Friday, 14 March 2014

CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT: Samuel Anderson and Keeley Hawkes

Samuel Anderson and Keeley Hawes are to star in Series 8 of Doctor Who. 

Samuel Anderson, known for Emmerdale, will star as Danny Pink, a recurring character who will travel with The Doctor and Clara on their travels, and is a teacher at the school where Clara works.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: ‘For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!’

Keeley Hawes, known for Ashes to Ashes dame and currently Line of Duty, will star as Ms Delphox, a villianous banker who will appear in Episode 5, written by Steve Thompson (A Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS), and who has a dark secret.

Steven Moffat commented on the announcement, "Anyone watching the amazing Line Of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year, and now it's about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker."

Keeley spoke about the role also, "I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I've had a lot of fun playing."

Series 8 is set to air in August.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Doctor Who & Matt Smith Win at NTA's

Doctor Who and Matt Smith both beat competition of to respectfully win in their respected category's, 'Best Male Drama Performance' and 'Best Drama' at the National Television Awards last night. Matt fought off Dame Maggie Smith, Miranda Hart and Martin Clunes to triumph with the award, whilst Doctor Who won strong over Broadchurch, Call The Midwife, and Downton Abbey. Here, below, are the video speeches from last night:

Doctor Who Wins Best Drama

Steven Moffat and Jenna Coleman make Speech for Matt Smith

Matt Smith Message to Thank The Fans

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Capaldi Era Begins!

Today the BBC released the first Production Image of Peter Capaldi in the role of The Doctor, donning Matt Smith's Costume as he started filming on Episode 1 of Series 8. Filming will continue right through till August 2013, which we should then expect episodes to air in the September/October time, with this time no split in the middle, and one full run.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Normal Service Resumed!

Hello Old Friends,

Firstly we hope you had a safe Christmas and New Years,

Doctor Who Madness has been absent this past few weeks, verging on months, but I'm pleased to say we are back in action. So were have we got to now, The 50th anniversary broke records across the globe, include a world Record for the most simulcasted TV Programme, receaching an incredible 94 countries. The AI for the episode was 88 with Ratings in America at 2.4m, and here in the UK, 12.8m. 

Christmas has just been and gone, and brought with it the closing swan-song for Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, or is that Twelve, lets not be forgetting the grumpy one now. The episode saw an AI of 83, broke records on BBC America with 2.47m, and Ratings here in the UK reached 11.14m. 

So now we are up to date, what have we got to look forward to this year?

A brand new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, will be crashing onto our screens later this year with Clara Oswald by his side, a rumored new male companion might also be joining, we will have the return if Vastra, Jenny and Strax, and so much more. So sit back, hold tight, and enjoy this incredible journey with Doctor Who Madness right by your side,

Welcome Back Aboard.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Doctor Who 50 Years Anniversary Trailer

Below you can view the specially created trailer to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. Can you spot all the references?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The 50th Will Take over Television!

BBC Two 

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox (The Power Of Three) will take an audience of celebrity guests and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1x60 minutes). Drawing on the latest theories, as well as 200 years of scientific discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor: Can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?

In an hour-long special, BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show presents Me, You And Doctor Who (1x60 minutes), with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama, arguing that it’s one of the most important cultural artefacts of modern Britain. Put simply, Doctor Who matters. He’ll examine how the show has become a cultural force in its own right and tell the stories of some of the unsung cultural heroes, who pioneered its innovative music, design and storytelling.

BBC Two wraps up its coverage with the previously announced An Adventure In Space and Time (1x90 minutes), which will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who and the many personalities involved. Written by Mark Gatiss, the drama stars David Bradley (the Harry Potter films); Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity), Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife) and Sacha Dhawan (History Boys, Last Tango In Halifax).

BBC Four 
The channel will introduce audiences to the first Doctor, William Hartnell, with a special re-run of the first-ever story, which marked the start of 50 years of history. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.

There will also be programmes across the children's channel with 12 Again (1x30 minutes) bringing together CBBC’s super-fan Chris Johnson, impressionist Jon Culshaw, Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Warwick Davis (Porridge in Nightmare In Silver), Neve McIntosh(Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Louise Jameson (Leela) and the seventh Doctor,Sylvester McCoy, to share their memories of watching TV’s top Time Lord when they were young.

Blue Peter will launch an exciting new competition giving viewers aged between six and 14 the opportunity to design a new gadget that will become part of the iconic science fiction series. Two live Blue Peter specials will see presenters Barney, Lindsey and Radzi joined by aliens and monsters, with viewers challenging Matt Smith to answer their Doctor Whoquestions.

BBC Three
Audiences will be encouraged to get involved and vote in Doctor Who: Monsters And Villains Weekend, as we countdown to the top Doctor Who monster. For those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide will introduce fans and viewers to a wealth of archive material and act as a guide to all things Who. A further exciting commission to be announced later this year will see the celebrations finish with a bang.

BBC Radio 2 
Who Is The Doctor? is a 90-minute documentary featuring newly recorded interviews and exclusive archive material. The programme will look at the lasting appeal of Doctor Whoand ask how much of its continued success can be attributed to its basic formula.

In The Blagger’s Guide To Doctor WhoDavid Quantick will give the iconic Doctor the Blagger’s treatment. He’ll be finding out the answers to questions such as, why do Americans think Tom Baker is still Doctor Who? How many Doctors have there really been? Were the Daleks really named after an encyclopaedia?

Finally, Graham Norton will be broadcasting his weekly Radio 2 show live (Saturday 23 November, 10am) from the Doctor Who Celebration in London. In a special three-hour show, Graham will take a ride in the TARDIS and will also be chatting with some of the series’ stars and fans.

Radio 1
Music is a key part of Doctor Who, from the famous theme tune to soaring melodies, but the show has also inspired a whole new phenomenon – Time Lord Rock (TROCK). Radio 1 will look at this genre of music inspired by the Doctor and his journeys through space and time with a 60-minute documentary.

Radio 4 Extra 
The channel travels back to 1963 with a three-hour special programme, Who Made Who?, to look at the world that inspired the television series. Doctor Who may have come from other times, but his roots were very much in the present of 1960s Britain. This distinctive programme combines audio from the archive, new interviews and extracts from audio versions of Doctor Who. Additionally, the station will broadcast readings and dramas featuring the great Doctor.

Day of The Doctor 50th Poster!

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