Doctor Who Experience to reopen!

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay will reopen on Friday 24 October 2014 after undergoing its very own regeneration. The award-winning attraction has been closed since the end of the summer holidays to allow the attraction to be updated with a newly scripted storyline starring the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Tickets for the refreshed attraction will return to general sale on 7th October from

From filming on the new mini episode. (Courtesy of BBC Worldwide.)
A newly scripted storyline - written by Joseph Lidster (Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures) and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Kill The Moon) – allows fans to star in their very own mini episode of Doctor Who, beginning in the Gallifrey Museum and journeying to the heart of the TARDIS, while grappling with a threat which could destroy the universe. The exhibition space will also be given a refresh, with new props from Peter Capaldi’s debut series as well as sets and monsters from throughout the history of the world’s longest-running sci-fi series.

From 24 October to 30 November, the highly popular studio set visits to Roath Lock Studios will also be available for fans to purchase as an extra. During this time, around 6000 fans will be able to visit the enclosed Doctor Who set, and set foot on the TARDIS featured in the past two series and the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.

Stephen Davies, Director of Live Events and Entertainment at BBC Worldwide says, “As with all of the best Doctor Who adventures, we’ve undergone our very own regeneration down at the Doctor Who Experience and we’re sure Doctor Who fans will be thrilled to take part in a brand new adventure with the Twelfth Doctor.”

Tickets return to general sale on Tuesday 7th October and can be purchased for dates on and after 24 October, 2014. Tickets are available from and prices start from £14 for adults and £9.75 for children.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Flatline synopsis

The BBC have released the official episode synopsis for Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 9, Flatline. Check it out below.
Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension.

But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.
Flatline airs at 8.30pm, Oct 18 on BBC One. For more info, pics and clips from the story, click HERE

Time Heist – Chart Placing

Time Heist has now been confirmed as being the 14th most watched programme on British Television for the week ending 21st September 2014.

The episode, which just slipped below the 7 million mark, with 6.99 million viewers, was the fifth most watched programme on BBC Television, where The Great British Bake Off took top place with 10.28 million watching.

The return of Downton Abbey on ITV, topped the chart with 10.71 million watching, while The X Factor had 9.94 million viewers. The drama based on the life of Cilla Black, Cilla took fifth place with 8.6 million viewers.

Figures include those watching within 1 week of transmission in HD, SD and via the +1 service. They don't include iPlayer.

Mummy On The Orient Express – TX Time

The BBC have confirmed that the eight episode in the current run of Doctor Who, Mummy On The Orient Express, will broadcast in the UK on 11th October at the slightly later time of 8:35pm.

The programme will once more follow Strictly Come Dancing and will be followed by Casualty. On the other main UK channels the episode is scheduled against ITV's The X Factor (which airs from 8:00pm to 9:20pm), a repeat of Penguins - Spy in the Huddle, narrated by David Tennant, on BBC2, Grand Designs on Channel 4, and World War II in Colour on Channel Five.

The Doctor and Clara are on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future - but they are unaware that a deadly creature is stalking the passengers.

Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock Clara sees him at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!

The 50 Year Diary – Day 639 – Frontios, Episode Three

Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary - watching Doctor Who one episode a day from the very start...

Day 639: Frontios, Episode Three

Dear diary,

I think I played my ‘isn’t Mark Strickson good’ card a day too early. He was very good yesterday, but today’s episode has been a real tour-de-force for him! I think you can really see him sinking his teeth into having something different to do in today’s episode, and even though he’s required to mostly look troubled and spout half-complete sentences, he’s really giving it his all, and making the most of the part. I’m really, really impressed by him here, and I think this is likely to be his best performance in the programme, and the one that I’ll be remembering him for.

Yesterday, I tried to stay away from praising the direction too much, but I’m going to have to bring it up again now, because it really is fantastic. I still can’t quite get my head around the idea that this is the same man who directed Black Orchid or Time-Flight. Everything looks so polished, and it’s the use of lighting and colour that really works for me. The underground scenes have a unique feel all their own, and it does come across as a completely different alien environment to the world above the surface. I love the way that the green light is used in scenes with their own portable lighting tubes, and it helps to make this look even creepier than they could do. I’m also wondering if they’ve started using a different quality of video this season which could be helping to contribute to that slightly ‘glossier’ look that I was discussing yesterday - this story looks somewhat sharper than I’m used to, and I think the same was true of The Awakening, too, looking back…

I’d also like to give some praise over to the design team on this one. I’m so used to banging on about the way the BBC are so much better at creating historical or down-to-earth locations, and Season Twenty-One so far has been something of a case in point, with the poor quality sets in Warriors of the Deep being followed up by the church and the manor house in The Awakening. This story is the perfect example that they really can do space-age, and I think it’s probably my favourite futuristic design to date. The use of several glass shots (or, at least, I’m assuming they’re glass shots) in different locations really helps to give a sense of scale to the sets where needed, which helps to make the various tunnels all the more claustrophobic.

Of course, at some point, I have to mention the story’s resident monster - the Tractators. People dressed up like giant rubber woodlice. A concept which is frankly ridiculous, and the design department couldn’t be expected to do anything short of rubbish with it.

Which is why it’s all the more surprising just how well they work! Haha! There’s a moment early on in today’s episode, where Tegan throws one of the lights at a group of the Tractators, and they go shuffling off, waving their arms around… and it looks great! It shouldn’t - it should look absolutely awful. If you were to show the clip to a non-fan out of context, they’d probably think it looked stupid, and rubbish, and all those things that it quite possibly does… but I don’t care, because right there in that moment, I completely bought it. It was only after the episode ended that I remembered complaining about the Myrka waving its arms around the other day - it’s surprising just how differently everything combines together this time to create something that I’m really enjoying.

And while I’m on the subject of it, come on, Character Options! Where the hell is my Tractator action figure?

Mummy on the Orient Express cast list

The BBC has released the cast list for Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express, check it out below.
Gus - John Sessions
Perkins - Frank Skinner (pictured, left)
Captain Quell - David Bamber
Maisie - Daisy Beaumont
Mrs Pitt - Janet Henfrey
Prof Moorhouse - Christopher Villiers
Singer - Foxes
Foretold - Jamie Hill
Fact fans will note that Janet Henfrey played Miss Hardaker in The Curse of Fenric whilst Christopher Villiers played Hugh Fitzwilliam in The King's Demons and Frank Skinner starred in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as a Dalek operator.

Mummy on the Orient Express airs Oct 11 on BBC One at 8.35pm. For more info, pics and clips on the story, click HERE.