Sunday, May 30, 2010

The End Of The Gallifrey Vortex, Thankyou

This post is the hardest one I have written for this website, and it is unfortunately, also it's last. I have recently been thinking, and have come to the decision that I will be closing The Gallifrey Vortex today, after having many long and difficult thoughts about it. As upset as I am about closing the website, I know that it is for the best, as I sadly no longer updating and enjoy other things more than blogging now. I set up The Gallifrey Vortex on January the 8th 2009, at the age of twelve, and over one year on, on May the 30th 2010, at the age of thirteen, the fun of writing posts has been lost. The website was a big part of my life, and I always made the effort to come online every day to update with the latest news, but recently I haven't updated as much, with many other Doctor Who websites being faster sources. But looking on the brighter side of things, I would like to thank every single visitor who made this website what it was, and I really appreciate what you did for it. I could not leave though without thanking someone very special hugely, who has helped me with this website, and the sites I have had before, because he has been a really great friend to me, and that person is Conor from Tardis Base. I recommend you visit his website as your new source for Doctor Who, as it is updated with many posts daily. Other people I would like to thank are: Rob, Meg, Mark, Axlart, Luke, Patar, Vortex, and many more. This is now the end, so I would again, like to thank everyone who has visited, and hope to speak to you all in the near future.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vincent And The Doctor Next Time Trailer

Tonight's broadcast of Cold Blood was followed up by the usual trailer for the next episode of Doctor Who series five, Vincent and The Doctor. The episode will see The Doctor and Amy visit an art gallery where they discover a strange face in one of Van Gogh's paintings, causing them to travel back in time to Provence to discover what it is. The new trailer can be seen below:

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Vincent and The Doctor will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel next Saturday at 6.40pm. In the meantime, you can still take part in the episode discussion for Cold Blood, which is available in the previous post, and more news regarding Vincent and The Doctor will be posted here when possible.

Cold Blood: What Did You Think?

Cold Blood, the ninth episode of Doctor Who series five, has just received it's first broadcast in the United Kingdom, and now it is your turn to leave your thoughts on it, in our weekly episode discussion. The episode saw The Doctor, Amy, and Rory, try to make peace with the Silurians, before Earth would become the grounds for war. What did you think of the Silurian's and Human's actions? What did you think of the story's plot? What did you think of the casts performances? And what are your thoughts on the emotional ending and latest appearance of the mysterious cracks? You can leave your views and opinions on all the above and more below.

Doctor Who Continues In Cold Blood Tonight

Tonight sees the first broadcast of the ninth episode of Doctor Who series five, Cold Blood, in the United Kingdom. Continuing from last week, the episode will see the Silurians begin their plans to wipe Humanity from the Earth and claim it back for themselves, while The Doctor and Nasreen find themselves in the underground Silurian city. The episode stars Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. Cold Blood will be broadcast at 7.00pm on BBC One and on BBC HD, running for fifty minutes, and being followed by Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three. Come back to The Gallifrey Vortex later tonight to participate in our episode discussion, and to see the next time trailer for Vincent and The Doctor. Are you looking forward to this?

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Lodger Official Synopsis

The BBC Press Office has released the official synopsis for the eleventh episode of Doctor Who series five, The Lodger. The episode will see The Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, move into a flat with a new character called Craig Owens, as played by James Corden, where something strange is going on at the top of the stairs. The official synopsis for this is below:

There’s a house on Aickman road, and a staircase that people go up, but never down, as the time-travelling drama continues. To solve the mystery of the man upstairs, the Doctor faces his greatest challenge yet – he must pass himself off as a perfectly normal human being, and share a flat with Craig Owens.

