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ABC Whovians Awards Results!

Posted by SonicR on December 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (2)

After a couple of weeks of voting, it's time to announce the results of the ABC Whovians Awards for Doctor Who Series 8! So, with no further ado, the results are as follows:

Best Story:

1. Listen

2. Mummy on the Orient Express

3. Time Heist

4. Deep Breath

5. Flatline

6. Into the Dalek

7. Dark Water/Death in Heaven

8. Robot of Sherwood

9. The Caretaker

10. Kill the Moon

11. In the Forest of the Night

Best Writer

1. Steven Moffat (Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Listen, Time Heist, The Caretaker, Dark Water/Death in Heaven)

2. Jamie Mathieson (Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline)

3. Stephen Thompson (Time Heist)

4. Phil Ford (Into the Dalek)

5. Mark Gatiss (Robot of Sherwood)

6. Gareth Roberts (The Caretaker)

7. Peter Harness (Kill the Moon)

8. Frank Cottrell Boyce (In the Forest of the Night)

Best Director

1. Douglas Mackinnon (Listen, Time Heist, Flatline)

2. Ben Wheatley (Deep Breath, Into the the Dalek)

3. Paul Wilmshurst (Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express)

4. Rachel Talalay (Dark Water/Death in Heaven)

5. Paul Murphy (Robot of Sherwood, The Caretaker)

6. Sheree Folkson (In the Forest of the Night)

Best Recurring Cast Member

1. Peter Capaldi (the Doctor)

2. Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)

3. Michelle Gomez (Missy/the Master)

4. Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink)

5. Ellis George (Courtney Woods)

Best Guest Actress

1. Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra) & Ingrid Oliver (Osgood)

2. Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox/Madam Karabraxos)

3. Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint)

4. Zawe Ashton (Journey Blue)

5. Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart)

6. Pippa Bennett-Warner (Saibra)

7. Abigail Eames (Maebh Arden)

8. Laura Dos Santos (Gretchen Carlisle)

9. Hermione Norris (Lundvik)

10. Daisy Beaumont (Maisie)

11. Harley Bird (Ruby)

Best Guest Actor

1. Peter Ferdinando (Half-Faced Man)

2. Frank Skinner (Perkins)

3. Ben Miller (Sheriff of Nottingham)

4. Dan Starkey (Commander Strax)

5. Tom Riley (Robin Hood)

6. Chris Addison (Seb)

7. Jonathon Bailey (Psi)

8. Michael Smiley (Morgan Blue)

9. Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage)

10. David Bamber (Captain Quell)

11. Christopher Villiers (Professor Moorhouse)

12. Christopher Fairbank (Fenton)

13. Joivan Wade (Rigsy)

14. Ashley Foster (Bradley)

15. Jaydon Harris-Wallace (Samson)

Best Villain

1. Missy/the Master

2. The Half-Faced Man

3. Ms Delphox

4. The Sheriff of Nottingham

5. Seb

6. Gus

Best Monster

1. The Teller & The Mummy

2. Possible Unseen Entity from Listen

3. Daleks

4. The Boneless (2D creatures)

5. Clockwork Robots

6. Cybermen

7. Robot Knights & Spider Bacteria

8. Skovox Blitzer

What do you think of the results? Were they what you expected, or were there a few surprises? Let us know in the comments below!

Results: Favourite Doctor Poll

Posted by sm on November 15, 2014 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (6)

Over the last week we have asked you to vote for your favourite incarnations of the Doctor in our "Australia's Favourite Doctor" poll. Some found the process of ranking the different actors playing the Doctor easy, while others (including myself) felt it was like ranking their children from favourite to least favourite.


But now the votes are in and we can now announce that the winner, by a healthy margin, is: David Tennant.


The full list in order is:


1 David Tennant


2 Tom Baker


3 Peter Capaldi


4 Matt Smith


5 Christopher Eccleston


6 Jon Pertwee


7 Peter Davison


8 William Hartnell


9 Patrick Troughton


10 John Hurt


11 Paul McGann


12 Sylvester McCoy


13 Colin Baker


David Tennant and Matt Smith both had the same number of first place rankings, but more people placed Tennant in the 2nd to 4th positons than Smith. Interstingly they both scored the same number of voters plcing them in the bottom 4 positons. Only Patrick Troughton and Sylvester McCoy not being ranked as anybody's favourite Doctor, but both had some voters rating them as their 2nd Favourite.

All in all, I believe it shows that Doctor Who appeals to a broad range of Australians, with so many different opinions on what (or who) makes a good Doctor.

Thank you to all who voted and stay tuned for our Series 8 Favourite episodes, actors/ actresses, writers, etc poll COMING SOON!


