Talk:List of Doctor Who episodes (2005–present)/Archive 7

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Adam in Series 4

At the end of the preview for the new series that aired at the end of the Christmas special, it looked as if Martha, Adam, the Doctor, and Donna were all standing together. Just wondering if Adam was confirmed to be in series 4 or if I was mistaken.

And by Adam, I mean Adam from Series 1, he was introducted in the episode "Dalek" and travelled with the doctor for a short time. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.78.240.107 (talk) 13:53, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

I don't recall reing Adam in the trailer. We have heard nothing about Adam returning yet, so I would be surprised if he did appear. StuartDD contributions 20:11, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
I think that's Ryan Sampson. He's confirmed to be in Series Four and it might be the Sontaran story. --86.2.173.190 (talk) 19:15, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

UNIT return???

I have seen the series 4 trailer and if you pause it at 00:17, there seems to be a group of people in UNIT uniform, could this be verified???--Teenage wikian (talk) 18:45, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Yes, the latest DWM states that unit are back - mentioned as episode 5. I think this is on the UNIT page. For reference it's DWM 390 page 4 - same page as the Sontaran title. StuartDD contributions 19:34, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

cheers, i will put it back on --Teenage wikian (talk) 12:33, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Episode articles

I'd be inclined to start articles for all titled episodes as soon as we have a confirmed date - looking to be Wednesday lunchtime. I'm also in favour of starting Doctor Who: Series 4 (episode X) articles for the few without titles, since we've got plenty to say, really, but I doubt you'd all be in favour of that ;-) But what about titled episodes, then? —TreasuryTag talkcontribs 18:58, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

All known titles already exist as redirects back to here. And no, I don't see much use in "Episode X" articles. EdokterTalk 23:25, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I think we should start articles for all titled episodes as soon as we have a confirmed date :-) Redirects aren't terribly informative for people wanting to know about upcoming television! —TreasuryTag talkcontribs 08:06, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
We know very little about the episodes just now, so I would be against that. Not all the Torchwood episodes have a page, and they are airing just now. I think we should wait till we have a decent level of information - particuarly as people don't seem to like episode articles. StuartDD contributions 08:50, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
We do have a decent level of information (plot, extracts from DWM...) - why wait? —TreasuryTag talkcontribs 16:17, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
Because the articles would be heavily vandalised.--Lerdthenerd (talk) 14:25, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

guest star

I noticed the line "Actor Colin Salmon (known for his role as Charles Robinson in three James Bond films) " in the text, and I was going to remove the James Bond reference as I didn't think it was relevant, but it told me I couldn't edit it. Can someone else remove it. I love Doctor Who (talk) 15:30, 10 March 2008 (UTC)

It is relevant, as that is what the actor is primarely known for. EdokterTalk 21:01, 10 March 2008 (UTC)
Fair enough. I love Doctor Who (talk) 08:45, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Tragic ending according to the sun

The sun has pictures from the last episode of doctor who series four, they show a dalek has shot the doctor (he is lying on the ground with Rose crouching next to him) and a picture of Rose carrying a big gun, it seems the doctor might die, we have pictures but nothing else, for example the title of the episode .--Lerdthenerd (talk) 19:17, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Link! Honestly though... I hate these spoilers, and we can't use them anyway. EdokterTalk 19:23, 15 March 2008 (UTC)
Yeah I agree we can't do anything with the pictures yet, betacommand bot would declare them as orphans and would probably eat anyway.--Lerdthenerd (talk) 19:40, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

classic monsters in new series

Under Series 4 details on this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partners_in_Crime_%28Doctor_Who%29#Series_4_.282008.29

> In the Doctor Who Confidential episode for "The Sound of Drums", Davies stated that it had always > been his intention to bring back classic icons of Doctor Who one step at a time: Daleks in series 1, > Cybermen in series 2, and the Master in series 3. He has also stated that he is not finished and will > continue reviving villains from the original series.[24]

The Nestene and their Autons also were classics in 1970's Spearhead from Space and 1971's Terror Of The Autons. They appeared again in 2005's episode Rose.

Afnaste (talk) 01:41, 17 March 2008 (UTC)Andy Steinberg March 16, 2007Afnaste (talk) 01:41, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Don't forget the macra!--Lerdthenerd (talk) 09:11, 17 March 2008 (UTC)
And? Remember that this is a encyclodepia. The above statement is sourced to an episode of Confidential; Russell T Davies didn't mention any other monsters or aliens, so they cannot be put into the above statement. EdokterTalk 14:24, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Series Four episode articals

Hello, I havn't been editing on wikipedia for a while but i've been suprised to see that the episode articals for series four arn't up yet, they were here by this time last year and I think it would be nice to get them started with a fair amount of information listed in DWM.--Wiggs (talk) 19:04, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Well, be bold! Although I don't think we have quite enough information yet to start the articles, and tend to start them as they air (as is currently the case with Torchwood). Also note that the articles with known titles already exist as a redirect to this page. EdokterTalk 19:21, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

I think for now we should just stick to working on articals for the first 3 upcoming episodes, the episode have a fair amount of information listed.--Wiggs (talk) 21:15, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Cinema trailer

This link is a BBC announcement that the trailer will make a TV/web debut on 29 March at approximately 7 pm. Personally, I think that would be worth adding, but I'm not registered. 90.211.130.242 (talk) 08:03, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing that out. I've added it. EdokterTalk 13:56, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Its changed to the 22nd.--Wiggs (talk) 23:22, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Already corrected. EdokterTalk 23:45, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Removal of protection

Hiya; I notice that the semi-protection was just dropped. I'd like to make a number of comments on this: firstly, it's been a lovely three months without constant "DAVROS"/"HARRIET JONES"/"omg THE RANI" comments being added on a daily basis. While we've still had the odd registered account doing this, they've been being blocked and the page's edits have all been clean for at least the last month, really, give or take a few.

We need to remember that the page was protected just after "Voyage of the Damned"... and there'll undoubtedly be a higher inflow of original research/speculation as the new series approaches. The trailers, press screening and media coverage will excite loads of drivel, and I'd say that this is the worst time to unprotect the page! Rumoured titles will float in, it'll generally get messy.

For the next 6 weeks, I'd suggest, the page will be subject to significant but temporary vandalism or disruption, for example due to media attention, which is one of the official reasons for semi-protection. Few edits will be made to the page from IPs that are valid, don't need heavy adjustment and are original enough that another, registered, editor won't add it better/more properly within two hours. I'd suggest we re-protect, certainly after five IP edits that have to be reverted. Thoughts? TreasuryTagtc 21:55, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

(Semi)-protection is warranted if the article is subject to disruptive editing or vandalism. However, protection should never be applied preventative, and articles are never protected indefenitely. I think three months was long enough. If IP edits prove to be disruptive, I'll happily re-apply protection. EdokterTalk 22:15, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
It's still pourin' in... Partners in Crime has already had to be protected. TreasuryTagtc 10:46, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
Semied for 1 week; I'm with Will that it should be indefinite. TreasuryTagtc 17:09, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Episode Dates

A reminder to users that from series 4 only the Partners in crime actually has a set date yet, I'd wait until the Radio Times has released the Doctor Who special listing all the dates.--Wiggs (talk) 12:13, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Indeed, I've been reverting in line with that. Note that the RT doesn't usually list all the dates; also, PiC doesn't actually have a date set yet, the Beeb say it's un-set. TreasuryTagtc 12:14, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
The Beeb actually did give out a date; Newsround gave 5 April as a date (which is common sense really). And yes, we've got potential rescheduling; we have the FA Cup Final on May 17th, then Eurovision the week after. Will (talk) 14:36, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Thing do change too, for example eurovision last year.--Wiggs (talk) 12:43, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

{{TOClimit|limit=2}}

Why is it needed? Most users would probably look for "Season X" (or "year Y") instead of "Z Doctor", which makes the navigation very user unfriendly. Not that there are many 4 levels (and not even one 5 level), but even {{TOClimit|limit=3}} is better than limit=2. Anyway, I didn't want to change it without consensus because I assumed it was important enough for some editor/s. So what do you think? -Lwc4life (talk) 17:19, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Every season/series level is a level-3 TOC. If teh limit is changed to to 3, the TOC would span several pages. Just try it in Preview. EdokterTalk 17:25, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Obviously I did before writing this. It's not too bad even without a limit at all. It does nothing much except letting you select a season/year. -Lwc4life (talk) 13:15, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
I can only wish we had a collapsible TOC. EdokterTalk 13:45, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Series 4 start date

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine states that Partners in Crime has a provisional airdate of 5 April. I'm not a registered user, so cannot add that, but I'll leave it to those of you who can to decide whether you will. 129.67.53.232 (talk) 23:06, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