The Lodger will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel on Saturday the twelfth of June at 6.45pm, and the latest news regarding it will be posted here when it is made available. What do you think of this new synopsis?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Series Five Wave One Action Figures Revealed

Character Options has today unveiled the first wave of brand new action figures from the fifth series of Doctor Who, which can be seen above. The new figures are five-inch, going to scale with the figures released across the past four years, and feature highly detailed and fully articulated new sculpts. The new wave features action figures of The Eleventh Doctor, coming with sonic screwdriver, Amy Pond, Hawthorne and a Winder with hidden Smiler face from The Beast Below, Professor Bracewell with swappable arm and chest reveal, and a Khaki Ironside Dalek and Red Dalek from Victory of the Daleks, and a Weeping Angel from The Time of Angels. All figures will go on sale in the United Kingdom on the twenty-sixth of July, being sold at the recommended retail price of £8.99 for one.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SFX Interviews Chris Chibnall On Silurians

The science fiction and fantasy magazine, SFX, have now published an interview with Chris Chibnall, writer of The Hungry Earth and this Saturday's Cold Blood, to their official website. In which, Chris discusses bringing back the Silurians to Doctor Who, and what their next move will be in the next episode of series five, Cold Blood. Part of SFX's new interview can be read below:

Part one of the story was quite small scale. Will it get bigger in part two?
The second half is totally different to the first half. We always talked about that as a big split between the two episodes, that you’d start with quite a small canvas and then you would broaden and broaden and broaden, so as the characters in the stories realise how much more there is, you’re going on that journey with them as a viewer. In part two you’ll see a lot of the Silurian city, you’ll see more Silurian characters, you’ll see more warriors. A lot of that second episode takes place underground.

The full interview with Chris Chibnall can be read at the official SFX website by clicking here. Cold Blood broadcasts this Saturday at 7.00pm on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel, and more regarding this will be posted online here shortly.

Doctor Who And Spin-Offs BAFTA Cymru Win

Doctor Who and it's spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, came out victorious on Monday at the BAFTA Cymru awards, hosted at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. What BBC News called 'a night of success' saw producer of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Peter Bennett, pick up the award of 'Best Drama Series' for the show, while it's editor, Will Oswald, was given the 'Best Editor' award. Doctor Who was given two new awards at the Welsh BAFTAs, Best Design and Best Make-Up, while The Sarah Jane Adventures was awarded the 'Best Interactive' award. Congratulations from The Gallifrey Vortex goes to all three of the shows!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Amy's Choice Final Ratings

BARB have now revealed the final and official ratings for Amy's Choice, the seventh episode of Doctor Who series five. The episode which saw The Doctor, Amy, and Rory being made to play part in the Dream Lord's games, was watched by 7.06 million on BBC One. A further 0.49 watched it in high definition on BBC HD, bringing the final ratings for Amy's Choice to 7.5 million, a good increase of over one million on the overnight figures of 6.2 million. The final ratings for last Saturday's episode, The Hungry Earth, will be released early next week, and will then be posted here, as will other final ratings. What do you think of these final ratings for Amy's Choice?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Doctor Who Magazine #422 Cover Revealed

The official Facebook group for Doctor Who Magazine today revealed the cover for it's four-hundred-and-twenty-second issue, which can be seen above (click to enlarge). This issue will preview Vincent and The Doctor, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens, and The Big Bang, and will also take a look at what's still to come in the Human's battle against the Silurians, Cold Blood. The magazine will also include an interview with James Corden who will be appearing as a new friend of The Doctor's in episode eleven, The Lodger, and will give readers a chance to win Series Five Volume One on DVD. That, along with much more exclusive content, will be inside the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which will be released across the United Kingdom and Ireland this Thursday, for £4.20.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Hungry Earth Overnight Ratings

BARB have now released the overnight ratings for the eighth episode of Doctor Who series five, The Hungry Earth. According to these overnight figures, the episode received lower than usual ratings of 4.2 million, around two million lower than the average overnight ratings which range at around six million. This was likely due to the warm weather across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The show gained 32.2% of the audience share, making it the fifth most watched programme of the day. Please not that these ratings are not accurate, and that the final ratings will be released by BARB in several days. What do you think of these overnight ratings?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Doctor Who Cold Blood Next Time Trailer

Tonight's broadcast of The Hungry Earth was followed up by a next time trailer for the next episode of the series and the second part of the new Silurian story, Cold Blood. The episode will see the Silurians launch an attack upon the Human race, in an attempt to claim the surface of Earth after living underground for millions of years. This new trail can be watched below:

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Doctor Who: Cold Blood will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel next Saturday at 7.00pm, and the latest news and more on it will be posted here when it becomes available. What are your thoughts on this trailer?

