Showing posts from November, 2013

Believe It! Returns To BBC Radio 4 For A Second Series

The award winning radio comedy Believe It! starring Richard Wilson and featuring David Tennant returns to BBC Radio 4 from Wednesday 11th December with the first of four brand new episodes.

The comedy 'biography' features Richard Wilson narrating his fictional life story with a team of supporting actors, including David, appearing in dramatised scenes. The series was written by Jon Canter and produced and directed by Clive Brill. The show won Best Scripted Comedy in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013

Believe It!
Series 2 - Episode 1: Victor
BBC Radio 4: Wednesday 11th December, 11.30am GMT

Richard discusses the effect of his One Foot In The Grave character Victor Meldrew on his life. Starring Richard Wilson as himself with David Tennant as Mickey Mouse.

Richard Wilson - Himself Terry Savage/Francois Mattieu - Simon Greenall Bob Geldoff - Lewis Macleod Margaret Thatcher/Jorgen - Steve Nallon Mickey Mouse - David Tennant Lisa McTaggart/Old woman - Jane Slavin Tabitha - Lotte Rice Sheila Gol…

"The Half" Photographic Exhibition Featuring David Tennant Opens In Stratford-upon-Avon Today

Today Simon Annand's exhibition of photographs of actors preparing for the stage opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The Halfis a touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) curated with Simon Annand. This special version of the exhibition, created in collaboration with the RSC, includes new photographs on public display for the first time of Jane Lapotaire, Michael Pennington and David Tennant from the RSC's current production ofRichard II. The Half is an actor's countdown to walking on stage and facing an audience. Simon Annand's photographs capture this final 35 mins of excitement and intensity before the show begins. Visitors are invited to peep into the secret world of the dressing room to discover actors engaging in personal reflections and private rituals as they make the transition into character. The exhibition also features a video of images by Simon Annand of the RSC's costume team and acting company working together backsta…

UK PRE ORDER: Doctor Who - The 50th Anniversary Collection CD Box Set

Fifty years, four CDs, 11 Doctors and 129 tracks. This is the release that Doctor Who fans worldwide have been waiting for, assembled after years of research and trawls through dusty archives and libraries. It's a comprehensive overview of the very special music that has accompanied the Doctor over his travels through time and space from William Hartnell in 1963 to present day Matt Smith. From Ron Grainer's iconic theme realised by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Delia Derbyshire to Murray Gold's orchestral tapestries, this is a musical saga of monumental proportions. The esteemed collection of composers featured include Tristram Cary, Brian Hodgson, Wilfred Josephs, Dudley Simpson, Geoffrey Burgon, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Malcolm Clarke, Keff McCulloch, Dominic Glynn, John Debney and many more. The lavish 20 page booklet with the set includes liner notes from Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres on the history of music in the series and details of the episodes. Released …

Last Chance To Nominate David Tennant & Richard II In The WhatsOnStage Awards

Nominations for the annual WhatsOnStage Awards are due to close tomorrow - 30th November. 
The awards are the only major theatre awards where the audience, are the judges across all categories. 

The awards mainly focus on shows in London's West End, though there are two categories in which David Tennant's current production of Richard II with The Royal Shakespeare Company would be eligible to be nominated. 

Those are:

Best Regional Production - we ask you consider voting for Richard II at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for this.


Theatrical Event Of The Year - which is open to the theatregoers interpretation. We would suggest that David Tennant's triumphant return to the Royal Shakespeare Company would definitely come under this category.

The awards strictly only allow ONE VOTE per person so use your vote wisely.

The shortlist will be announced at the Launch Party on 6th December. Voting closes on 31st January 2014 and winners will be announced at the cere…

ORDER ONLINE: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Art Work Signed By David Tennant

Today a strictly limited number of David Tennant Signed Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Art Work box sets, presented in a foil print box will go on sale exclusively via the BBC Shop for £200.

This 20 print collection reflects fifty years of the world's longest running science fiction TV series, which contains a remarkable collection of original artwork including signed art prints by Chris Achilleos, Anthony Dry, Adrian Salmon and Lee Sullivan.

The set includes a 32 page booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Click here to visit the BBC Shop

David Tennant's Patron Message For Headway Essex

David Tennant has issued his annual Patron's Message for Headway Essex:

"What a significant year 2012 was for Great Britain, with the Olympic torch relay, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Games and so many great sporting achievements.
Who could forget the outstanding success of the Paralympics and the significant impact it had on British Society.
As we all saw, the Paralympic Games were about ability, not disability, and about what people can do, not what they can't do. This philosophy is at the heart of the services provided by Headway Essex to people with acquired brain injury.
Unfortunately with brain injury the obstacles that people face are not always visually obvious. Many people have to cope with 'hidden disabilities' where physically they may be able to walk, run or swim but cognitively they may be struggling to make sense of things and cope with normal day to day life.
Many never find their way back to the person they were before and they need to figur…

The Royal Television Society Present 'Broadchurch - Anatomy Of A Hit' Tonight

Tonight The Royal Television Society present an exclusive look behind the scenes at the creative process behind Broadchurch, the TV drama that hooked the nation earlier this year, as cast and creatives meet at a live event to discuss the success of the ITV show. 