I don't have DWM myself yet - can you give the page number and title of the article for the reference. StuartDD contributions 11:25, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Cool. I've been waiting for the airdate so I can get the Doomsday article on the main page. Will (talk) 11:35, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Doomsday article? Unfortunately I cannot give you the details you want, because I too don't have the issue. It comes out in shops on Thursdays while arriving in subscribers' mail on Tuesdays, as far as I understand it. I have this date on the authority of those who are subscribers. It had been stated by various sources earlier that that issue would reveal the answer. I think the best thing to do would be for someone like StuartDD to find out the page number and article title tomorrow or later and only then add it. Sorry I cannot be more help. 129.67.53.232 (talk) 12:02, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
I think we have to wait for someone with DWM to confirm this before putting it in. StuartDD contributions 12:09, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Yes, that's what I meant. 129.67.53.232 (talk) 12:53, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Actually, don't get excited. Not a single issue of DWM has yet been delivered. On the Doctor Who Forum, everyone's complaining; so, this appears to be a hoax!! —TreasuryTag talk contribs 12:58, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for that discovery. Nonetheless, it won't be long before an article of known title and page number has revealed the date, and so "spring 2008" will be amended in the article very soon. I'll leave that to the rest of you. I'd be amazed if it's not up here by the end of the weekend. 129.67.53.232 (talk) 14:02, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Let's keep it in for the moment. If Shokuwarrior indeed has a copy of DWM 393, then we should asume good faith. If it proves to be wrong, we can remove it. EdokterTalk 14:18, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

(ec)Hey; Edokter seems to have just replaced unverifiable information. Go on this thread; everyone has complained that there are no copies to be had a day early. Release is confirmed to be tomorrow; the usual people who get day-early copies haven't. It's therefore not verifiable and I recommend removing it. Surely, Shokuwarrior can't be the only person on Earth to have an early copy? And even so, ordinary people like you and me :-) can't verify it for themselves... Any thoughts? —TreasuryTag talkcontribs 14:19, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
I'd go with Edokter and assume that has been received by Shokuwarrior, given that he is stating both the title and the page (see here) - a pretty bold move if he doesn't have it. StuartDD contributions 14:23, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Nonetheless, it's not verifiable. —TreasuryTag talkcontribs 14:26, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Not officially yet anyway... but there are plenty of people working in the magazine printing/delivery business... EdokterTalk 14:36, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
I hit the wrong revision to revert, now fixed. The details Shokuwarrior has given seem trustworthy. However, if it turns out to be wrong, then we know never to trust him in the future, and he his shooting himself in the foot. EdokterTalk 14:32, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

DWM is embargoed until Monday (paragraph 4, "STOP PRESS"). Can we now remove the references as unverifiable? —TreasuryTag talkcontribs 17:21, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

I would go with that - at least until another editor can confirm the DWM material. StuartDD contributions 17:32, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I mean, good-faith doesn't stretch to believing that only one person in the UK has an embargoed mag! I'm going out now; will you do the honours, Stu? :-) —TreasuryTag talkcontribs 17:33, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
SFX is embargoed... you read the forum too much :) Stephenb (Talk) 17:49, 5 March 2008 (UTC) And its not embargoed because of DW, but some award; however, those that do have the new DWM say that the series starts in April. Stephenb (Talk) 18:38, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
They have it at last? That's good. Does it say what DAY though? If not, no wonder all the edits before we weren't sure about just said "April". Damn RTD, I want a date! Ah well. Wait, I said I wouldn't come back here. Well, I've changed my mind, that's all. Just to double-check: does the issue really only confirm April? 129.67.53.232 (talk) 22:27, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

To be fair, Edokter, DWM is now out and does say an April start, so I've got no problem with it being there now. Any other views? —TreasuryTag talk contribs 17:24, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

It is? OK. What page and article title (for proper ref formatting)? EdokterTalk 17:26, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
I've not got my copy yet, but friends have had theirs and the forum's alive with information and quotes from the issue; true, I'm just going by popular opinion ;-) —TreasuryTag talk contribs 17:28, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
Page 7, Article Title: "Back at Last!"--OZOO 17:28, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
Cheers - glad you can afford it! —TreasuryTag talk contribs 17:31, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

We have a date!

April 5. It might require synthesis (5-11 is the range given), but I doubt the BBC will change the slot. Will (talk) 12:53, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

the official site says the 5th--Lerdthenerd (talk) 19:10, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

There is also a time. 18:20 BST

SpiffingAnimal (talk) 20:41, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

New titles!!

  • Episode 5 - The Poison Sky
  • Episode 9 - The River's Run

Facebook group for DWM... second and third bullet-points under "RECENT NEWS". Can we add them in on the strength of that? TreasuryTagtc 18:19, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

"You must log in to see this page." Alas... unverifieble. EdokterTalk 18:54, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I guessed. Fair enough. TreasuryTagtc 18:54, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
It's the blurb that will be released to DWNews/DWO etc. so you'll be able to get a citable ref soon :) Stephenb (Talk) 19:19, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
It's already been added to the article with the Facebook source being cited. I myself could only find the title for episode 5 there, but anyway, assuming the link is considered citable, even then there's one thing that could do with tidying up: the same url is cited twice but has generated two different footnotes. Even if I was a registered user I wouldn't know how to fix that, but I just thought I'd bring it up. Seriously though, is this source good enough anyway? (I don't have an opinion on that, but felt that the recent edits seemed to be anti-consensus.) 90.211.130.229 (talk) 23:06, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
It's added again, citing DMW #394. Is DWM #394 out yet? EdokterTalk 00:42, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
Not until 3 April, but the Doctor Who News Page vouches for these as the titles. --Goobergunch|? 05:26, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
I just checked the article. The ref doesn't work. 90.211.130.229 (talk) 08:40, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

Daleks in Season 4

Hello. I'd like to point out that there is a video on YouTube featuring recorded footage of filming of the new season, and Daleks are present on the set. Should their confirmation be added into the article or should we wait until a proper confirmation is given by the BBC? Good work with this article by the way. Evilgidgit (talk) 19:25, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

We should probably wait until a reliable source has confirmed it. EdokterTalk 20:14, 21 March 2008 (UTC)
I don't know whether or not the video in question is this one, but it leaves NO room for doubt - not unless the BBC are filming already for post season four stuff, or wasting time on footage they won't use, or someone else has bought, stolen or made their own Daleks to produce this scene, none of which are plausible. The Cartesian philosopher in me forced me to bring up those possibilities :p Nonetheless, I suspect it may be wrong of Wikipedia to spoil the surprise by helping to advertise this Youtube bombshell. 90.211.130.229 (talk) 17:24, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
It's Nick Briggs. But the "wasting time on footage they won't use" can also be known as "filming a dud scene to hide both the ending and throw people off guard". It's a matter of elimination really: you're not going to recall Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, Rose, Martha, and keep the episode very secret (more secret than "Doomsday") on the Sontarans. It's either the Time Lords or the Daleks. Or a Time Lord/Dalek battle. Ah, but Wiki is not for speculation, so I'll stop. Sceptre (talk) 17:53, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
Its not really a bombshell, most people know who will feature in the finalie, but since the is nothing more then circumstantial evidence wikipedia can not feature it, if Russell T Davies, DWM or The BBC, mentioned Daleks then we could publish it.--Wiggs (talk) 17:34, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
Well, the new trailers from the BBC have already been acted on in the main article, the video cited being a youtube video officially from the BBC, which links to another that is identical but for higher quality (this one). A link to the Realmedia version on the BBC might be more useful because Wikipedia has at least one automated control to remove Youtube links, but as an unregistered user I'll leave such minor matters as that to you lot. The important thing is, the BBC's confession is now described in the Article. ;) 90.211.130.229 (talk) 13:30, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

The Daleks will surely be returning in the Series 4 Finale with Davros because if you look at the Newsround webasite it says that the villain was revealed in a shadow, and that it had the bottom half of a Dalek and the top half of a human - and as the first two-parter will feature the Sontarans and Steven Moffet's episodes will surely not feature the Daleks, when else can they appear except for the finale? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.25.50.12 (talk) 14:27, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

New trailer

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WP:FORUM - quite fun but not allowed! TreasuryTagtc 22:00, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Here 90.211.130.229 (talk) 21:49, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Well-spotted!! TreasuryTagtc 21:51, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
Little disappointed that it's just the trailer from the end of Voyage of the Damned... DonQuixote (talk) 21:56, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
You must be looking at a different one; go to the homepage and click on the huge graphic... TreasuryTagtc 22:00, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

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Okay, I meant this one, but as for my answer to the WP:FORUM declaration, my point was not to converse with fans but to suggest something else for the article to mention. Damn that BBC page linking to two with similar descriptions! Look, I only suggested it because trailers seem to get brought up a lot in the article, although admittedly this one doesn't really add anything new info-wise. I still think archiving was OTT. I'd rather you correct my own link or delete the section. Still though, perhaps I should have been slightly more explanatory when I originally posted. 90.211.130.229 (talk) 23:03, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

