Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Title & Schedule Revealed - EDITED

You wait ages for some news on the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and all of a sudden, the BBC give us more than enough to go on.

Remember when Steven Moffat said the show would be taking over television? Well, in November it looks like he was telling the truth. Here's what to look forward to ...

BBC1: The anniversary episode itself will be 75 minutes long and has the title of The Day Of The Doctor and will air on the 23rd of November.
BBC2: Mark Gatiss's biopic An Adventure In Space And Time will air along with a Culture Show special by Matthew Sweet titled, You, Me And Doctor Who and Brian Cox will present a show on the science of Doctor Who.
BBC3: The channel will be doing programmes such as Doctor Who: Monsters And Villains Weekend and The Ultimate Guide.
BBC4: A repeat of the William Hartnell story, An Unearthly Child. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.
CBBC:  12 Again will bring the likes of Sylvester McCoy, Louise Jameson, Tommy Knight, Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey, Warwick Davis and Jon Culshaw to name a few. The programme will discuss the guests memories of the show when they were children, along with two Blue Peter specials.

And for the radio as well ...

BBC Radio 2:  A 90 minute documentary, will ask "Who Is The Doctor?" - using newly-recorded interviews and exclusive archive material to find an answer. Plus The Blaggers Guide To Doctor Who by David Quantick and Graham Norton will be hosting his show from Doctor Who Live Celebration in London from November 23rd.
Radio 1: A look at the music genre - TROCK (Time Lord Rock) in a 60 minute documentary.
Radio 4 Extra: A three hour documentary, Who Made Who? This will include interviews and audio/archive material from the series.

Overall, I think that's a cracking selection of stuff to be getting on with during the month of November. And it proves that Moffat wasn't actually lying about the show taking over television - because it will, during the month that it should be. Along with December, which leads to another thing ...

Filming for the Christmas special has begun and while there hasn't been anything massive in the way of spoilers revealed, some pictures have surfaced online with Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman filming in a field. From this angle, Matt's wig in this episode looks pretty convincing. Hopefully some interesting spoilers will materialise over the course of filming for this episode but for now, let's enjoy the spoilers that have been released today.

Press Release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24030127
Christmas 2013 Filming: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-09-10/doctor-who-christmas-special-filming-begins---and-matt-smiths-wig-looks-pretty-convincing

Doctor Who will air a lot over November and December. Enjoy folks.

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