The Hungry Earth: What Did You Think?

Earlier tonight saw the first broadcast of The Hungry Earth, the eighth episode of Doctor Who series five. The episode marked the new series revival of Earth's previous inhabitants, the cold blooded race known as the Silurians, who have returned after a Human drilling programme awakened them in 2015. What did you think of the new Silurian design? Did you think their return was satisfying? Did they live up to their older appearances? What did you think of the episode's plot? What do you think will happen next? What did you rate it out of ten? You can leave your thoughts on these and more by commenting below. Appropriate comments will get published.

Doctor Who Continues In The Hungry Earth

After twenty-six years of being off air, one of The Doctor's greatest enemies, The Silurians, will return tonight in the eighth episode of series five, The Hungry Earth. In tonight's episode, a group of scientists are digging towards the centre of the Earth, but something is digging up! The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are soon caught between the conflict of two races, the Humans and the Silurians, but who is right and who is wrong? When the Silurians were here first? The Hungry Earth will be broadcast at 6.15pm on BBC One and on BBC HD, with it's accompanying episode of Doctor Who Confidential following over on BBC Three. Come back to The Gallifrey Vortex later tonight to participate in tonight's episode discussion, and to see a next time trailer for the next episode of the new series.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Doctor Who Adventures #167

BBC Magazines have sent us the cover and details for issue one-hundred-and-sixty-seven of Doctor Who Adventures magazine, released on Thursday. This issue of the magazine takes a look at some of the Dalek's most memorable battles, and comes with a free and exclusive new notebook. It's cover is to the left, and it's press release is below:

This week’s Doctor Who Adventures is packed with all the best bits from last week’s brilliant episode, Amy’s Choice: gruesome grannies spewing alien eyes, Rory with a ponytail, an ice-cold star that threatened to freeze the TARDIS and a mysterious Dream Lord!

You can also check out the ultimate Dalek battles, fast facts on the Sontarans, exclusive posters and a brand-new comic adventure.

You’ll get all this, plus an awesome TARDIS notebook and pen.

Issue 167 of Doctor Who Adventures is out on Thursday 20 May, price £2.10


Issue one-hundred-and-sixty-seven of Doctor Who Adventures is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the regular price of £2.10. Will you be buying a copy of this magazine this week?

Doctor Who Live Tickets On Sale Now

Earlier this week it was announced that a new Doctor Who stage show, Doctor Who Live, will be touring the United Kingdom and Ireland this Autumn. Tickets for this event have now gone on sale, and if you want to secure seats at this event, it is highly recommended that you book now. You can do this by clicking here and then following the links to the venue which you wish to attend. Doctor Who Live will see the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Judoon, the Weeping Angels, and the Ood, to name only a few, encounter on stage, and battle it out in a new story written by Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat. Have you bought any tickets?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vincent And The Doctor Official Synopsis

The BBC Press Office has today released the official synopsis for the tenth episode of Doctor Who series five, Vincent and the Doctor. The episode, written by Richard Curtis, will see The Doctor and Amy travel to Provence, where they meet the famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh, and encounter a vicous alien enemy. The synopsis for this story can be read below:

Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it, as the time-travelling drama continues with an episode written by Richard Curtis. Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent Van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien.

Vincent and the Doctor will be broadcast on BBC One and on BBC HD on the fifth of June at 6.50pm, and as always, the latest news will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. What do you think of the official synopsis for this story?