The new series should have started on 12 April, it's been brought forward, I assume because it won't be on Eurovision week - the blame lies with Andrew Lloyd Webber, as Any Dream Will Do took the 7pm slot that week last year, and presumably I'd Do Anything will do likewise this year. 212.50.191.46 (talk) 08:15, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Latest 40-second trailer

This trailer is the first official confirmation that season 4 will feature multiple Daleks. I had previously failed to notice the significance of this (see above). I'm bringing it up here in case people won't bother reading what they consider a closed discussion. 90.211.130.229 (talk) 13:14, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

I know its sounds stupid but the trailer isn't proof Daleks will even feature in the series, we know they will but it isn't a "fact", I'm sorry we're being so irritating but thats the rules wikipedia run by, if the BBC said "There will be multiple Daleks in this series" then we could add the fact with a reference.--Wiggs (talk) 16:52, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

The Sun printed an article on Monday claiming 4 Daleks would appear alongside Rose, Donna and Captain Jack in the finale. 212.50.191.46 (talk) 08:16, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Missing Episodes from the first few series

Should we mention that the missing episodes from the original series exist within the BitTorrent community? That link requires membership to work, but the episodes are there. Ferdia O'Brien (T)/(C) 21:33, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

These are, most likely, reconstructions, not the episodes themselves. Reconstructions of all the missing episodes exist, using the soundtracks and screen shots, and they're frequently available on various torrent sites. If you spot one that isn't a reconstruction, but is instead the actual episode, that's definitely major news! --Brian Olsen (talk) 22:14, 30 March 2008 (UTC)
Ah OK, when you say screen shots, you mean that there stills with the origional soundtrack playing through them? I'll post it if I ever come across a real version of the show... not that I download torrents or anything... Ferdia O'Brien (T)/(C) 22:50, 30 March 2008 (UTC)
Yup. A lot of the missing episodes have "telesnaps" surviving - photos taken of the original broadcast for archival purposes. If official telesnaps don't exist, then publicity photos are used. Soundtracks exist for all the missing episodes, many due to fans tape recording the episodes as they aired. --Brian Olsen (talk) 23:26, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

I'm wondering if The Invasion's animated reconstruction of episodes 1 & 4 (being a whole animated replacement matched to the soundtrack, instead of just the telesnaps) would be worth mentioning in a footnote here? --Umrguy42 (talk) 09:01, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Webcast running lengths wrong?

At least since January, the running lengths of Real Time, Shada and Scream of the Shalka have each been listed as "6 parts, 60 minutes in total".

According to the BBC site http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/webcasts/index.shtml which actually hosts the webcasts, the running lengths are 6x12mins, 6x25 mins and 6x15 mins respectively, making 72, 150 and 90 minutes in total. This also affects individual articles. Also Death Comes to Time is listed as 5 episodes on the article page, but 13 in the listing (harder to verify since this is no longer on the BBC website, presumably as it would conflict with new series continuity). Certainly the total running time is wrong in the case of Shada. --79.72.84.214 (talk) 15:31, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

This may count as original research, but the actual running time of Real Time webcast episodes including theme music are 17:43, 10:58, 15:06, 15:53, 15:35 and 14:23, making a total of 90 minutes. Still, 72 minutes is closer to reality than 60. Would someone please make the changes? --79.72.84.214 (talk) 20:02, 31 March 2008 (UTC)
Done the changes --OZOO 09:01, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Re: Death Comes To Time. It was removed because the BBCi Cult section closed down. 212.50.191.46 (talk) 08:18, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Protection 2/4/08

I've requested 24 hours' full protection given the amount of cr*p being put into articles at the moment. TreasuryTagtc 12:25, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

RTD quotation

RTD's comment in the Doctor Who Confidential episode accompanying The Sound of Drums only confirmed that classic villains will still be subject to revival in Series 4, so technically there is no source for its relevance post-2008. Hence, I think the second paragraph ofthe 2009 onwards section is inappropriate. It was appropriate when, not so long ago, material pertaining to series 4 was all on this article, but now it's in the wrong place. Whether it should be moved slightly higher in the article, moved to the series 4 article or deleted is a subject worthy of discussion in its own right, but I do think it is unencyclopaedic as it stands. 90.206.183.218 (talk) 17:22, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

That is a bit out of context now. I'll see if I can fit it in to Doctor Who (series 3) or Doctor Who (series 4). EdokterTalk 16:18, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
I've moved the statement to Doctor Who#Adversaries. EdokterTalk 16:40, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

DigitalSpy?

[1] Can we include any of this information, since it seems so universal? Is DS reliable? TreasuryTagtc 09:35, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

I've seen the Argus report. Highly speculative. Sceptre (talk) 10:57, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Trial of a Time Lord

I know it's been discussed before, but I'm very surprised that season 23 is listed as 4 seperate stories. The article currently reads as if "Mysterious Planet" etc were the titles shown on screen, but it was broadcast as "Trial..." episodes 1 to 14. The working titles were only used behind the scenes in production, and subsequently by fans to make references easier to understand. It's not just a story arc title as was the case with the Key To Time in season 16. Can we make this clearer to avoid confusing people who don't know that?

--PRL1973 (talk) 00:48, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Requested move

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was no consensus to support move. 23:57, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

  • Oppose I agree, we don't need a longer title--Lerdthenerd (talk) 20:42, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
You mean, let's just keep the innacurate title instead? TreasuryTagtc 21:04, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
I don't think its innacurate at all, only the classic 'serials' were devided into episodes, the new serials or stories are played as one episode, and the long title is off putting but let other users express their opinions first so we gain consensus on either out come.--Lerdthenerd (talk) 09:46, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
The title implies that it lists only serials. It doesn't. It seems inaccurate to me. And how is a long title off-putting (The Parting of the Ways, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Runaway Bride (Doctor Who)...)? TreasuryTagtc 09:49, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
Not all the episodes have names, they are referred to by their serial's umbrella title and in the shops you can only buy a DVD of the entire serial, you can't go up to the shopkeeper and ask for 'part 1 of Genesis of the daleks' or 'episode 2 of Robot'. That is all they are, parts of stories or chapters they are not notable. The new title may not be that long but what if users want to add notability to special serials, then we would have 'List of Doctor Who Serials and Episodes and specials'! That would be very long and unnecessary, most of the article titles here on wikipedia are only one word long!--Lerdthenerd (talk) 10:06, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
If push comes to shove, we can always split this into classic series and new series. It's getting long as it is... DonQuixote (talk) 22:32, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
Doctor who does have more episodes (or serials in this case) than most TV series but we don't put a synopsis of each serial under each serial title for this article, so its not as long as it would be if we had done so. For example Ben 10, dinosaur king and Codename Kids Next Door do have a synopsis for each episode or serial in the main table instead of a separate article, yeah i know there is not much to write for each episode of those series but we could have done and had loads of stubs.--Lerdthenerd (talk) 12:53, 16 April 2008 (UTC)
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The Oncoming Storm?

Hi, I'm a tardis wiki editor, and I was wondering if anyone here had heard of this title for episode 12? People keep adding it to that wiki. 86.131.241.72 (talk) 10:53, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

My guess is, some people have got their DWMs early, and it says it. Obviously, we can't say anything about it until it gets offically released. --OZOO 11:07, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
I've also seen the title 'The Time War' used as well, and 'The Return of Rose Tyler', both of which sound crap. My opinion is that people are thinking of what they want to happen, and randomly throwing titles around. And as far as I know, 'The Oncoming Storm' has only been added once, so it's very likely that there's just a collection of fangirls/boys who are desperately anticipating that episode and think that maybe by giving it a title, someone will write an article on it. Oh well. FusionMix 13:05, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Apparently RTD said somewhere - DWM, I assume - that Episode 12 had a three-word title, and none of those words began with "D" - so "The Return of Rose Tyler" is out. It's also meant to be a spoiler, which The Oncoming Storm wouldn't be; too vague. 86.136.156.205 (talk) 16:28, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
I dropped a hidden text note there, that might keep well-meaning editors from changing TBA to whatever. Though, given the success with the 'please don't add the date' notes...FusionMix 21:43, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Series list?

Would it be possible/beneficial to have some sort of contents list at the top of the page that would let one jump to a particular season/series? I know there's the Doctor links, but it might be useful to jump straight to, say Series 3 of the new series or Season 17 of the Classic...

I was thinking of something like this:

Jump to:
(Classic) Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
(New) Series 1 2 3 4

Only all prettily wikified and linked - or is this too complicated to do for little benefit?