Detailed report from the poll is included below, including the formula used to calculate placings:

ABC Whovians Awards: Doctor Who Series 8

Posted by SonicR on November 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (6)

With the conclusion of Series 8 of Doctor, it's time for the 3rd Annual ABC Whovians Awards!


The Awards consist of 8 questions asking you to rank the stories/writers/directors, etc of the series from best to worst. To enter, click on the link below:


Voting will be open until the end of the month, with the results being announced on December 1.

 Happy voting!

Doctor Who World Tour - Sydney

Posted by lightspeed on August 16, 2014 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (5)

By 6.30pm I had joined the crowd gathering outside the State Theatre for the 7.30pm start of DWWT.

A few fans were in costume as the various Doctors and many others were wearing some kind of DW accessory (Tardis hoodie, scarf, bowtie).

I didn't see any extreme costumes (like daleks or cybermen) although one of the "Doctors" was holding a replica of cyber-head Handles.

Some of the passersby seemed amused and curious (doesn't everyone know about Doctor Who?).

The foyer doors opened at 6.30pm and everyone was able to cram into the foyer to look at merchandise. I say "cram" but, despite the crush, DW fans are the best and there was no pushing, shoving (or "exterminating"!) amongst the crowd. Everyone was polite and cheerful.

The merchandise counter had some event-specific T-shirts and posters and a small range of generic DW items (like beanies and scarves) - not a large range of merchandise but people were certainly buying it up.

The auditorium doors opened at 7.00pm and there were official warnings and pleas about no photography or filming inside. 

The stage was in darkness with the TARDIS off to one side and we were reminded that the schedule had been altered so that episode Deep Breath would now be screened *before* the Q&A - to make for a more interesting Q&A session that could discuss elements of the episode.


During the next half hour we were entertained by Adam Spencer chatting with various audience members and some of us assembled a mini Tardis cardboard cut-out and wished that 7.30 would hurry up already so we could watch the episode.

Those of us high up at the back had a distant view of the stage but we could watch all activity on the screen including Adam Spencer roving the audience and a featured video compilation of fan tributes to Doctor Who.

Then came time for episode Deep Breath and, well, spoilers!


I have to say it was a good decision to delay the Q&A till afterwards because, having not yet met him, when watching the episode I was not watching Peter Capaldi. I was watching the Doctor.

When the episode ended at 8.50pm, there was a 25min interval before the hour-long Q&A at 9.15pm. The evening was nearly over and still not a glimpse of Peter Capaldi!


After the interval, we watched a video tribute to previous companions and then Jenna walked alone on stage to much applause (did you know she has relatives in Australia?) and was joined by Adam for an interview on life with Doctor Who.

We then had a tribute to Doctors past and (finally!) Peter Capaldi walked out of the smoke and shadows on stage.

The new Doctor! It was definitely a goosebump moment.


And then began a Q&A session with Adam and Peter, rejoined later by Jenna, the non-spoiler version of which can be seen on iview.

The highlights of this for me, were the poignant description of Matt's handover to Peter (a big hug and "the TARDIS is yours") and a comic description of Steven Moffat, in the kitchen, enacting the whole of S8 for Peter Capaldi.

On the whole, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman were warm, entertaining and very gracious.


Roll on August 24!

-- Lightspeed

(Photography by Lisa)


Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Adelaide, Perth and Sydney in 2015!

Posted by SonicR on August 5, 2014 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (3)

After three succesful tours in the last few years, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will again return to Australia early next year! In 2015, the tour will visit Adelaide and Perth for the first time before returning to Sydney once more. The event will be hosted by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, and will be accompanied by a plethora of monsters from the show. Tour Dates are as follows:

Saturday 24 January 2015

Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA

Sat 31 Jan

Perth Arena, WA

Sat 7 Feb

Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, NSW

Times to be arranged

The BBC and Ticketek are offering exclusive pre-sale offers, from Tue 5 Aug, 2pm - Mon 18 Aug, 10am (AEST) and Thu 7 Aug, 2pm - Mon 18 Aug, 10am (local time) respectively. Tickets will be available to the public from Mon 18 Aug, 10am (local time).

Pre-sale tickets can be booked at

'Ultimate Fan' and VIP packages are also being offered:

Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 1 to be Screened in Cinemas!

Posted by SonicR on July 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Following on from the successfully screenings of The Day of the Doctor in cinemas worldwide, the BBC has announced that Deep Breath, the feature-length first episode of Series 8, will also be seeing a cinematic release.

Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) – in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.

Head over to for more details.