Series Five Episode Thirteen Title Revealed

The BBC have today revealed the title for the thirteenth and final episode of Doctor Who's fifth series, after the recent announcement of the title for the twelfth. The episode has been confirmed as 'The Big Bang', which was a title rumoured for the episode for quite some time, but no official confirmation came until now. The Big Bang, which is written by Steven Moffat, features the latest come backs of both the Cybermen and Professor River Song, and the conclusion of the unfolding crack story arc. It will receive it's broadcast on BBC One and on BBC HD on June the twenty-sixth, and you can expect to see the latest news regarding it here soon.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Series Five Episode Twelve Title Revealed

The BAFTA website recently revealed the title for the twelfth episode of Doctor Who series five. The title was confirmed as 'The Pandorica Opens', which has been rumoured as the title for quite a while, in a report announcing a special screening of the episode next month. An unofficial synopsis which was featured alongside the report on the event can be read below:

A little girl called out for help about a crack in her bedroom wall and the Doctor answered. But now the cracks in time threaten the whole universe, silence is falling and the Pandorica opening. Can the Doctor and his feisty Scottish companion Amy Pond save the day?

The episode is the first of a two-parter and will feature The Doctor and Amy, alongside returning friend, Professor River Song, and returning enemies, the Cybermen. It will be broadcast on Saturday the nineteenth of June, and more information will be posted when available. What are your thoughts on this title?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Vampires Of Venice Final Ratings

BARB have now released the final ratings for the sixth episode of Doctor Who series five, The Vampires of Venice, which was broadcast on BBC One and on BBC HD earlier this month. These ratings show that the episode was watched by 7.3 million people on BBC One, with a further 0.4 million on the BBC HD channel. This makes the official and final ratings 7.7 million, an increase of over one million on the overnight figures of 6.2 million. The final ratings for last Saturday's Doctor Who episode, Amy's Choice, will be released early next week, and will then be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex. What do you think of these ratings for The Vampires Of Venice?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Doctor Who Stage Show Coming This Autumn

Today, it has been announced that a brand new Doctor Who stage show called 'Doctor Who Live' will be touring the United Kingdom and Ireland this Autumn. It will feature a specially written script by Steven Moffat featuring the Daleks, Cyberman, and Weeping Angels, and although not performing in the show, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will be showed as The Doctor and Amy Pond in clips. The show will be on tour, travelling to various citys with a live orchestra, for thirty-three days only, and a full list of it's venues along with dates can be read below:

October 08 - 10 – London Wembley Arena
October 12 - 13 - Sheffield Arena
October 14 - 17 - Glasgow SECC
October 18 - 20 - Birmingham NIA
October 22 - 24 - Manchester MEN Arena
October 25 - 26 - Notts Trent FM Arena
October 28 - 31 - Cardiff Int Arena
November 02 - 03 - Liverpool Echo Arena
November 06 - 07 - Belfast Odyssey Arena

Tickets for the show will be released on Friday, and will be available from it's official website which can be seen by clicking here. More details will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when announced. What do you think of this news?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Amy's Choice Overnight Ratings

BARB have today released the overnight ratings for the seventh episode of Doctor Who series five, Amy's Choice, which received it's first broadcast last night. The episode was watched by 5.85 million on BBC One, according to the ratings, with an additional 0.34 million watching over on the BBC HD channel. This brings the overnight ratings to 6.2 million and gives it 33% of the audience share, making it the second most watched programme of the day, yet again being beaten by Britain's Got Talent on ITV One. The final ratings are expected to be released in a few days time, and then will be posted here. What do you think of the overnight ratings for this episode?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Hungry Earth Next Time Trailer

Tonight's broadcast of Amy's Choice was followed by the next time trailer for episode eight of Doctor Who series five, The Hungry Earth. The episode will see The Doctor, Amy, and Rory, land on Earth in 2015, in time for the long awaited new series revival of the popular classic series enemies and cousins of the Sea Devils, the Silurians. This new trailer can be watched below:

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The Hungry Earth will be broadcast on BBC One and on BBC HD next Saturday at 6:15pm, and the latest coverage will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, as soon as it becomes available. What are your thoughts on this brand new trailer?

Amy's Choice: What Did You Think?

The seventh episode of Doctor Who series five, Amy's Choice, has just been broadcast here in the United Kingdom, and now it's your time to post your thoughts on it. What world did you originally think was real? Did your prediction change? What did you think of Simon Nye's script? What did you think of the Dreamlord? Did any moments surprise you? How did you think Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and the rest of the episode's cast performed? And what did you rate it out of ten? All appropriate comments are appreciated and will be published. Please feel free to get involved in this week's episode discussion by posting comments including views, thoughts and opinions.