Just a thought... (Etron81 (talk) 15:59, 30 April 2008 (UTC))

Good Idea... this idea rolled out a while ago with a different type of box replacing the TOC... it worked well in my opinion but it has disappeared... This was listed by doctor and then season in a similar way to how you have set it out. 84.13.0.236 (talk) 16:07, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Found It!!:

Doctor Season/Series
First Doctor (William Hartnell) 1, 2, 3, 4
Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) 4, 5, 6
Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) 19, 20, 21
Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) 21, 22, 23
Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) 24, 25, 26
Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) Television movie
Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) 1
Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) 2, 3, 4
Other stories

Andrew Marsden (talk) 16:13, 30 April 2008 (UTC) (the above user's account)

I think it was originally removed as it was redundant to the table of contents the article automatically generates. FusionMix 18:43, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

yh, but it's easy to remove a toc form an article... Andrew Marsden (talk) 19:05, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

I think it would be helpful - that was exactly what I was thinking! - But I can bow to consensus onthis... Etron81 (talk) 21:15, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

I've put this in my sandbox so people could see ow it would look in the article: User:Etron81/Sandbox Etron81 (talk) 21:22, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
I personally liked it when it was there, but apparently it didn't go over too well with other editors (I thought redundancy was why it was removed, but as I was not part of the debate on it I don't know the finer details). It would also have to be converted to a template before it could be used, as that mess of code really dominates the upper part of the article. Also, if there would be any way to make it smaller? It squashes the text quite a lot in the rest of the intro paragraph. FusionMix 22:17, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
I've removed it back then for the sole reason it isn't auto-updating like the TOC; ie, everytime a change was made to the table headers, the links would be broken. And it happened a lot back then, and still happens. Unless an editor remebers to updated the hand-made TOC accordingly, (s)he will keep breaking the links. Even now, in the sandbox, half the links don't work. That is my main opposition to this box. EdokterTalk 22:32, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
I realised this after I put itin my sandbox - I can totally understand this - Etron81 (talk) 19:19, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Series 4 air dates

The Press Office now has the date for The Unicorn and the Wasp and, further, the main article for the series contains a citation (reference 52 at the moment) for both episodes of the subsequent two-parter. (The citation is not web-based, but it is official material.) The summary is that there are no gaps yet, i.e. the episodes 6 - 9 are the next four Saturdays. The date for episode 6 has already been included in this article. As an unregistered user I cannot add the information for episodes 7 - 9 to this article. Could some else do it please? 90.206.183.232 (talk) 18:29, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

All done. EdokterTalk 19:58, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Steven Moffat

Shall we put about steven moffat taking over from RTD as exec-producer and head writer in the 2009 and beyond section, and shall we remove RTD's comments about him expecting the series to continue in the 'every other year' pattern, as he will not have any say any more? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.25.49.183 (talk) 16:46, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Yes to both. Done it. --OZOO (Whaddya think, sirs?) 16:53, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
A problem: The BBC's Doctor Who page says, in their Steven Moffat update, that there are going to be four specials in 2009, not three. (Right at the end.) [2] 86.136.156.205 (talk) 11:09, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
We have conflicting sources then. Oh well, I've taken the latest and updated the section. EdokterTalk 12:49, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

"David Tennant is confirmed to star through to 2010"

This sentence is ambiguous as it could mean "up to 2010", i.e. that he will be replaced for the 2010 series, or 'up to and including 2010'. Could someone who knows disambiguate (sorry) this please? DavidFarmbrough (talk) 20:19, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

"through to" usually means including a given frame. But I'll see if I can find better wording. EdokterTalk 20:55, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

semi-protection status

This log says Rudget (talk · contribs) semi-protected this article 3612 days ago, citing a need to "re-instat[e] undefined period of semi-protection, per the pre-full-protection discussion". If an undefined period of semi-protection is still appropriate, could someone add a link on this talk page to the place where that "pre-full-protection discussion" took place? Such transparency is needed so that it is easier to determine when its time to remove the semi-protection. Thanks. 72.244.201.35 (talk) 09:23, 27 May 2008 (UTC).

Basically, the page was being constantly vandalised by IPs, who kept adding WP:CITE violations. You can check this out in the history. Since hardly any registered users were, semi-p was justified IMO. ╟─TreasuryTag (talk contribs)─╢ 09:26, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

BBC Radio 2: Cybermen confirmed

A useful link: Interview with David Tennant, in which he mentions that the Cybermen will feature in the Christmas Special, for which filming has completed. I've updated the page once, but someone reverted apparently without checking the link I put in the citation. --Finbar McBride (talk) 15:07, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Note that the relevant info is towards the end of Tennant's appearance on the "Listen again", so people might want to skip the earlier part of the interview. --Finbar McBride (talk) 15:13, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I misread the reference. However, the Cybermen are hardly relevant to this page, plus you removed information regarding the 2009 specials in the process. EdokterTalk 16:37, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
While I am taking no side on whether or not the fact that there is nowhere else for the Cybermen information to go would justify its placement here, I do think that an update should be made acknowledging that the special is not still in production. As it stands, the article is inaccurate. 129.67.53.232 (talk) 17:31, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
Note that "production" means more then just filming; editing, mixing, special effects... all fall under production. EdokterTalk 17:47, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
Fair enough. 129.67.53.232 (talk) 21:22, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Possible Name for Episode 12 of Series 4 (10th Doctor)

A page foud here: Doctor Who Episode Guide, states that the 12th episode of series 4 (Tenth doctor) will be entitled "War on Skaro" Not sure if anyone can confirm this, I haven't heard any other discussion of this title. -68.83.82.123 • 21:18, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

No, no-one can confirm this. ╟─TreasuryTag (talk contribs)─╢ 06:31, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

It also says episode 11 is "River's Run" - which it is not. 86.154.185.86 (talk) 13:25, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

The Sylvester McCoy site presumably has nothing to do with the actor in question, as for every series it's made up the most ridiculously inaccurate rumours and posted them as fact, rewriting them after the relevant episodes to hide its frequent failures. I genuinely hope that Episode 12 is not "War on Skaro" simply as a slap in the face to such untrustworthy websites. 86.136.156.205 (talk) 14:04, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Title confirmed

It's The Stolen Earth - [3] 129.215.149.99 (talk) 12:15, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Proms cutaway

The latest DWM stated there would be a "proms cutaway" episode - should this be put in the article? 86.154.185.86 (talk) 13:23, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

If you can give us the page-number, author and article title, I'll be happy to do so. I can't afford DWM myself :-) ╟─TreasuryTag (talk contribs)─╢ 13:31, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

DWM 396 - page 10. Section "Proms Cutawy brings filming to a close for 2008". it states that it will be shown in July, and is directed by Euros Lyn. It states that there is no official title other than "the proms scene" or "Proms Cutaway". 86.154.185.86 (talk) 15:02, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Midnight was the 196th story, not 200th

I suppose it would involve a lot of recoding, but somewhere along the way the number of stories is off. It appears that "Trial of a Time Lord" is being counted as four seperate stories, rather than the one story it was publicized as and designed to be at the time. Also, I find the inclusion of "Shada" a bit suspect, seeing how it was never completed and broadcast. It isn't included in the official episode count after all, so including it in the official story count seems odd, and would open the floodgates for every story that was in various states of development to be included.

I'm guessing that should the BBC and current production team make a big deal over the first or second 2009 special being the 200th story, we might revisit our numbering system to be more in line? (The 200th story would be the 1st 2009 special if "Turn Left" is considered a seperate story from "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End", and would be the 2nd 2009 special if the last three episodes are considered one story.

I know there are sources with the inaccurate numbering of including "Shada" and "Trial" as four stories, but I don't know why we should be married to an inaccurate source. Many of these same sources seem to also include "Dimensions in Time" as the 160th story, so there is precedent for using logic, rather than blindly following an outdated and inaccurate source. Just my two cents. Don't you find it odd that nothing was made of "Midnight" being the 200th story, if that were the case, yet there has been word from the producer about one of the specials next year being the 200th, or am I mistaken in that? Adamsappleturnover (talk) 20:55, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Trail of a Time Lord was the umbrella name for the entire season which does include four stories. I don't believe the BBC is going to make a big fuss over the 200th story. If they do, then we may look at our numbering again. EdokterTalk 22:19, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
Didn't the BBC advertise Dragonfire as the 150th story? That only works if Trial is counted as 4. 86.154.185.86 (talk) 12:02, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
As noted at the start of the article, this follows the numbering of the BBC Region 1 DVD releases of the classic series (which state story numbers on the back). That numbering indicates that Trial is indeed counted as 4 stories, and Shada is in the count as well. --khaosworks (talkcontribs) 17:57, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Qua?

" (qua Head of Drama at BBC Wales) " What does this mean? for those non-Latin speakers among us! DavidFarmbrough (talk) 23:25, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Usaully it means "per", but the context here got lost on me as well. I've changed it to better understandable English (I hope). EdokterTalk 23:37, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

two hour finale on same night?

The current table seems to show the final two episodes of series four are showing on the same night. Really..? Tphi (talk) 14:24, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

We simply don't know yet, that's why we leave it like this for the time being. EdokterTalk 14:28, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

acording to Radio Times next episode is 50 mins, also, it states that JE is not shown until the following saturday and is 1 hour long [4] Andrew Marsden (talk) 11:05, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Yet another air date

This page gives the air date of Journey's End as July 5. 90.210.193.126 (talk) 13:03, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

All done. EdokterTalk 13:16, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Air date for The Stolen Earth is wrong

It's somehow transmuted in the article to Friday 27, which is wrong. Could someone registered please fix it? 90.210.193.126 (talk) 14:25, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Ghosts In The Machines - really?