Series creator Chris Chibnall, Kudos chief executive Jane Featherstone, director James Strong and star Olivia Colman will be guest speakers at Broadchurch - Anatomy Of A Hit which takes place at 6.30 on Thursday 28th November at 6.30pm at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. The event will be hosted by Heat editor Boyd Hilton. 

The award winning eight part series Broadchurch starred David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Arthur Darvill, Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan. Originally airing on ITV, the series has now been broadcast all over the world, including the USA, Australia, Canada, Russia, Latin America Sweden and Norway. It will soon be seen in France, Germany, Spain and New Zealand. A second series goes into production next…

Broadchurch Nominated In 2014 Broadcast Awards

The shortlist for the 2014 Broadcast Awards was unveiled today and the acclaimed ITV drama Broadchurch was nominated in two categories.

The Broadcast Awards celebrate the best in British creativity, commending the most outstanding content of the year and championing those who made it possible. The winners will be announced at a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London on 5 February 2014
The categories in which Broadchurch is shortlisted are:

Best Drama Series or Serial
Broadchurch   Kudos For ITV The Fall    Artists Studio for BBC One In The Flesh   BBC Drama Production North for BBC Three Last Tango In Halifax   Red Production Company for BBC One Mrs. Biggs   ITV Studios and February Films for ITV Top Of The Lake   SeeSaw for BBC Two

International Programme Sales
Born To Kill   TwoFour Rights for C5 Broadchurch   Shine International for ITV Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin   BBC Worldwide for Watch Doctor Who   BBC Worldwide for BBC One The Great British Bake Off   BBC W…

Support RSC In Style And Own A Piece Of Richard II History

The Royal Company are inviting audiences to support their work and as a thank you they will receive a piece of RSC history.
The RSC is a registered charity and as a result donations from their supporters play a vital role in the work that they do including education programmes in schools, ensuring access for young people and families, and working with artists.
That support enables all of their work, which begins its life in their workshops based in Stratford-upon-Avon.
To help gain support they have just launched the Support in style appeal which gives donors the chance to own some unique drawings and swatches of fabric from the costumes of Richard II starring David Tennant in the lead role.

All donations received through the Support in style appeal will go towards supporting their costume department which makes their actor's costumes in the their workshops and help them to reach this year's £1m target for their Made in Stratford campaign.

There are four levels of support.

Cast memb…

Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor Is A Global Hit Taking $10m In 3 Days

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor has taken more than $10m (£6m) at the box office in its first three days of being aired in cinemas across the globe.

The BBC released the The Day of the Doctor in cinemas globally on Saturday, and by Monday fans had spent $10.2m (£6.25m) to watch it.

The UK box office took £1.8m in its first three days. Where it was the third most film of the week after Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Sandra Bullock's space survival film Gravity.

The BBC have announced that in the USA the film took $4.7m on Monday night alone, selling 320,000 tickets, which made it the second biggest film of the day after Hunger Games.

In terms of average revenue per screen the BBC said it was number one in the US on Monday, with 650 cinemas airing the 75-minute anniversary edition for an average of $7,155. Hunger Games, on much wider release in 4,163 cinemas, made $2,623 per screen on average.

In Australia more than 70,000 fans visited the cinema to watch D…

New Doctor Who: Legacy Mobile Game Launched Today

BBC Worldwide have today lanched a new free to play Doctor Who game app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Doctor Who: Legacy is currently focusing on the sixth and seventh series of the show and features Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor and his companions Amy, Rory and Clara battling foes such as The Weeping Angels, The Silence and The Daleks. However there are plans to introduce a bigger range of characters to the game in the run up to Christmas and David Tennant's Tenth Doctor is already featured in screen grabs from the game in the app store.

The game is or will be available today in the following regions: United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and on both Google Play and iOS app store. If you don't see it yet, keep checking back.  Other territories will be added in over the coming days.

Game Description:
For the first time ever, interact with fifty years of Doctor Who as you travel through time and space, relive his most dari…

VIDEO: How The Day Of The Doctor's Visual Effects Were Created

London based Milk VFX have released a video showing how the stunning visual effects of The Day Of The Doctor, including the Time War, were created.

Watch it below:

PHOTOS: Behind The Scenes Photos Of The Day Of The Doctor

The BBC have released a selection of backstage images of David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt filming scenes for The Day Of The Doctor.

View some images below:

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space, an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

Visit our special The Day Of The Doctor section for photos, videos and more from the episode.

Charity Auction: Bid For A David Tennant And Sophie Aldred Signed DVD In Aid Of The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

The Dan's Hope Campaign is auctioning off a Tree Fu Tom DVD set autographed by both David Tennant and Sophie Aldred in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The auction is one of many just launched in their latest sale of autographed and collectable merchandise.

The Tree Fu Go! DVD includes 7 stories from the award winning animated CBeebies series, plus a collectable Tom figure. The inlay has been signed by Sophie and David, who voice the characters of Tom and Twigs. The auction runs until Tuesday 3rd December and bids are welcome from buyers outside the UK.

Click here for more information and to place a bid

The Dan's Hope Campaign was set up by the family of four year old Dan who has a rare type of congenital muscular dystrophy. Its aim is to raise money to fund research into muscular dystrophy and into the development of therapies and clinical trials.

Visit their website for more information

View all the items in the latest Dan's Hope auction here

HOLLAND: Broadchurch Comes To RTL 4 In January

ITV's award winning crime drama Broadchurch will begin on RTL 4 in Holland early next year. The series stars David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill and was first broadcast in the UK this spring.


RTL 4 start in januari met nog een buitenlandse dramaserie, namelijk Broadchurch, dat met dubbele afleveringen te zien zal zijn op de zondagavond, van acht tot tien uur. Deze serie gaat over detectives Ellie Miller en Alex Hardy, die in de kustplaats Dorset de spraakmakende moord op een achtjarige jongen proberen op te lossen.

De eerste aflevering is te zien op vrijdag 3 januari om 22.30 uur. Broadchurch zal verder gewoon op de zondagavonden vanaf 5 januari.

RTL 4 starts January with an overseas drama, namely Broadchurch, which will be screened in double episodes on Sundays, from eight to ten o’clock. This series follows detectives Ellie Miller and Alex Hardy, who are trying to solve the devastating murder of an eight year old boy in a coastal town in Dorset.
The first episo…

The Day Of The Doctor Draws Record Viewers To BBC America

Viewing figures reveal that the Saturday broadcasts of the Day Of The Doctor on BBC America brought in record viewing figures for the network.

The original simulcast broadcast at 2.50pm ET averaged 2.4 million viewers. The evening repeat put on more than a million more giving a total of 3.6m.

Another record was set on the Doctor Who Tumblr site on Saturday where there were 14.5 million views, more than any other televised event, including the Super Bowl and the MTV Video Music Awards.

The episode also screened in US theatres where it sold out in 11 cities nationally.

In the UK, The Day Of The Doctor was watched by 10.6m viewers on Saturday and ranked third in the weekend cinema box office table. 

The special episode saw Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor joining forces with his earlier incarnations played by David Tennant and John Hurt to resolve a significant moment in the Doctor's timeline. The special also featured Billie Piper, Jenna Coleman, Joanna Page and Jemma Redgrave.

AUDIO: Listen to David Tennant's Full Radio Chat With Jo Whiley

David Tennant's appearance last night on BBC Radio Two with Jo Whiley has now been made available as a permanent clip on the website.

Listen again to David and Jo as they enjoy a fine selection of cakes while chatting about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, the Richard II live broadcast, Broadchurch and the American remake Gracepoint. David also selected the soundtrack for the evening.

The Day Of The Doctor Hits UK Cinema Charts

The Day Of The Doctor ranked in the UK cinema charts this weekend after showings of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special in 450 screens shot it into third place. The chart success comes in the week that entertainment ranking service Rentrak have announced that Event Cinema releases will be included in the official UK chart.

The Day Of The Doctor, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, brought in £1.7 million from the simultaneous screening which took place at the same time as the international TV broadcast. It was beaten only in the UK film rankings by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Gravity

The figures so far released do not include the total for the Sunday repeat screenings.

The Day Of The Doctor will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 2nd December in the UK and 10th December in the USA

Source: Screendaily

David Tennant On The Jo Whiley Show On BBC Radio 2

David Tennant appeared tonight on The Jo Whiley  Show on BBC Radio 2 to play music, eat cake and chat about Doctor Who, Richard II and what's in store for him in the future.

Some highlights from David's chat with Jo:

He watched The Stolen Earth and Journey's End to get himself back into the role of the Tenth Doctor for the 50th Anniversary specialHe worried about stepping on Matt Smith's toes, but  "...Matt was very generous at the whole notion of it...we really got on and we really enjoyed playing with it."On his plait: "I'm sporting some fairly serious hair extensions for Richard can't plait your own extensions, I've discovered. You need help."He and Matt Smith agree that they have set themselves a moral bar on how to behave during their tenures as the Doctor: they feel that they have less scope for the rock'n'roll lifestyles enjoyed by some of their classic predecessors due to the scrutiny they are always under.David ca…


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