Doctor Who: Amy's Choice Broadcasts Tonight

Saturday is here once again, and so is the next episode of Doctor Who's fifth series. Tonight's episode, Amy's Choice, will see The Doctor land in Amy Pond's garden five years since they last met, all part of a strange world created around the time travellers by the Dreamlord, or is it the real world? With two possible words, one real, and one a fake, Amy must make the hardest decision of her life yet, on the eve of her first child's birth, but the wrong choice will send the TARDIS crew to their deaths. The episode has been written by Simon Nye and will receive it's broadcast at 6.25pm on BBC One and over on BBC HD, being followed by it's accompanying Doctor Who Confidential over on BBC Three. Come back to The Gallifrey Vortex later tonight to participate in the episode discussion, and to see the next time trailer for the next episode, entitled The Hungry Earth.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Series Five Episode Ten And Eleven Titles

The official Doctor Who website has now been updated with the titles for the tenth and eleventh episodes of Doctor Who's fifth series, currently airing in the United Kingdom and in America. The tenth episode, written by Richard Curtis, which will see The Doctor and Amy meet Van Gogh, has been revealed as Vincent and The Doctor. The eleventh episode, written by Gareth Roberts, which will see The Doctor land on Earth and live a life with a new character played by James Corden, has been revealed as The Lodger. The episodes will be broadcast on BBC One and on BBC HD next month, and the titles for episode twelve and thirteen will be released shortly, and then posted here. What are your thoughts on these episode titles?

Doctor Who Adventures #166

BBC Magazines have sent us the cover and details for issue one-hundred-and-sixty-six of Doctor Who Adventures magazine, which went on sale on Thursday. The latest edition of the magazine previews the first Adventure game, and comes with a free stationery set. The cover for this week's magazine can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

With dangerous alien fish on the loose and fangs a plenty, Doctor Who Adventures looks back at an episode that had a real bite - The Vampires of Venice.

With just weeks to go until the first Doctor Who Adventure Game, we look at what is in store and how you can help the Doctor defeat the Daleks and save planet Earth.

Want to know how they made the Weeping Angels? We go behind the scenes at The Time of the Angels and Flesh and Stone shoot and find out all the details.

We look at this week’s episode, Amy’s Choice. Find out what the Doctor discovers when he visits Amy and Rory five years in their future.

All this, plus:

FREE Doctor Who stationery set!
Win your very own life-size Weeping Angel
10 essential facts about Amy and Rory
Subscription offer – subscribe today and get your first four issues for £1, then 25% off of a year’s subscription

Issue 166 of Doctor Who Adventures is out on Thursday 13 May, price £2.10.

Issue one-hundred-and-sixty-six of Doctor Who Adventures is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the usual price of £2.10. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine this week?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Doctor Who Series Five Flight Control TARDIS

Character Options have now revealed the second addition to their new series five range of Doctor Who toys, the Flight Control TARDIS. The TARDIS reacts to movement with sound and light effects, and is scaled to go alongside Character's Doctor Who action figures, which will feature new series five additions later this year. It includes a flashing TARDIS Lantern, opening front doors and telephone door, and features many changes in appearance since the original flight control TARDIS in 2007. It is expected to be released in early June, being sold at a recommended retail price of £14.99. Will you be purchasing this?

Cold Blood Official Synopsis

The BBC Press Office has today released the official synopsis for the ninth episode of Doctor Who series five, Cold Blood. The episode is the second of a two-parter which will see The Doctor, Amy, and Rory, land on Earth in 2015, where they encounter the Silurians attempting to reclaim Earth once more. The synopsis for this episode of the new series can be read below:

It is the most important day in the history of Earth: the dawn of a new age of harmony or the start of its final war. In the latest episode of the time-travelling drama, written by Chris Chibnall, The Doctor must face his most difficult challenge yet. It is a battle in which he cannot take sides and a day when nobody must die…