If this is true, it's the first time the xmas special name has been revealed before the end of episode 13, but I have no trouble believing that ... once we have a source. The reference to the 08/09 specials as series 5 and the 2010 episodes as series 6 is not only equally unsourced, but is also contrary to various sources' description of Moffat's 2010 takeover as series 5. It is no surprise that Ghosts In The Machines has been tagged for speedy deletion, although actually that appears to be because of copyright infringement instead of a lack of sourcing. Can anyone source it? There are issues with that article, such as it not mentioning the confirmed Cybermen, or it making an unsourced claim about Mickey, but for this talk page the issue is the following: it should not be listed in this article without some source. (Wow, for once the policy is actually on my side, utterly unambiguously!) 90.210.193.126 (talk) 18:40, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Good catch. No sources, so as far as we're concerned it doesn't exist. A quick search on Google for "Doctor Who" and "Ghosts in the Machines" returns only a few hundred results, with this article being top. I've nominated it for deletion, as there isn't really a CSD criteria that it fails, but it should be an easy-delete. Have also removed it from this list, and Ckatz has deleted the speculative series five article (per CSD G4). TalkIslander 19:19, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
Even if it does turn out to be true, given what we know about the episode, it could just have been a good guess. It's not like any of the Christmas special titles have been subtle - they've just had the advantage of being filmed later. 86.136.156.205 (talk) 11:42, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Hello, Wikipedia, this is Chris Hannah, a huge Doctor Who fan. I don't think it will be confirmed as "Ghosts In The Machines" because of ripping off the title episode of Torchwood episode, "Ghost Machine". I think Russell T Davies will confirm which I think it will be called "March Of The Cybermen" or as the coming soon trailer after "Journey's End" will be called "The Return Of The Cybermen". Thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.42.184.147 (talk) 21:33, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Until 2010?

"David Tennant is confirmed to star until 2010"? Most people would read that as "up to and including 2010", but AIUI he's not confirmed beyond the 2009 specials. So shouldn't it be "until the end of 2009" or something? 86.132.139.228 (talk) 19:02, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Actually, he is confirmed to star in Series 5, which is due to air in 2010. EdokterTalk 19:15, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
Is he? If so, the Andrew Marr show citation in the article needs to be updated. However, I'm not so sure such confirmation has been given. While the article Tenth Doctor does say he "has been confirmed" for series 5, there is no source given. Instead, a {{fact}} tag has been added. Do you have a source? If so, thanks for the news! 90.210.193.126 (talk) 09:07, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Tennant is confirmed for the 2009 specials [5], so that's what we should run with. It would be misleading to state that he's confirmed "until 2010" or "for season 5 in 2010" unless we have an official announcement. Which we apparently don't. We're not some fan site for wet-knickered teens so we should avoid making statements we don't know to be verifiable. --Jenny 23:47, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

My sentiments exactly. I thought Edokter was mistaken (which is quite rare).

Let's take a look at the post-series 4 section (just the beginning/end):

David Tennant is confirmed to star until 2010[citation needed]. ... Tennant, who has played the main character of the show for the past three seasons, stated on The Andrew Marr Show in June 2008 that he hasn't yet been asked to reprise the role for the fifth series, but he will consider it if asked.[1]

Now that needs some clean-up. The 2010 bit either means until just before series 5, in which case it's repeating the rest, or series 5 too, in which case it is unsourced (as the tag says) and contradicts the last bit to boot.

I don't think that it had this glaringly self-undermining character when I last commented on the talk page, although it may have had. All I can say is that this "he's confirmed for series 5 but we can't prove it" meme is spreading across Wikipedia, being not only here but on the Tenth Doctor article also. 90.206.183.225 (talk) 13:08, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

I didn't see the Andrew Marr interview, but if Tennant himself says he hasn't been asked to continue in 2010 that's pretty definitive: he is not (yet) confirmed for 2010. Nor does the source currently cited in the article for the claim that he is support that claim. --Jenny 14:52, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Now that the Guardian interview with RTD has been added, the section seems contradictory — Tennant hasn't been asked but will consider it.... and has also made his decision and the BBC know what it is! Pawnkingthree (talk) 16:48, 7 July 2008 (UTC) I guess Tennant was just batting away the question on Andrew Marr. Anyway, I've reworded it a bit.Pawnkingthree (talk) 17:19, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Three-parter?

So, is TL/TSE/JE (Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey's End) a three-parter? There was no "To Be Continued", and there probably will be no "Previously" cut in the next epiosde. Yet an editor caught Greame Harper saying he considered it a three-parter. I tend to regard that as an opinion though. EdokterTalk 12:46, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

I don't know for sure what you mean by the alphabet soup, "TL/TSE/JE", but presumably this is a cryptic reference to the last three episodes of the fourth series. Yes, obviously they are closely linked, in the sense that the dramatic tension raised in the eleventh episode will not be resolved until the thirteenth (much as the third series close). An alternative way of looking at it is with Episode 11, Turn Left, foreshadowing the events of episodes twelve and thirteen, but with the cloister bell ringing in the ending of Turn Left I consider the episode to have ended on a cliffhanger and thus not self-contained. --Anticipation of a New Lover's Arrival, The 12:54, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
"I don't know for sure what you mean by the alphabet soup, "TL/TSE/JE", but presumably this is a cryptic reference to the last three episodes of the fourth series" - no need for that tone - it's quite clear what he meant. TalkIslander 13:20, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
So my guess was right? --Anticipation of a New Lover's Arrival, The 14:36, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Guess? The original poster explained his use of the initials *immediately*! -- 121.219.56.17 (talk) 14:56, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
OK, let's just see how The Stolen Earth begins next week. Our interpretation on how the stories tie together isn't useful anyway (original research). EdokterTalk 13:46, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

If the series 3 finale is considered a three-parter then I think this probably should be aswell. In fact, 'Turn Left' seems to be more closely linked to the final two episodes of this series than 'Utopia' was to the final two episodes of the last series. Catalina 123 (talk) 13:05, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

I think Graeme would be on the same tier as Gardner, Davies, and Collinson when it comes to these episodes, given he's directed the episode. He also confirms that Turn Left is structurally like Utopia. Sceptre (talk) 18:57, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, but the producers left it entirely open. And since the events experienced by Donna in "Turn Left" have not been established to be part of the last two episodes, it should not be considered a trhee-parter yet. Like I said above; let's wait until it airs. Until then, "Turn Left" should be considered a stand-alone episode. EdokterTalk 11:14, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

I completely agree. It may be a three-parter in Graeme Harper's eyes, but he's not running the show. Russell T. Davies has said it's up to the viewer. I just think there's a huge inconsistency to list Trial of a Time Lord as four separate stories, when only one title was shown on screen, but to list the last three episodes of this season (and Series 3) as one story, when it's ultimately just a matter of opinionn.Pawnkingthree (talk) 12:01, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
Edokter has changed it so that turn left is in the same slot has the last two serials, according to the source he used DWM issue 397, its going to be a 3 parter.--Lerdthenerd (talk) 12:15, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
I didn't change anything, just some formatting. EdokterTalk 12:16, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

All the other articles take the 3-parter position, citing the director's opinion. I'm not here to argue that that's right, or that we should follow it. This post is just to talk about something that utterly confuses me. The series 4 table in this article cites the alternative by using the very quotation that is supposed to justify it being a 3-parter! Also, the broadcast date box for "202" features dates for all 3 of episodes 11 - 13. In summary, the date bit counts Turn Left twice, while the rest of the table splits the stories (in a way that goes against consensus, but my point here is not that), thus not looking right for the dates, then cites the 3-part director argument to justify the 2-episode position! I have never seen anything that weird in a Wikipedia table. It's almost as if it's trying to compromise between the two positions while citing one over the other, with strange results. Could a registered user make sure that, whichever approach is taken, the table at least doesn't look so muddled? 90.210.193.126 (talk) 20:54, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Edokter has sorted it. Thank you. 90.210.193.126 (talk) 07:25, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Revisited

After watching The Stolen Earth, I am more inclined not to regard the last three episodes as a three-parter. This fact is not claimed by third party sources. What some of the production team might think is not relevant either; executive producer Russell T Davies explicitely left it open to the viewer. Add to that the really big, fat "TO... BE... CONTINUED" being splashed on the screen at the end, which was not the case after "Turn Left". Therefor, we should regard "Turn left" as a standalone episode. EdokterTalk 12:31, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

I also have doubts about the validity of the reference given:

^ Arnopp, Jason; Harper, Graeme (2008-06-26). "Decisions, Decisions". Doctor Who Magazine (397). Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics. Retrieved on 25 June 2008. “Yes, Turn Left is the first of a three-parter, like Utopia, it leads you into the finale.”

