Recent newspaper reports indicated that writer Anthony Coburn's son Stef had challenged the Corporation's ownership of the copyright of the TARDIS, leading to a question over whether or not his father's story could be broadcast. Coburn himself stated this morning via his Twitter account that he had been informed that the BBC were not going to show the episodes.
However, the BBC Press Office have told us:
These first episodes form an important part of the BBC’s celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and we don’t want to deny BBC viewers in the UK the opportunity to see them. We don’t believe that Mr Coburn’s claims should affect any planned programming.
An Unearthly Child is to be broadcast at 10:30pm on Thursday 21st November on BBC4, immediately following the television premiere of origins drama An Adventure in Space and Time, showing on BBC2 from 9:00pm.