The episode is set to be transmitted on both BBC One and on BBC HD on Saturday the twenty-ninth of May, with the current time set as 6.25pm, although that could change. The synopsis for the preceding episode, The Hungry Earth, can be read by clicking here in an older post. What do you think of the synopsis?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Amy's Choice Promotional Pictures

With the broadcast of the next Doctor Who episode, Amy's Choice, getting nearer, another set of four promotional pictures from the episode has appeared online. The images from the episode, written by Simon Nye, feature The Doctor as played by Matt Smith, Amy as played by Karen Gillan, and Rory as played Arthur Darvill, and can be see below (click one to enlarge it):



Amy's Choice will be broadcast in the United Kingdom and Ireland on BBC One and on BBC HD this Saturday at 6.25pm, and the latest regarding it will continue to be posted here when it is made available. What are your thoughts on these?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Amy's Choice More Promotional Pictures

Today has seen the BBC release four more brand new promotional pictures from this Saturday's forthcoming Doctor Who episode, Amy's Choice. The episode, written by Simon Nye, will see the mysterious Dream Lord trap The Doctor, Amy, and Rory, in a world where they can not tell what is real, and what is not. All four of the pictures from Amy's Choice can be seen below:

Amy's Choice broadcasts this Saturday at 6:25pm on BBC One and on BBC HD, and more regarding it will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex as it becomes available. What do you think of the new promotional images from Amy's Choice?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Flesh And Stone Final Ratings

BARB have today revealed the official and final ratings for the fifth episode of Doctor Who series five, Flesh and Stone. The episode was watched by 8.02 million on BBC One, according to the viewing figures, with an additional 0.48 million watching over on BBC HD. This brings the final ratings to 8.5 million, a big increase on the 6.9 million it achieved in the overnight ratings. The final ratings for the following episode of the series, The Vampires of Venice, which was aired on Saturday, will be released by BARB next week, and will then be posted here. What do you think of the final ratings?

Doctor Who Adventures #165

BBC Magazines have sent us the cover and details for issue one-hundred-and-sixty-five of Doctor Who Adventures magazine, which went on sale last Thursday. This week's issue of the magazine includes a new fact file on the Weeping Angels, and comes with a free Doctor Who bag. The magazine's cover can be seen to the left, and the official press release for it can be read below:

It wasn’t just Amy squeezing her eyes shut during last week’s episode Flesh and Stone – Doctor Who Adventures looks back at all the frights in the Angel-packed episode.

Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, tells all about her mysterious character. Find out what she thought of Matt Smith the first time she met him and what she thinks River’s secret is.

This week, Matt talks about the episodes with the Weeping Angels and how they were the first story he recorded in his exclusive diary.

We also go behind the scenes inside the TARDIS! Check out all the levers, switches and gizmos in the Doctor’s amazing spaceship.

All this, plus:

Preview of episode six, The Vampires of Venice
AMAZING Doctor Who bag!
The chance to win your very own life-size Weeping Angel
10 terrifying facts about the Angels
Subscription offer – subscribe today and get your first four issues for £1, then 25% off of a year’s subscription

Issue 165 of Doctor Who Adventures is out on Thursday 6 May, price £2.99.

Issue one-hundred-and-sixty-five of Doctor Who Adventures is now available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the higher price of £2.99. Will you be buying a copy of this magazine this week?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Vampires Of Venice Overnight Ratings

BARB have now released the overnight ratings for the sixth Doctor Who series five episode, The Vampires of Venice. The episode, which saw The Doctor and Amy Pond take Rory Williams for a travel to sixteenth century Venice, where they encountered the vampire-like Saturnynian, managed to pull in 5.9 million viewers when broadcast on BBC One. An additional 0.2 million watched it in high definition over on BBC HD, bringing the total count to 6.2 million viewers. This episode got 30.6% of the audience share, and was the second most watched programme of the day, again being beaten to first by Britain's Got Talent, a recurring theme. Official ratings to come.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Amy's Choice Next Time Trailer

Tonight's first transmission of The Vampires of Venice was followed up by the next time trailer for the seventh episode of the series, Amy's Choice. The trailer includes clips of The Doctor, Amy, and Rory, trapped inside the mysterious world created by the Dream Lord, while their sleeping selves lie in the TARDIS hurtling towards a star. It can be seen below:

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Doctor Who: Amy's Choice will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel next Saturday at 6.25pm, and as always, the latest coverage on the Doctor Who episode will be posted here, on The Gallifrey Vortex, when available.