Can someone confirmt this? EdokterTalk 14:12, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

It's on page 50 of the current DWM. The writer asks Harper if "he thinks of Turn Left as the first of a three parter." "Yes", he says. "Like Utopia, it leads you into the finale. Except this time I get to finish the job off! I said to Russell that it might have been more interesting if either I or Colin (Teague) had directed Utopia, The Sound of Drums and The Last of the Time Lords! I love the episode I made, obviously, but I really missed not seeing it through... even if Derek Jacobi didn;t't make it into the next episode!"
To me it seems the writer just asking Harper what his personal view is: whether he "thinks of it" as a three parter. I don't think we can definitively take from that, "Turn Left is the first episode of a three part finale."Pawnkingthree (talk) 14:37, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Thank you. It seems the reference is taken out of context; the literal text "Turn Left is the first of a three-parter" isn't even there. Story- and productionwise, it doesn't feel like a three parter at all, Harper's opinion non-withstanding. No other source considers it a three-parter, and neither did Davies. I'm going to change it back to a double episode on the premise that regarding "Turn Left" as a one-of-three episode is entirely based on personal opinion, and thus not neutral. Unless third party sources support the idea that this is indeed a three-parter, we should remain neutral and thus consider "Turn Left" a stand-alone episode. EdokterTalk 19:57, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
I agree with you that it's out of context, but that quote seems to being used not only on this article but also on the three episode articles, which I'm not happy about. I really think we should wait for another source before deciding. Pawnkingthree (talk) 08:26, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
The italic phrase was added to give the quote context. Sceptre (talk) 09:19, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, but inaccurately:) The question was, "whether he thinks of it as a three-parter", not "whether it is a three-parter". Pawnkingthree (talk) 09:39, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
The quote is indeed out of context, and I still have great trouble using it as a source. Harper thinks' it is a three-parter, but the way the episodes connect contradics that... especially the absense of a "To be continued" at the end of Turn Left. This is one of the reasons that third-party sources are preferred over primary sources; we only have one opinion of the director; he didn't state it as fact. Nor has RTD done so. We need additional sources calling it as a three-parter, otherwise, our interpretation is purely cruft I'm sorry to say. EdokterTalk 12:16, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

(←) I was reverted again. Let me list my reasons as to why this is not a three parter:

  1. "Turn Left" was produced in a different production block.
  2. Russell T Davies has not stated it is a three-parter, leaving it "open to the viewer".
  3. Greame Harper "thinks" of "Turn Left" as a three-parter, not that it is one.
  4. The major part of "Turn Left" is a stand-alone story; it even takes place in an alternate universe.
  5. The only connection between the episodes is the presence of Rose.
  6. Only the very end leads into the next episode.
  7. There is no "To be continued" in "Turn Left".

Basing the three-parter on a single quote, even if it is the director (who doesn't state it as fact, but opinion) is still very thin, and not backed by third sources. I am going to change it again; We need more compelling reasons (and sources) to regard this as a three-parter; citing only Harper as primary source is the reason we require secondary sources. EdokterTalk 06:48, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

We don't require secondary sources for this - using secondary sources to define a production designation is silly. Harper is a more reliable source than how the credits were organised, and his opinion would hold a lot of weight as he directed all three episodes. The writer, RTD, is keeping quiet on this, so we go to the next reliable sources: the producers and director. (By the way, half of those points also apply to Utopia: 1, 4, 5, and 6, with substituting alt-universe for end of the universe and Rose for Master) Sceptre (talk) 12:21, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Never the less, it is still an opinion which is used to synthesize it into a three-parter. And the fact that it is contested demonstrates we need a secondary source. The way it is actually produced does not indicate it being a three-parter in any way. Donna's alternate universe also had no continuity with the events in Stolen Earth, as opposed to the one in TSoD/LotTL. We need a source explicetly stating that it is a three-parter... "I think so" won't do, even if it is the director. Also, consensus is against you, which is a rarity, but reality in this instance. We should at least wait until Harper's thoughts are backed by others, or await the 'official' numbering form DWM (if there is such a thing). EdokterTalk 12:34, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Harper didn't say he thought it was a three-parter, he was asked whether he thought it was a three-parter, and he answered "Yes" - though I thought his tone was definitive, not speculative. Actually, there is continuity between TL and TSE. Donna's Earth was under the same threat of Davros as Earth-Prime. Hopefully it will be clarified tonight, by either episode or commentary, but I'm not going to contest it until then. Sceptre (talk) 12:42, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
DWM and the BBC are considering it a two parter, according to Tom Spilsbury: "Incidentally, DWM (and the BBC) are treating Turn Left as a separate story from The Stolen Earth and Journey's End. Graeme Harper may disagree, but it doesn't really work in the same way as Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords." Admittedly that's taken from his user talk page here at Wikipedia but that at least indicates we should wait and see. Pawnkingthree (talk) 12:47, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Okay. If it is Spilsbury, I have absolutely no problem with it being designated a two-parter. Sceptre (talk) 12:50, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Feels right when declared as a two-parter. You can also see paralels to Series 2 finale: 'Fear Her' is an episode with a storyline of its own (much like 'Turn Left') and the final seconds glue the episode together with the series' two-part finale. Stupiddog (talk) 17:27, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

It's not clear to me why Utopia isn't counted separately then, as the same arguments apply. For point 4 above, the idea of alternative Universes is an inherent part of the story and not merely a hypothetical alternate timeline, as the reality bomb was spreading into all Universes (causing the stars to go out) (this also means that point 5 is false - it's not just the presence of Rose). We might as well say the major part of Utopia was a stand-alone story that even takes place 100 trillion years in the future. Point 6 is definitely true for Utopia. And 7 doesn't apply - there wasn't a "To Be Continued" at the end of either of the earlier Season 4 two-parters, either.

I don't mind which it is, but there needs to be some consistency. Mdwh (talk) 01:55, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

  • In the commentary for (I think it was Turn Left) Graeme Harper said that the production team considered this to be the first of a 3-parter. --Deadly∀ssassin 02:34, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
    • No, only Greame Harper thought so. As for Utopia, that story defenitely had continuity into The Sound of Drums... and was showing "To be continued". EdokterTalk 12:20, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
In both cases there was continuity (trying to claim that one had more than a significant threshold of continuity whilst the other doesn't would be original research). And the "To Be Continued" was a style difference between seasons 3 and 4 - it was displayed in the season 3 multiparters, but as I say, not in any of the season 4 ones, with the single exception of the penultimate episode where instead they had an OTT rendered graphic of it.
Do we have a reliable source for including Utopia with the other two episodes? Mdwh (talk) 21:47, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, the episode (Utopia) itself displaying "To be continued", which as you said it yourself, was the rule with Series 3 multipart stories. EdokterTalk 14:28, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
On the subject of continuity, Donna's story runs right through the last three episodes; Rose's story continues directly from the end of "Turn Left" into "The Stolen Earth" (indeed, from her perspective the entirety of "Turn Left" was an attempt to set events into the correct order for "The Stolen Earth" to occur); the plot point about the disappearing stars continues into the next few episodes.
Indeed, almost all of the characters who show up in the next two episodes, and most of the plot points, are set up in "Turn Left", and the major plot points in "Turn Left" are followed up in the next two episodes. Sarah Jane, Luke, Jack, Gwen, Ianto, Martha. Something on Donna's back. Alternate world. The Darkness. The business about Donna "dying".
Thematically, a major element of "Turn Left" is what would happen if the Doctor were not available to protect the Earth -- which is precisely the dilemma faced for most of the following episode. Most of those two episodes consist of elaborate efforts to get in touch with the Doctor, one way or another, in order to solve the problem revealed in "Journey's End".
Even the pacing and narrative structure of the final three episodes makes more sense if the three are considered a single story. If you do, it's a slow and steady ramp-up over about three hours. Otherwise, you're clearly jumping into the middle of an insane situation with next to no setup, and the tension never lets up enough to establish what's happening. Simply in terms of surface-level plot, the final two episodes don't really make a lot of sense without "Turn Left".
The Donna business is the important thing, though. The entirety of "Turn Left" is about how Donna might have turned out without the Doctor in her life, and about how all she really needed to be great was for someone to believe in her -- a story which comes full circle in "Journey's End". Even the titles of the two episodes reflect each other.
Given all of the above, and the fact that the director -- the only person with a claim to authorship who has ventured an opinion -- has publicly stated in two separate places that he considers it all one story, it seems a bit daft to split it into two. --Aderack (talk) 09:29, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
We're not going to change it again unless a third party confirms it. Until then, we have to regard "Turn Left" seperately; how the stories tie together is a matter of interpretation, and thus original research. But there are more elements going against it being a three-parter then there are elements for being a two-parter. EdokterTalk 14:25, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

5.X code for 2008 Christmas Special

Is there a source for this? It seems odd that it would be 5.X as Series 5 is a ways off yet, and it's not being produced in the Series 5 production blocks... Etron81 (talk) 16:39, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Fair point... I just followed last year's production codes. Those were filmed just before the following series. The 2008 xmas special was filmed right after series 4. EdokterTalk 18:02, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

