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Friday, 22 November 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A summary of the media coverage relating to the 50th Anniversary for a rather busy Thursday.

(note: the BBC radio broadcasts are available worldwide, but video broadcasts may be unavailable outside the United Kingdom.)


  • The highlight of the day has to be the broadcast of the 50th Anniversary's origin drama, An Adventure in Space and Time, which starred David Bradley as William Hartnell. (BBC iPlayer)
  • This was followed by a short documentary, William Hartnell: The Original, featuring rare footage and new interviews with many that worked with the actor.
  • David Bradley appeared on this morning's BBC Breakfast to promote the broadcast, chatting about his experience in portraying the original Doctor, and in meeting many of the original cast. A clip from the interview can be found on the BBC News website.
  • Though the 21st Century series is regularly repeated, it is rare to see a story from the original run, but in celebration of its 50th Anniversary the whole of the first story was broadcast on BBC4 after An Adventure in Space and Time had finished. However, the BBC reported: "Doctor Who fans: Due to rights restrictions 'An Unearthly Child' won’t be on iPlayer after it’s been aired on BBC Four tonight".
  • The Daily Politics on BBC2 featured a discussion of politics in Doctor Who with guests Dr Matthew Ashton from Nottingham Trent University and MP Tom Harris, a contributor to Behind The Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who. (BBC iPlayer - from 53:10)
  • BBC3 repeated the 2013 Doctor Who Prom highlights which was originally shown during the summer (BBC iPlayer). The Red Button service followed this up with additional music from that prom that had previously been unbroadcast.


  • In The Blagger's Guide to Doctor Who on BBC Radio 2, David Quantick takes a look back over 50 years of science fiction at its British best with a quick fire look at all things Doctor Who. (BBC iPlayer)
  • Following on, Russell Tovey presents a special documentary, Who is the Doctor?, looking at the lasting appeal of Doctor Who and asks how much of its continued success can be attributed to its basic formula. (BBC iPlayer)
  • Jenna Coleman was a guest on BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw show, with the actress chatting about working with Matt Smith over the last year, and looking to the future with Peter Capaldi. (BBC iPlayer - intro from 1:24:55, interview from 1:39:15)
  • Steven Moffat was a guest on the Richard Bacon show during the afternoon, chatting about Doctor Who reaching 50 years, casting Peter Capaldi, and fielding questions from listeners. (BBC iPlayer - from 18:35)
  • Moffat then popped up on Phil Trow's show on BBC Radio Manchester, chatting about making The Day of The Doctor, how he handles spoilers, and asked by "super-fan" Brian Gorman about how Peter Capaldi will play the role. (BBC iPlayer - Moffat chat from 47:23, Gorman chat from 1:04:15).
  • A busy man, it's Moffat again on BBC Radio Sheffield, this time on the Howard Pressman show! (BBC iPlayer - from 1:22:39)
  • BBC Wales had a Doctor Who Day, kicking off with a phone-in on the Oliver Hides show about what makes Doctor Who so enduring, followed by both Jason Mohammed and Eleri Siôn's shows broadcast live from the Doctor Who Experience. Finally in the evening there was a repeat of the full 2013 Doctor Who Prom. (BBC iPlayer for Oliver, Jason and Eleri, plus the Prom)
  • BBC Radio Norfolk continues its week-long series of articles on the county's association with the show, this morning talking to former child actress Barbara Harper (née Loft) about appearing with Patrick Troughton. (BBC iPlayer)
  • BBC Radio Solent's Alex Dyke show explored the alternative 30th anniversary 'special', the multi-"Doctor" story The Airzone Solution by Bill Baggs. (BBC iPlayer - from 1:36:38)
  • Allan Beswick on BBC Radio Manchester ran a quiz, based on questions from 5 year old super-fan Gage. (BBC iPlayer - from 2:17:50)
  • BBC Scotland's Get It On with Bryan Burnett continued its Doctor Who theme, this time "the Tardis takes him into the future, playing songs such as In the Year 2525 and Busted's Year 3000." (BBC iPlayer)

Misc Media Items

Highlights for tomorrow

  • BBC2's Culture Show Special, You, Me and Doctor Who is on at 9:30pm.
  • Both Matt Smith and David Tennant are guests on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 from 10:35pm.
  • Matt Smith drops in to chat with Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 (from 9:00am).
  • A variety of guests feature throughout the day on BBC Radio Essex, including Donald Tosh (Ray Clark, from 6:00am), Deborah Watling (Dave Monk, 9:00am), and Victor Pemberton (Drivetime, 4:00pm).
  • BBC Radio Norfolk continues its local stories, including fan Mike Thomas's recollections of Doctor Who rehearsals (Chris Goreham, from 6:00am), Brian Hodgson (Nick Conrad, 9:00am), Graham Cole and Spencer Chapman (Stephen Bumfrey, midday), and David Fisher (Matthew Gudgin, 4:00pm).
For these and other programming during the course of tomorrow and the next few days, don't forget to visit This Week in Doctor Who.