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Friday, 21 June 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Doctor Who is to have its own special display at an exhibition marking the 90th anniversary of listings magazine Radio Times.

Cover Story: Radio Times At 90, to be held at the Museum of London from Friday 2nd August to Sunday 3rd November, will celebrate the history of the publication and reflect the story of broadcasting in Britain, showcasing some of its iconic covers from various programmes over the past nine decades.

It will be divided into sections covering various time frames, but as a nod to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and the fact that the programme has had such a lengthy relationship with the magazine - it was granted its first cover in February 1964 to publicise the start of the seven-part story Marco Polo - there will be a separate section for it that will feature covers as well as photographs from the Radio Times archive.

In addition, visitors can become cover stars themselves, posing alongside a life-size Dalek against a backdrop of Westminster Bridge to re-create the 2005 "Vote Dalek!" Radio Times cover, which promoted the episode Dalek and was voted most iconic cover of all time in the Great Cover Debate run by the Periodical Publishers Association (now called the Professional Publishers Association) in 2008. That particular cover is also currently in the running to be named Cover of the Century, with public voting open until Monday 30th September via the PPA website.

The free exhibition will take visitors from the BBC's first radio transmission to today's multi-channel offerings, through landmark broadcasts, archive clips, broadcast artefacts, and original Radio Times photography and artwork, including pieces by C R W Nevinson, John Gilroy, and influential British graphic designer Abram Games.

Radio Times editor Ben Preston said:
To flick through the covers of Radio Times over the past 90 years is to watch a popular history of Britain unfold: royal weddings, coronations, the outbreak of war and peace, moon landings, and even a victorious World Cup, household names created, and stars born - all have graced the cover of Radio Times.

No other magazine can rival Radio Times for showcasing the work of some of the nation's finest artists and photographers, creating unforgettable magazine covers that resonate today. In our 90th year, it is fantastic to work with the Museum of London to celebrate Radio Times' heritage and continued success.
Museum of London curator Jim Gledhill added:
The history of broadcasting in Britain has strong associations with London as the birthplace of the BBC. Radio Times has been an integral part of this history, so it is fitting that the Museum of London mark its 90th anniversary.
Sharon Ament, Museum of London director, stated:
Some of the most momentous moments from Radio Times' considerable canon will be on our walls. That's not only rather splendid but totally apt as this publication has been a large part of much of our culture for the past 90 years. With its roots in London there was a point when no sitting room was without this magazine. It was a weekly ritual to pore over its pages. I can't wait for the exhibition to open.
Radio Times, which was first published by the BBC in London on 28th September 1923 and is now published by Immediate Media Co, won the PPA's Consumer Magazine of the Year Award on Wednesday.