Press Office have today released a press pack detailing their flag-ship shows that are due to air this autumn. Along with many other popular shows listed Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars was one of them. The BBC have uploaded a short clip, that contains a major spoiler, that can be seen here, and two new episode stills can be seen on the Planet Who News Gallery here, please beware when visiting the gallery as one of the images can be classed as spoilery.

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Torchwood: Children of Earth Day Three Overnight Ratings

July 9, 2009

tw_coe_daythree_overnightsThe overnight ratings for the third episode of the third series of Torchwood have been released. The ratings show that Day Three achieved 5.9 million viewers, the same amount as the first episode, Day One. Torchwood came close in beating Emmerdale, and could beat the programme when final figures are released, the only other programme to beat Day Three was Coronation Street, Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Three was the third highest rated programme of the day. The audience share for Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Three was 27.1%.

Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Four is on BBC One and BBC HD tonight at 9.00pm, with episode discussion on the forum at 10.00pm

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Torchwood: Children of Earth Day Two Overnight Ratings

July 8, 2009

tw_coe_daytwo_ratingThe overnight ratings for the second episode of the third series of Torchwood have been released. The ratings show that Day Two achieved 5.6 million viewers, a drop of 300,000 viewers from Day One. However, due to Eastenders and Emmerdale losing ratings because of the Michael Jackson Memorial, Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Two was the highest rated programme of the day. The audience share for Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Two was 24%.

Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Three is on BBC One and BBC HD tonight at 9.00pm, with episode discussion on the forum at 10.00pm

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Torchwood: Children of Earth Day One Overnight Ratings

July 7, 2009

tw_coe_dayone_ratingThe overnight ratings for the first episode of the third series of Torchwood have been released. The ratings show that Day One achieved 5.9 million viewers being beaten only by the three main soaps, Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Day One was the 5th most watched programme of the day and the second highest on BBC One. The audience share for Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day One was 25.9%.

Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day Two is on BBC One and BBC HD tonight at 9.00pm, with episode discussion on the forum at 10.00pm

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Torchwood: Children of Earth – Day One TONIGHT!

July 6, 2009

discuss_coeTonight sees the highly anticipated return of Torchwood in the 5-part ‘mini’ series, named Children of Earth. After the first episode has aired at 10.00pm the discussion on the first episode can begin on the Planet Who News forum here, and wallpapers can be downloaded from the episode here. The BBC Torchwood site will also be updated with their own wallpapers and the first of six Up-Close videos can be seen, the first being with Eve Myles. Throughout the week the discussions can begin on the forum after the episode has aired and the wallpapers can also be downloaded from here.

TORCHWOOD RETURNS TONIGHT WITH CHILDREN OF EARTH ON BBC ONE AND BBC HD AT 9.00PM

TORCHWOOD IS ALSO REPEATED ON BBC THREE AT 11.45PM AND BBC HD AT 12.00AM

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Doctor Who Adventures: Issue 122

July 6, 2009

dwa122The 122nd issue of Doctor Who Adventures was released today and comes with a free gift.

In this week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine…
… You will find some massive 3-D shocks in our incredible 3-D special! Just put on the free 3-D specs that come with the issue and you’ll be amazed at what monster scares you’ll find inside.
Also this week, we reveal the second winner of our comic companion reader competition. The Doctor and his current companion, Heather, will be joined by this new mystery person in an adventure called Flight of the Giurgeax.

Don’t miss this week’s free goodies – 3-D glasses, a giant double-sided 3-D poster and Dalek stickers.

All this and…
o Top 10 spaceships
o Monster facts
o Planet of the Dead photostory
o Comic-strip action
o Brilliant posters
o Puzzles and competitions – top prizes to be won!
o Subscription offer – subscribe today and get a fantastic Doctor Who book – Monsters and Villains.

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 122, priced £2.10, is in shops on 2 July.
Warning! The monsters in this mag will literally jump out at you!

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Discuss Torchwood: The Dead Line

July 3, 2009

discuss_deadlineThe third and last of the three Torchwood radio plays, aired today on BBC Radio 4. You can now discuss the radio play, The Dead Line on the Planet Who News forum here. The synopsis and cover for the play can be seen below.

When a Cardiff Hospital is inundated with patients who have fallen into coma like trances, Torchwood move in to investigate. The trances appear to have been triggered by phone calls, all received on retro phones and made from a number that hasn’t been active for over 30-years. Determined to find out who’s been calling the unfortunate victims, Jack rings the mysterious number – two, oh, five, nine – nothing. It’s a dead line. Until, it calls Jack back…


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Discuss Torchwood: The Golden Age

July 2, 2009

discuss_goldenageThe second of the three Torchwood radio plays, aired today on BBC Radio 4. You can now discuss the radio play, The Golden Age on the Planet Who News forum here. The synopsis and cover for the play can be seen below.

On the trail of a dangerous energy field, Torchwood are led to Delhi. As the energy field grows once more, they witness the simultaneous disappearance of hundreds of people. Jack discovers that the field centres on an old colonial mansion – Torchwood India. Shocked to find that Torchwood India is still going strong – he shut it down himself over 80-years ago – he’s even more surprised to find that its members, including his old flame the Duchess, haven’t aged a day.

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Torchwood: Children of Earth BBC HD Trailer

July 1, 2009

tw_coe_bbchd_trailerBBC HD are now running a trailer on the their channel to promote the third series of Torchwood, named Children of Earth. The trailer is 30 seconds long and is similar to the second BBC One trailer that was released the other day, however there are missing captions and clips. The trailer can be seen here in HD. Torchwood: Children on Earth begins in the UK next Monday at 9.00pm on BBC One and BBC HD.

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Discuss Torchwood: Asylum

July 1, 2009

discuss_asylumThe first of the three Torchwood radio plays, aired today on BBC Radio 4. You can now discuss the radio play, Asylum on the Planet Who News forum here. The synopsis and cover for the play can be seen below.

When PC Andy arrests a teenager for shoplifting, he thinks it’s going to be a routine case. Then he sees the weapon she’s carrying and decides to call in Torchwood. Under questioning from Gwen, the girl remembers her name but little else, and when she speaks, it is in a strange mix of English and Scandinavian, but with a Cardiff accent. Then the girl’s blood tests come through and the team is faced with a dilemma.

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Torchwood: Children of Earth Radio Times Cover

June 30, 2009

tw_rt_coeThe British listings magazine, Radio Times, for the week 4th – 10th July has been released today and features a Torchwood cover. The initial cover (below) shows Captain Jack Harkness and then when opened up the cover features all three Torchwood members and Rhys. The magazine features a two-page article on Torchwood, which features interviews with all the returning cast and show producer Julie Gardener. Radio Times is out now at a price £1.10. Other listing magazines out today that feature Torchwood covers are TV & Satalite week and TV Guide.

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