I'd suggest calling the specials: Sp.X, Sp.01, Sp.02, Sp.03 and then 5.X (the 2009 Xmas special, which then segways into 5.01) - how's that sound? ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 18:13, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Or just S.X and S.01 etc., but that's a bit similar to 5.X visually. ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 18:14, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
All OR... suggest we leave it blank for now until DWM provides some data. EdokterTalk 18:38, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Sounds good to me - I'm not sure what woudl make sense anyway! Etron81 (talk) 21:58, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
On the RT forum, Gary Russell said its code was 4.14 -- the logistics being that it was the final episode shot in the series four production cycle. --Aderack (talk) 09:14, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Eleventh Doctor

In Journey's End, the Doctor regenerated. At the first time, he didn't change his physical shape. But we have seen him shot dead, the regneration process similar to that of the Ninth to Tenth Doctor and of the Master and the regeration energy output leaving him (and affecting his tank hand etc.) Therefore the Doctor has used up another of his regenerations: he now has only two more lives left! It is incorrect data, if the further movies Tennant is going to do are listed under the title Tenth Doctor, as he isn't the Tenth Doctor anymore, but now the Eleventh Doctor! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.196.69.48 (talk) 12:21, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

As Tennant himself said in that episode's Confidential, it is up to future writers to decide if the Doctor used up one of this regenerations in that scheme. Any supposition on our part would be OR, unless we can find a source in which RTD, Moffatt, or someone else like that explicitly states that Tennant is the 11th Doctor. Etron81 (talk) 14:01, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
Also, it could be argued that he's not really the Eleventh Doctor because he hasn't changed his form or personality. If the producers go that route and decide that he's used up one of his regenerations in Journey's End, then he's just the Tenth Doctor with one less regeneration left. DonQuixote (talk) 16:49, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
In my opinion, he's not the 11th doctor, just because Russell wanted to tease us all with a regeneration cliffhanger in his grand finale - and it would be very confusing to have this site say so like it was a fact. PaulHammond (talk) 14:11, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Number of specials in 2009

It appears there will be only three specials in 2009, not four as we had previously. Julie Gardner, in this Daily Telegraph interview, is counting the 2008 Xmas episode as one of the "four specials." Pawnkingthree (talk) 17:58, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

On the other hand, the guardian recently reported that there'd be five. I think it's best just to leave it as it is, since anything we say contradicts at least six other sources :P ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 17:59, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Too late, I've already leapt in and changed the article. Feel free to revert me; it does seem to contradict the Guardian and DWM which said there'd be four in 2009. Pawnkingthree (talk) 18:07, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

I've tried to clear it a little; hwo's it looking? ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 18:31, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

That looks fine to me. I guess all we can do at the moment is just mention the different reports; we can't come to a firm conclusion yet. Pawnkingthree (talk) 18:34, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

The Daily Telegraph agrees with the BBC [6], Christmas 2008, ""Three"" specials in 2009, and fifth series in 2010. I've added weight to three specials in 2009 after the christmas one. Edgepedia (talk) 05:00, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

I've reverted. We can only report what was reported - which was a mish-mash. So we comment on the mish-mash. Trying to value different reliable sources differently is original rsearch. ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 10:50, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

According to Julie Gardner (executive producer) there will be 3 specials in 2009 quote She said: "We are making four one-hour specials. The first, which we’ve already filmed, will go out this Christmas. The next will go out the following Easter. The other specials have yet to be scheduled, although one will definitely be on at Christmas 2009."[2] Bencey (talk) 10:54, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes, and according to The Guardian and its interview with Russel T. Davies (showrunner) there will be five specials. And neither Gardner nor Davies was clear about whether this Xmas counted. As the article stands, explaining the confusion, we know it is 100% accurate because it simply says "X said this. Y said this." As soon as you start implying that X has more value than Y as a source, we're getting into the territory of original research. ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 11:00, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
A bit late to weigh in, but you're all assuming that "the first" refers to the first of the one-hour specials. This is not necessarily the case (unless she speaks in prose). I think she simply missed a "but". As it stands, I agree with the above poster, there are very few definitive sources, and this latest quote isn't one of them. DWM tomorrow may be clearer! Stephenb (Talk) 19:18, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Production code for Christmas special

DWM states the new Christmas special is part of series 4, would it be OR to assume its production code is 4.14?--Wiggs (talk) 16:49, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Hmm - somone else mentioned above that Gary Russel stated the same thing on the RT forum - I couldn't find that post though... Etron81 (talk) 17:39, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

We should make a season code for the specials in 09.. then decide whether Xmas counts as S4 or Sp, i'd lean to sp given that the end of S4 tied everything up, and so any plot lines in Xmas and 09 by ext. would be seperate completely (that's just an opinion, btw) ATMarsden Whadda ya want? 14:15, 25 July 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by ATMarsden (talkcontribs)

I say give it code 4.X2. It is stated to be part of Series 4 because it is made during Series 4 production. EdokterTalk 12:38, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

For the 2009 specials... (planning ahead, i no)... how about S.1, S.2, S.3 and S.4. If you cont Ch08 as part of it, then the Ch09 would be S.5. ATMarsden Whadda ya want? 14:11, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

reference error

There is an error with the reference "<ref name="specials1" />" in the Specials (2009) section. The reference section states "Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named specials1" 86.154.185.86 (talk) 10:59, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks fixed it. Also rewrote (again) the Specials (2009) section... Edgepedia (talk) 11:48, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Torchwood seeding

Not sure why this article is locked... but it should be pointed out in the 2005 season that some of the characters from Torchwood show up, especially since the 2006 season claims to be laying the groundwork for Torchwood. Gwen's ancestor and Tosh, as well as Capitan Jack all show up -- I am still re-watching so I might come up with some additional sightings. 12.219.28.217 (talk) 21:10, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

These are in the articles of the episodes to which they relate already. ATMarsden Whadda ya want? 13:20, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

New Who S4 - production "codes"

there seems to be a bit of a revert-fest going on with the production "codes" for the latest season of Who.

It seems that 4.2 and 4.3 keep getting flipped because one was filmed before the other.

I think we can't treat these particular codes as official production codes - they are miles different to the codes used for classic Who (4A, ZZZ etc). 4.2 should signify the story that screened second, not the one that was made second. It makes no sense to have 4.3 listed before 4.2 Mmm commentaries (talk) 00:49, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Doctor Who Magazine's Series 4 Companion says 4.3 (Fires of Pompeii) and 4.2 (Planet of the Ood) are the "original codes used during production." I don't see how that makes them "miles different" from the classic series. Pawnkingthree (talk) 01:01, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
As far as I can tell, the codes used during production are indeed "official production codes", in the same sense that the classic series' letter-based codes were. And if the DWM Special says that "Fires of Pompeii" and "Planet of the Ood" are 4.3 and 4.2 respectively, we have to go with that. The list also contains broadcast dates and the story numbers, both of which reflect the broadcast order. I don't see how having 4.3 before 4.2 is any different from having the serials in Season 26 be listed as 7N, 7Q, 7M, 7P instead of 7M, 7N, 7P, 7Q. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 01:20, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Well, the old letter-format codes didn't say anything about order, whereas the current 4.2 system says "the second episode of the fourth series". Can't you see that's a problem? DBD 01:31, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
That's what the production team intended, until the last second, when it was decided the narrative would fit together better in that respect. In fact, Steven Moffat had to rename "Forest of the Dead" because its original title, "Forest of the Night", could be confused with "Midnight". Episodes get switched around all the time; cf "The Glass Ballerina" and "Further Instructions". Sceptre (talk) 01:38, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
(ec) In season 2, Army of Ghosts was the seventh episode produced, IIRC. We've got multiple occasions in the other sections where episodes aired out of production order - most notably, seasons 12, 17, 19, 25, and 26. I have the companion too; Pawnthreeking is correct. Sceptre (talk) 01:23, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

There are at least three different concepts here which are getting confused: the order in which episodes are filmed, the order in which they're planned to air and the final airing order. The programme is made in "blocks" which have more to do with common filming elements than planned airing order — the first episode of the 2005 series to be shot was Aliens of London, but it was always planned that it would air fourth. The production codes are based on the plans at the time of filming, but sometimes plans change later on in the process and the code remains the same. I suppose the best thing to do is to add a citation next to the production codes for the episodes which were switched, on the model of Lost_(season_3)#cite_note-swap-56. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 03:59, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

I've added a note, which I hope will clarify the matter. It's somewhat confusing that we use both the old {{ref}} system and cite.php, but I suppose I see the distinction between explanatory notes and references. If anyone wants to polish my wording, please feel free. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 04:28, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
Though the first scenes shot were for "Rose". Sceptre (talk) 04:37, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
Were they? Perhaps I'm thinking of the first scenes shot with Christopher Eccleston (which I think were the bits with the space pig). My copy of the Series One Companion isn't accessible at the moment to check. But the point stands. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 04:59, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

2009 specials - again

Sorry, on Friday I edited the article to point out that there were reliable sources for three, four and five specials, and some saying this Xmas counted and some saying they didn't.