Vampires Of Venice: What Did You Think?

The Vampires of Venice has just been broadcast here in the United Kingdom, and now it's your turn to let others know what you thought. In this post, you can leave your opinions, views, and any thoughts you have on the episode. What did you think of the 'vampires' true identities? Did the episode keep you on the edge of your seat? Did you enjoy it's plot? What did you think of the conclusion? Was the episode well written? What do you rate it out of ten? And how do you think Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and the rest of the cast performed? Please feel free to get involved in the episode discussion as all appropriate comments are appreciated.

Doctor Who The Vampires Of Venice Tonight

Tonight, the new series of Doctor will continue with it's sixth episode, in which The Doctor take Amy Pond and Rory Williams for a romantic break in sixteenth century Venice, where all is not what it seems. The episode, entitled The Vampires of Venice, will see The Doctor, Amy, and Rory, discover vampire-like creatures rip Humans to shredded blood drained corpses, and encounter something hiding in the waters of the canal. The episode will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel tonight at 6.00pm, and will be followed by Doctor Who Confidential over on BBC Three. Come back to The Gallifrey Vortex later tonight for the next time trailer for next week's episode and a post where you can comment on The Vampires of Venice. Are you anticipating this episode?

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Hungry Earth Official Synopsis

The BBC Press Office has today released the official synopsis for the eighth episode of Doctor Who series five, The Hungry Earth. The episode will see the long anticipated return of the classic series enemies, The Silurians, who battled the third and fifth Doctors, and are now watching over the Humans drilling to centre of the Earth. The episode's synopsis can be read below:

It’s 2015 and the most ambitious drilling project in history has reached deeper beneath the Earth’s crust than man has ever gone before – but now the ground itself is fighting back. In the latest episode of the time-travelling drama, written by Chris Chibnall, the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in a tiny mining village and find themselves plunged into a battle against a danger from a bygone age.

The Hungry Earth will be broadcast on BBC One and on the BBC HD channel on Saturday the twenty-second of May at 6.15pm, and will be followed by it's accompanying Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three. What do you think of this?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Doctor Who Merlin Sticker Collection 2010

Merlin Stickers have now released a brand new Doctor Who sticker collection and book across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The stickers are from the four 2009 specials: Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars, and The End of Time parts one and two, along with the first four episodes of the fifth series: The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, and The Time of Angels. The cover for the sticker book can be seen to the left, and it's press release from Merlin Stickers can be read below:

With 260 stickers to collect featuring all of the 2009 specials plus the first four episodes of the brand new series, this collection is a must have for any Doctor Who fan.

Packed full with all the gadgets and aliens that the Doctor encounters, experience the galaxy as you have never seen it before.

The album also comes with a super A2 sticker wall chart featuring brand new characters from the new series.

The only thing left for you to do is to step inside the TARDIS and enjoy the ride.

Inside this brand new Doctor Who sticker collection from Topps relive the final moments of the Tenth Doctor and follow the Eleventh Doctor and his brand new companion as their adventure through time and space begins.

The Doctor Who sticker collection book is available to buy at good newsagents across the United Kingdom and Ireland now at the price of £1.49, while packs of stickers can be bought for 40p. Will you be collecting these Doctor Who stickers?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Go Inside The Dalek Ship And Byzantium

The official Doctor Who website is now allowing visitors to explore both The Dalek spaceship from Victory of the Daleks and the Byzantium from The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone. The way you can look around the ships is by a new 3D panoramic feature the BBC is using, which allows you to look for three-hundred-and-sixty degrees and discover hidden new desktop wallpapers, clips, and much more. The Dalek ship can be explored by clicking here while the Byzantium can be explored by clicking here on the official Doctor Who website. If any more panoramic 3D features are added to the official site, a post linking to them will be posted here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Time Of Angels Final Ratings

