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Class final ratings
Consolidated ratings are now available for episodes 7 and 8 of Class, shown on BBC One two weeks ago, which include details of those who recorded the programme and watched it within a week.
Episode 7, The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did, which was broadcast at 10.47pm, had a confirmed audience of 0.68 million viewers, a 6.4% share of the total TV audience. The channel average for the timeslot is of 1.85 million. The figure is slightly lower than the initial overnight figure. The programme was beaten in the timeslot by BBC Two's Newsnight getting 0.81 million, however it outrated Through the Keyhole on ITV which had 0.53 million. An additional 0.20 million have accessed the episode on iPlayer since its release on BBC Three last October. The episode scored an AI of 82.
Episode 8, The Lost, followed immediately afterward, starting at 11.33pm, and had a consolidated audience of 0.32 million watching, a share 5.5% of the audience. The channel average for the timeslot is 0.82 million. The programme was outrated by Hospital on BBC Two, with 0.38 million. Around 195,000 have accessed the episode on iPlayer. The episode scored an AI of 82.
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Capaldi came close to staying
Steven Moffat has said that Peter Capaldi “came close” to staying on in Doctor Who.
The Twelfth Doctor will regenerate in the 2017 Christmas special, but he could have carried on into Chris Chibnall’s debut series.
“It took Peter a long time to make up his mind,” Moffat tells Broadcast in a new interview.
“Chris tried to persuade him to stay [on for Series 11 in 2018].”
He adds: “I knew it was a possibility that he’d leave because Doctors tend to do three years. I thought that he might want to opt out, rather than go through the trauma of a change in command and maybe leaving a year later anyway. But I think he came close to staying.”
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Chibnall on new doctor casting
Future Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has offered some insight into how he’ll go about casting the 13th Doctor.
Speaking in the Telegraph, Chibnall says: “We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea.”
He adds: “The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”
On whether Broadchurch cast members such as bookies’ early favourite Olivia Colman have expressed interest, he teases: “I can’t confirm or deny any calls, texts, emails or conversations I might have had. I’ve just had the most hilarious text from an actor I worked with a long, long time ago. And no, I can’t tell you who it is…”
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Fourth doctor series 7 from big finish
In 2018 the Fourth Doctor will confront one of his greatest foes again as Sutekh, the Destroyer of Worlds, returns in a brand new four-episode audio production. It’s just part of a season that includes the return of the Robots of Death, an alternate life for Leela and a new shape shifting villain…
Series Seven of The Fourth Doctor Adventures will be told across two box sets, kicking off the first run of four stories in January with The Sons of Kaldor by Andrew Smith, in which the Doctor and Leela arrive on a seemingly deserted ship where the sole surviving member of the crew is in suspended animation, and robots from Kaldor tend to the systems. But something is outside - and it’s trying to get in… Martha Cope (Bad Wolf) plays Commander Lind, and Oliver Dimsdale (Grantchester) is Rebben Tace.
‘I love Andrew’s script,’ says producer David Richardson. ‘It takes certain elements from The Robots of Death and spins them off into an exciting and brand new direction, one that is full of twists and turns. Listeners are in for a treat!’
The Crowmarsh Experiment by David Llewellyn finds Leela waking up in a scientific institute on Earth, where, known as Dr Marshall, she has undergone a psychological experiment. But Marshall’s dreams have taken over - she actually believes she is Leela of the Sevateem, and Dr Stewart (Tom Baker), Dr Holman (Julian Wadham), Linus Strang (Dan Starkey) and her husband Colin Marshall (Damian Lynch) endeavour to convince her of the truth. Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa) also guest stars as Jennifer.
‘This is a fascinating tale,’ explains David Richardson, ‘and it brings back actors from previous stories, in twists on their original characters. Leela meets Marshall again, the man she would have married, and has the chance to settle down and be happy. But is it all too good to be true?'
The travellers visit Chaldera, a world that has reached the limit of its resources, in The Mind Runners and The Demon Wakes by John Dorney, which introduce an enigmatic new villain known only as Mr Shift (Andy Secombe). Josette Simon (Blake’s 7) guest stars as Taraneh.
Box set two is released in May and opens with Shadow of London by Justin Richards, in which the TARDIS lands in the capital city… but it’s not how the Doctor remembers it. Beneath the facade lies a dangerous experiment - and a creature that is on a killing rampage. Darren Boyd (Bridget Jones’s Baby) plays Hemmings, the head of a secret training facility…
The second story remains under wraps, but the series culminates with Kill the Doctor! and The Age of Sutekh by Guy Adams, which sees the long-awaited rematch between the Fourth Doctor and Sutekh. Gabriel Woolf (pictured above with Tom Baker) returns to voice the Egyptian God and Sophia Myles (The Girl in the Fireplace) plays Rania Chuma.
‘Guy’s scripts tell a dark and visceral tale, unflinchingly illustrating the power of Sutekh’s insanely evil abilities,’ says director Nicholas Briggs. ‘The stakes are so high in this story that it feels as though good will never triumph. It’s a remarkable piece of work, and with such a fabulous cast, I can’t wait to hear it come to life.'
The seventh series of Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Adventures is released as two four-story boxed sets in January and May 2018, each priced at £20 on Download and £25 on CD, or together in Subscriptions for £40 and £45 respectively. All eight stories can be individually bought on Download for £8.99 each
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