Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Doctor Who at Christmas

The Runaway Bride is airing on BBC1 at 7pm on Christmas Day and the countdown has begun (mouse over the website). The Doctor Who advent calendar activates a new link that contains a Doctor Who related snippet for each day of advent. So far, Day 2 contains a very silly "Secret Santa" game that provides a brief distraction. Day 4 is also good -- Song for Ten, which Mark and I really like and which was apparently written especially for that episode. Demand for the song has been great, but it has not been available for purchase until now. The song is included in a Doctor Who soundtrack album that was released in the UK on the 4th of December and is due to be released here on the 13th of February. Here's a video (one of many) that I pulled off YouTube:

In fact, what the heck -- here's another good one:

Last year's Christmas Invasion boasted an average viewing figure (in Britain) of 9.84 million and was the second most watched programme of Christmas Day (Eastenders was top with 10.6 million).

We're all looking forward the this year's Christmas special co-starring Catherine Tate. Let's see if it can top last year's ratings.

To get really excited for Christmas, take a look at this BBC Christmas teaser:

It includes Billie Piper in a dramatisation of Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke (BBC1, 27th Dec., 8:30pm), which we're also looking forward to.

In addition, there is a New Year's day special of The Sarah Jane Adventures airing on New Years Day (BBC1, 4:50pm). A series is set to follow later in the year.

Also look out for the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) in Heroes (currently one of my favourite US programmes).

Here's the BBC1 Christmas schedule. (If you're one of those unlucky people who happen to not be in the UK over the Christmas period, you have my condolences, but hopefully you'll find some almost-as-good entertainment elsewhere.)


Jonny Goodacre said...

How come you know more about Christmas TV than I do - and I live here?!!

Very good BBC 3 Trail involving Santa being Steve McQueen from The Great Escape jumping over the barbed wire.

Might be a little controversial to say this ... but I think Torchwood is better than Doctor Who (gasp).

Viola said...

I'm thoroughly enjoying Torchwood too, but bear in mind that Torchwood is aimed at adults whereas Doctor Who is family viewing.

We've also recently started getting into Spooks, (MI5 in the USA). We're a bit late on the uptake with this but have heard people say how good it is so decided to catch up by hiring DVDs. It's quite good, but not as good as Torchwood.

We're also really enjoying the new Robin Hood. There is a Doctor Who connection here in that Much is played by Sam Troughton, the grandson of Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor.