To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the Australian television catch up service ABC iview will show a series of hand-picked classic serials from the archives – 47 episodes in total. The collection will feature every Doctor, from the first to the eighth, as well as the scariest monsters and the most beloved companions. The season airs thusly:
Saturday 28 September - An Unearthly Child and The Daleks.
Saturday 5 October - The Tomb of the Cybermen.
Saturday 12 October - Spearhead from Space and The Sea Devils.
Saturday 19 October The Sontaran Experiment and City of Death.
Saturday 26 October - Earthshock.
Saturday 2 November - The Two Doctors.
Saturday 9 November - Battlefield.
Saturday 16 November - Doctor Who: The Movie (1996).
The finale episode of the season will be selected by the fans. Visit the iview Facebook page – facebook.com/ABCiview - to choose from seven stories. The most popular will be published on iview on Saturday 23rd November. Voting is open from 1st to 15th October. Catch the series at abc.net.au/iview
THE ABC2 OF DOCTOR WHO
ABC2 will screen a number of Doctor Who specials to tie in with the 50th Anniversary celebrations on Sundays at 7.30pm.
Doctor Who Explained (1 x 45’) - Sunday October 20 at 7.30pm, ABC2
Everything you really need to know about the Doctor - current, future or past. This program provides insights from key cast and crew and will help fans navigate the rich tapestry that is Doctor Who.
The Best of Doctor Who - Series 2 (4 x 45’)
The Science of Doctor Who - Sunday October 27 at 7.30pm, ABC2
Like all great science fiction shows, there are kernels of truth and nuggets of science fact scattered throughout the incredible Doctor Who universe. This special explores the dynamic Doctor Who moments where science fiction and science fact converge and mingle.
The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who - Sunday November 3 at 7.30pm, ABC2
When the Doctor’s around, tomorrow is yesterday, yesterday is tomorrow and 18th century France is in your fireplace. Confused yet? Watch the Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who. You’ve already seen it in the future.
The Women of Doctor Who - Sunday November 10 at 7.30pm, ABC2
Behind every great time lord there’s a great woman. Whether they’re busting Daleks or the Doctor’s ego, the women of Doctor Who prove that you don’t need testosterone to save the universe.
The Destinations of Doctor Who - Sunday November 17 at 7.30pm, ABC2
Leave the beach towel at home and take a trip to the end of the earth – literally. From the Starship UK to one very haunted hotel, you won’t find the destinations of Doctor Who in any guidebook.
The Day of the Doctor (repeat) - Monday November 25 at 7.30pm, ABC2
ABC2 is currently screening all episodes of Doctor Who from Series 1-7, weeknights at 7.30pm, finishing on Friday November 22.