Doctor Who 50th anniversary programme revealed
THE BBC has revealed plans to mark Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary with a host of special programmes.
A 75-minute anniversary episode called The Day Of The Doctor, starring Matt Smith and David Tennant, along with John Hurt, will be shown on November 23.
Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, says: “The Day Of The Doctor is nearly here! Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now.”
The newly restored first four episodes of Doctor Who from 1963, starring William Hartnell, will be shown on BBC Four.
BBC Two will broadcast a number of new commissions, focusing on telling the story behind the show.
Professor Brian Cox will take an audience of celebrity guests and members of the public on a journey into the universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
The trailer for the 50th anniversary special:
And in an hour-long special, BBC Two’s arts programme, The Culture Show, presents Me, You And Doctor Who with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama, arguing that it’s one of the most important cultural artefacts of modern Britain.
He’ll examine how the show has become a cultural force in its own right and tell the stories of some of the unsung cultural heroes, who pioneered its innovative music, design and storytelling.
BBC Two wraps up its coverage with the previously announced An Adventure In Space And Time, which will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who and the many personalities involved. Written by Mark Gatiss, the drama stars David Bradley, Brian Cox, Jessica Raine and Sacha Dhawan.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, said: “Fifty years has turned Doctor Who from a television show into a cultural landmark. Personally I can’t wait to see what it becomes after a hundred.”
There will also be programmes on children's channel CBBC, two Blue Peter specials and BBC Three will encourage audiences to get involved and vote in Doctor Who: Monsters And Villains Weekend, counting down to the top Doctor Who monster.
It’s not just TV where audiences will be able join in the celebrations; programming across Radio 2, Radio 1 and Radio 4 Extra will also mark the 50th.
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, said: “Doctor Who is a titan of British television and I’m incredibly proud to have it on the BBC. It’s an astonishing achievement for a drama to reach its 50th anniversary. I’d like to thank every person - on both sides of the camera - who has been involved with its creative journey over so many years.”