Where is this material? Who removed it? Why? Thanks. ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 14:42, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

To clarify, we do not know how many specials. The Telegraph says 3, the Guardian says 5, the Andrew Marr Show says 4 - Julie Gardner's interview also says 4 but includes the 2008 Xmas special as one of the four, which is written by RTD... it's a mish-mash and the only reliable way of commenting on it is to point out that it's a mish-mash. ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 14:47, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

So, we have different reliable sources (all with lead persons involved giving information to them!!) giving wildly differing stories on:

  • The number of specials.
  • Whether this Xmas counts.

Attempting to value the sources, and thus establish which one is right (if any) is original research. The "latest one" or the one "with the most reliable interviewee" just doesn't cut it IMO. At least commenting on the different reports is known to be 100% accurate - they did say that. Commenting on just one report is not known to be 100% accurate - what if the other two were right instead? ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 14:50, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

The latest interview in the Telegraph with Julie Gardner is quite definitive; the other articles are just hearsay. We have one 2008 X-mas special plus three specials in 2009, including the 2009 X-mas special. EdokterTalk 14:52, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Assuming I can trust you not to revert-war while we're discussing... :-) In what way are the others hearsay? They are each an interview with the lead actor or a member of hte production team. ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 14:53, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
That is, the Guardian explicitly said "five" in RTD's presence, so to speak. David Tennant confirmed four in 2009 in Andrew Marr, and I am told (though can't check myself) that DWM also confirmed four in 2009. Given the confusion, would it not be more prudent to stick to what we know is accurate, rather than valuing the Telegraph over Andrew Marr, David Tennant, Russel T Davies, the Guardian and Doctor Who Magazine? ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 14:56, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Tennant didn't really sound sure about himself, saying "three or four". Only Gardner knew what she spoke of. EdokterTalk 15:00, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps, but aside from the fact that guessing about who knew what and who "sounded sure" - a very subjective judgement to be making - is original research, and that they are all considered reliable sources, and that DWM also throws its weight behind Tennant's announcement..... Is there any practical reason not to stick to what we KNOW to be accurate, and report on the mixed messages? While it would be nice to definitively say something, at the moment we can't, because we have reliable sources seriously conflicting.
We'll probably find out when they make the summer press-release anyway, usually in August I believe? ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 15:04, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Apparently it will all be cleared up in the next issue of DWM. Which is a couple of weeks away I think.Pawnkingthree (talk) 15:12, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

If I had to summarise the matter for a third opinion (someone unclear about the program and the issue) - an option I'm always open to, but I won't do right now - I'd say this...

There is a large-scale conflict of reliable sources, which I propose is resolved by simply documenting the wildy varying views. Others think we should attempt to value the sources and choose one to follow. My proposal is based on the fact that the article will then only be documenting material of which WE ARE SURE; following only one source means we are NOT SURE as any or none of the remaining four or five sources may be correct.
The dispute is how many 1-hour specials there will be screened in 2009, for Doctor Who. The official BBC news-page (a very long time ago) announced that there would be three. An interview with one of the producers, in The Telegraph, confirmed that there would be four specials (but one was to be screened in 2008 so doesn't count for this purpose). The lead actor confirmed in a broadcast interview that there would be four screened in 2009, and the official Doctor Who Magazine backed this up. Whereas, an interview with the executive producer in The Guardian announced five specials. Not only is this mish-mash confusing about how many will be filmed, it is also unclear about whether the 2008 Christmas special of Telegraph fame is part of either the four or five specials reported elsewhere.
This leads onto a further problem: it is confirmed that two of "the specials" will be written by Russell T Davies and the rest will be co-written by him - but we know that this Xmas' will be written by him. So that determines how many of the 2009 episodes will be penned by him solo......... etc. It's a horrible mish-mash and sifting it in a discerning way is just not on IMO.

Just to try and keep it clear :-O ╟─Treasury§Tagcontribs─╢ 15:15, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Well, RTD has finally answered this himself in the latest DWM (out tomorrow, officially, but some have it today) - FOUR 2009 specials, five if you include the 2008 Christmas special. No word on scheduling or titles as yet. 32.97.110.142 (talk) 18:01, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

But the writers are confirmed: two by RTD alone, one by RTD and Gareth Roberts, and one by RTD and Phil Ford. Pawnkingthree (talk) 18:06, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
DWM and RTD confirmed four specials next year and has given us the writers, an easter special was confirmed by Julie Gardener as well as a Christmas 2009 special.--Wiggs (talk) 16:45, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Just a note about this in the article. it currently states:"The number has been variously reported as three[12][13], four[13][15] and five.[16]". The source for number 16 actually states "5 specials over the next two years". One of these is (presumably) the christmas special, leaving 4 others for 2009. 86.154.185.86 (talk) 20:27, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

This is what the sources say, including the DWM out today:


"Time for Change". BBC Doctor Who News page (11 December 2007). Retrieved on 24 May 2008.

"Series Five", Doctor Who: News, BBC (3 September 2007). Retrieved on 3 September 2007. Three

Series Four, which went into production in July 2007, will hit UK screens in Spring 2008, followed by a special episode for Christmas 2008. In 2009 Doctor Who will return with three specials starring David Tennant, with Head Writer, Russell T Davies. The full-length fifth series will transmit in 2010.

"The Doctor's plans to travel forward in time". Daily Telegraph (11 July 2008). Retrieved on 11 July 2008. Three

Aside from Series Five, which will have a full 13 episodes and transmit in 2010, we are making four one-hour specials. The first, which we’ve already filmed, will go out this Christmas. The next will go out the following Easter. The other specials have yet to be scheduled, although one will definitely be on at Christmas 2009.

"Steven Moffat Takes Charge". BBC Doctor Who News page (20 May 2008). Retrieved on 22 May 2008.

Dead Link

"The Andrew Marr Show". Retrieved on 11 July 2008.

'I think, what four now, four one hour specials...'

"'Amy Winehouse would be a great Doctor'". The Guardian. Retrieved on 11 July 2008. four

As we saw on Saturday, David Tennant lives to fight on in another Christmas special, which will be set in Victorian England and feature the Cybermen, as well as four other specials which begin filming in 2009.

Doctor Who Magazine (398): 6. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Panini Comics. Retrieved on 24 July 2008

From Talk Page:

Well, RTD has finally answered this himself in the latest DWM (out tomorrow, officially, but some have it today) - FOUR 2009 specials, five if you include the 2008 Christmas special. No word on scheduling or titles as yet. 32.97.110.142 (talk) 18:01, 23 July 2008 (UTC) But the writers are confirmed: two by RTD alone, one by RTD and Gareth Roberts, and one by RTD and Phil Ford. Pawnkingthree (talk) 18:06, 23 July 2008 (UTC) DWM and RTD confirmed four specials next year and has given us the writers, an easter special was confirmed by Julie Gardener as well as a Christmas 2009 special.--Wiggs (talk) 16:45, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

So that's two votes for three and three for four. I seem to have made a mistake couple of weeks ago and the same note is against 3 and 4. I'll get rid of that as well Edgepedia (talk) 21:43, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

It would seem that it was going to be three and they changed there minds.--Wiggs (talk) 09:35, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

According to io9, Noel Clarke has said that he will be in the 2009 specials at some point, does anyone have a more solid reference to this? Apparently it was on a BBC Breakfast News segment. magnius (talk) 16:55, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Just a thought: could it be that 1 of the specials is a Children in Need 1, & won't be part of the official Dr Who series? That might account for some of the discrepancies. Peter jackson (talk) 10:58, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
No, the discrepancies are because tabloids are useless. There are 4 2009 full length specials, any CiN stuff would be extra and filmed during the production of one of these specials. magnius (talk) 12:35, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

According to a few sites, the forth 2009 Special will be shown on 1st January 2010! Just rumour of course, but it ties in with three of the specials being an Xmas trilogy (25th, 26th, 1st). Not confirmed yet, so obviously I won't add the info to the main page. magnius (talk) 11:01, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

I found talk about there being a movie in 2010 I am not very good on the web and I hope I did this right and I was wondering if these are rumours of if this should be added to the page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.169.141.74 (talk) 10:51, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

There will be no movie in 2010, whatever you read was wrong. magnius (talk) 11:02, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

No, it's all just rumour (most probably made up by the tabloids) and has no place here until verified by the BBC magnius (talk) 22:44, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

I have added details of Albert Finney joining 2009 cast, source is RTD in the official Doctor Who Magazine (via Blogtor Who site). Of course if this is not considered a strong enough source please revert :) magnius (talk) 16:24, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Unfortunately, blogs are not reliable sources. EdokterTalk 19:17, 20 September 2008 (UTC)