Update: ABC premiere of Doctor Who Series 8

Posted by sm on June 21, 2014 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (5)


The ABC has confirmed that the new series of Doctor Who will once again be fast tracked for Australian fans, going to air on the 24th August on ABC1.

Sorry if anybody has made their wedding plans based on our earlier incorrect prediction of the 17th August

Here is our previous predictions and our reasons:

 Doctor Who Series 8 will (likely) air on the 17th August on the ABC.

Why do we say so?

Well, starting from tonight (Saturday the 21st June 2014) ABC2 has begun airing repeats of 2 Doctor Who episodes each week starting from the Series 7 opener- Asylum of the Daleks. At this rate they will be up to showing Day of the Doctor and Time of the Doctor on Saturday the 9th August, just in time for a brand new episode to air the following weekend 16th/17th August. If the new tradition of a broadcast on Sunday night- within 24 hours of the British broadcast- is maintained we should be seeing Peter Capaldi's debut on Sunday the 19th of August on the ABC. This fits in with the Doctor Who World Tour promoting the new series being scheduled between the 7th and 19th August with Sydney as one of the stop offs, as wellas a previous announcement that Series 8 will begin some time in August.

Bring on August!

Update: Doctor Who World Tour Coming to Sydney, Australia!

Posted by SonicR on June 12, 2014 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (1)

As part of the lead up to Doctor Who Series 8, current leads Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, along with current showrunner Steven Moffat, will be embarking on a 12 day World Tour in August this year, visiting 5 continents and 7 cities along the way. Part of this tour will bring them to one city Down Under - Sydney!


Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will be live onstage at Sydney's State Theatre on Tuesday 12 August! Hosted by Adam Spencer, the Q&A session will also feature a special screening of 'Deep Breath', the feature-length first episode of Series 8!

Sign-up to for pre-sale information. Tickets will be available for general sale through Ticketmaster from 11.00am on Monday 21 July.


For further information please contact:

Phoebe Price, Communications Executive, BBC Worldwide ANZ

02 9744 4507| 0403 457 533 |


DW Symphonic Spectacular

Posted by sm on February 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (3)

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular has landed in Australia again- with performances this time in Melbourne and Brisbane, and for the first time hosted by a real life Doctor- the fifth Doctor- Peter Davison. If you have photos of the event you can share with us please post them here:

You can even post video by clicking the Video link in the the navigation bar above.\

Or you can write a review of the event here in the comments section of this blog.

ABC Whovians member Entish posted this review in our Doctor Who forum:

"Went to see the Dr Who Symphonic in Melbourne last night. It was fantistic (and so was I). It was way beyond what I had expected even after having watched Dr Who Prom. The music was brilliant and I had no idea that the Melb Symphany Orchestra would play so beautifully. As was mentioned on this thread the fifth Doctor was the host and he was funny. There were a couple of surprises which I will not mention here as there are few of you are yet to see it. The only downside is there weren't many monsters and a lack of photo opportunies with them. I will not mention what I did in case the Judoon pays me a visit. Will definately go again."- Entish

We look forward to Sonic and Madman in a Box's reviews when they attend the Brisbane show!

Twelfth Doctor Announced!

Posted by SonicR on August 5, 2013 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (3)

Today, at 4am AEST, after months of speculation, the identity of the 12th Doctor was finally revealed:

Peter Capaldi!

The BBC released the following statement after the announcement had been made:


"In a special live broadcast, the it was today announced that the role of Doctor Who would next be played by Peter Capaldi.

Widely regarded as one of the biggest roles in British television, Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas.

Peter Capaldi says: “Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege. Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says : “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”

Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says “I’m so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven’s writing and his talent I know we’ll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can’t wait to start this new adventure!”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says : “Peter Capaldi has all the genius and versatility needed to take on the mantel of the great Time Lord and make the role his own. He’ll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven’s house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man. He’s an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can’t wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he’s going to become one of the all-time classic Doctors.”"


Going by the reaction I've seen on the web today, I can safely say that Peter has been very well received by fans. However, there are those who say he's 'too old' to take the role. Perhaps they need to be reminded that Peter is only 55, the same age that William Hartnell was when he took the role 50 years ago! It is fitting, that in that time, Doctor Who has come full circle in respect to the age of the actor playing the lead role.

What do you think of the casting choice? Is Peter Capaldi the best candidate, or were there others you would have preferred? Is Peter too old? Are you looking forward to his first appearance in the Christmas Special? Let everyone know by commenting below!

From everyone here at ABC Whovians, we wish Peter Capaldi all the best for becoming part of Doctor Who history, and we look forward to the day when the Twelfth Doctor flies the TARDIS for the first time.