Official ratings for the fourth Doctor Who series five episode, The Time of Angels, have now been released by BARB. The ratings show that the episode managed to achieve 8.13 million views on BBC One, with an additional 0.461 million watching on BBC HD, bringing the total number of viewers to 8.6 million. This in an increase of almost two million on the ratings released by BARB the day after The Time of Angels was first aired which were 6.8 million. The overnight ratings for The Vampires of Venice will be released on Sunday, and the final ratings for Flesh and Stone will be added by BARB during next week, and will both be posted here some time after.

Doctor Who Magazine #421 Press Release

The four-hundred-and-twenty-first issue of Doctor Who Magazine went on sale last Thursday, and the official Facebook group for the magazine has today been updated with the press release for it. This month's edition includes previews of the next series five episodes; The Vampires Of Venice, Amy's Choice, The Hungry Earth, and Cold Blood, takes a look at the new Daleks, includes a brand new comic-strip, and features a guide to the TARDIS. This issue's cover can be seen to the left and it's press release can be read below:

There are Vampires, Silurians and life-changing choices to be made, in DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 421!

DWM previews four fantastic forthcoming episodes of Doctor Who – THE VAMPIRES OF VENICE, AMY'S CHOICE, THE HUNGRY EARTH and COLD BLOOD – with exclusive interviews with writers Toby Whithouse, Simon Nye, Chris Chibnall and Steven Moffat, and never-before-seen photos!

Talking about the new-look reptile people of The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, CHRIS CHIBNALL reveals, “These new creatures don’t negate the original Silurians, they’re a different exploration of the same idea. They’re close cousins. And once you see Neve McIntosh (who plays Siluians Alaya and Restac) and Matt Smith acting their socks off together, I’m hoping you’ll feel the idea paid off…”

Also this issue:

IT'S EDUCATIONAL!
Head writer STEVEN MOFFAT gets his head flushed down the loo and tells us what else happened when Matt Smith and Karen Gillan went back to school with the Doctor Who team, in PRODUCTION NOTES!

IT'S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE!
It’s the most incredible ship in the entire universe – the Doctor’s trusty TARDIS! Join the Watcher as he leads you through his indispensible in-depth guide to the Time Lord’s astonishing time and space machine.

IT'S ALL VERY, VERY COLOURFUL!
They’re bigger than before. And they’ve had a paint job! Writer Mark Gatiss, actors Nick Briggs and Barnaby Edwards and designer Peter McKinstry explain just how and why the brand new Daleks have come about.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY SUPER!
The Eleventh Doctor and Amy visit a jungle planet that’s full of scary surprises, as they make their DWM comic strip d├ębut in SUPERNATURE, written by Jonathan Morris with art by Mike Collins.

IT'S A MYSTERY!
Just who is the smart, sexy and teasingly enigmatic River Song? DWM catches up with the actress who plays her, ALEX KINGSTON, and finds out exactly what she knows about the secrets of her elusive character.

IT'S THE BLOKE WHO WAS THE DEMON HEADMASTER!
DWM meets the TERRENCE HARDIMAN, who chats candidly about his sinister role in The Beast Below – and what it’s like to be best known for terrifying children!

IT'S WRITTEN DOWN IN FRONT OF YOU!
Just how is a Doctor Who script translated from script to screen? DWM finds out just how it done as it talks to Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Caitlin Blackwood and Steven Moffat about bringing The Eleventh Hour to life.

IT'S STUFFED TO THE GILLS!
There’s also a host of prize-winning competitions, DVD and audio previews, reviews of The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below and the latest CDs, DVDs and games, all the very latest official news, and much, much more!

IT'S HERE!
DWM 421 is out now, priced £4.20. Don’t miss it!

Issue four-hundred-and-twenty-one of Doctor Who magazine is available to buy at good newsagents and supermarkets across the United Kingdom and Ireland, being sold at the price of £4.20. Will you be purchasing a copy of this magazine?