Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BBC's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The BBC have announced full details of all the programming on television and radio to celebrate the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. BBC One, of course, will screen the special episode The Day of the Doctor on November 23 (see the promo poster HERE), but check out below all the other shows coming up!

BBC Two 
For one night only, Professor Brian Cox (The Power Of Three) will take an audience of celebrity guests and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1x60 minutes). Drawing on the latest theories, as well as 200 years of scientific discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor: Can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?

In an hour-long special, BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show presents Me, You And Doctor Who (1x60 minutes), 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. Put simply, Doctor Who matters. 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 (1x90 minutes), 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 (Dinosaurs On A Spaceship); Brian Cox (The End of Time), Jessica Raine (Hide) and Sacha Dhawan (History Boys, Last Tango In Halifax).

BBC Four 
The channel will introduce audiences to the first Doctor, William Hartnell, with a special re-run of the first-ever story, which marked the start of 50 years of history. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.

There will also be programmes across the children's channel with 12 Again (1x30 minutes) bringing together CBBC’s super-fan Chris Johnson, impressionist Jon Culshaw, Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Warwick Davis (Porridge in Nightmare In Silver), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Louise Jameson (Leela) and the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, to share their memories of watching TV’s top Time Lord when they were young.

Blue Peter will launch an exciting new competition giving viewers aged between six and 14 the opportunity to design a new gadget that will become part of the iconic science fiction series. Two live Blue Peter specials will see presenters Barney, Lindsey and Radzi joined by aliens and monsters, with viewers challenging Matt Smith to answer their Doctor Who questions.

BBC Three
Audiences will be encouraged to get involved and vote in Doctor Who: Monsters And Villains Weekend, as we countdown to the top Doctor Who monster. For those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide will introduce fans and viewers to a wealth of archive material and act as a guide to all things Who. A further exciting commission to be announced later this year will see the celebrations finish with a bang.

BBC Radio 2 
Who Is The Doctor? is a 90-minute documentary featuring newly recorded interviews and exclusive archive material. The programme will look at the lasting appeal of Doctor Who and ask how much of its continued success can be attributed to its basic formula.

In The Blagger’s Guide To Doctor Who, David Quantick will give the iconic Doctor the Blagger’s treatment. He’ll be finding out the answers to questions such as, why do Americans think Tom Baker is still Doctor Who? How many Doctors have there really been? Were the Daleks really named after an encyclopaedia?

Finally, Graham Norton will be broadcasting his weekly Radio 2 show live (Saturday 23 November, 10am) from the Doctor Who Celebration in London. In a special three-hour show, Graham will take a ride in the TARDIS and will also be chatting with some of the series’ stars and fans.

Radio 1
Music is a key part of Doctor Who, from the famous theme tune to soaring melodies, but the show has also inspired a whole new phenomenon – Time Lord Rock (TROCK). Radio 1 will look at this genre of music inspired by the Doctor and his journeys through space and time with a 60-minute documentary.

Radio 4 Extra 
The channel travels back to 1963 with a three-hour special programme, Who Made Who?, to look at the world that inspired the television series. Doctor Who may have come from other times, but his roots were very much in the present of 1960s Britain. This distinctive programme combines audio from the archive, new interviews and extracts from audio versions of Doctor Who. Additionally, the station will broadcast readings and dramas featuring the great Doctor.


Paul said...

Are all of those things also happening the same day as the 50th Anniversary? Sorry if you said, I may be overwhelmed with excitement.

Anonymous said...

Nothing that amazing. I would of rather the 50th episode was longer than 75 min. Than some of the things listed here.

Ozzy Baxter said...

Yep. Just a lot of "talking-heads" cheap documentary fillers, instead of story or substance. Yawn. Wake me when the current regime is no longer running (ruining) the show.

50 years and the docu-drama about the show is longer than the actual anniversary episode. What a joke.

Ben said...

Really don't understand how people can moan about the running length before seeing the story. If a great story fits 75 mins, then that's the perfect length :-)

Anonymous said...

The "actual anniversary episode" is bound to be a pile of crap anyways. It's best that the docudrama (which could be awful as well, what with Mark Gatiss involved) is the longer and (presumably) more respectful of the two.

IanO said...

Why not some repeats? I understand that An Unearthly Child is unconfirmed due to resolution of issues with one of the episodes.

hgartland said...

Is Radio 2 available is America? How? Where?
Thank you.