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Saturday, 23 November 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A summary of the media coverage relating to the 50th Anniversary for a very busy Friday.

(note: the BBC radio broadcasts are available worldwide, but video broadcasts may be unavailable outside the United Kingdom. BBC iPlayer programmes are generally available for seven days after broadcast)


  • BBC Breakfast's coverage of the 50th Anniversary continued this morning with an article by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz about 50 years of the show, plus the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, talked live from London as he prepares for the first day of the Excel Doctor Who Celebration. The item is available to watch via the BBC website.
  • Richard Arnold briefly reported on the weekend of celebration to come on ITV's Daybreak (ITV Player). This was then followed by a preview of The Day of The Doctor by showbiz journalist Dan Wootton. (ITV Player)
  • Sunday Mirror critic Kevin O'Sullivan delivered his weekly Talking Telly on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, feeling that there may have been a little too much coverage of the show over the last fortnight! (Demand 5)
  • BBC regional news programme Look East delved into Doctor Who's association with the region, including interviews with Terry Molloy and Brian Hodgson. The programme is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer from 23:05
  • BBC London News reported on Doctor Who activity in the capitol, including a visit to The Who Shop and participants for the Doctor Who mass wedding taking place this weekend. (BBC iPlayer)
  • BBC South East Today celebrated 50 Years of the show from Herne Bay, home to its first credited writer Anthony Coburn - and also arranged a local screening of An Unearthly Child. (BBC iPlayer - from 12:34)
  • BBC2 premiered Me, You and Doctor Who: a Culture Show Special, with Matthew Sweet taking us through the history of Doctor Who and how it has influenced the social life of Britain. (BBC iPlayer)
  • Matt Smith and David Tennant were guests on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 (BBC iPlayer)


  • Matt Smith popped in to chat to Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1. (BBC iPlayer - from 1:38:17)
  • Lots of items from BBC Radio Norfolk! Brian Hodgson explains how he created the Dalek voices (BBC iPlayer link); scenic designer Spencer Chapman (link); writer David Fisher (link); Graham Cole on playing a Cyberman (link); Ken Caswell's father painted the TARDIS prop in 1963 (link); Mike Thomas remembers being at Doctor Who rehearsals as a child (link); and John and Gay Hodgson recall Tom Baker encounters (link).
  • BBC Radio Scotland's The Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth features four super-fans - authors A L Kennedy and Jenny Colgan, TV critic Paul Whitelaw and comedian Charlie Ross. Also features Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant! (BBC iPlayer, throughout show)
  • Ray Clark on BBC Essex met an Essex TARDIS owner and hears from former Doctor Who screen writer Donald Tosh. (BBC iPlayer - day overview at 51:52, TARDIS from 2:17:45, Donald from 2:52:01)
  • Dave Monk on BBC Essex chatted to DWM editor Tom Spilsbury and county-born Deborah Watling. (BBC iPlayer - Tom from 52:04, Deborah from 2:35:56, and also more from Donald Tosh at 1:34:32)
  • Mark Punter is next up on BBC Essex, exploring the world of memorabilia, and also chatting to author Jacqueline Rayner. (BBC iPlayer - memorabilia from 23:00, Jacqueline from 1:05:20)
  • The final BBC Essex instalment comes with Drivetime, which features writer Victor Pemberton. (BBC iPlayer - from 49:10, plus Donald Tosh at 1:23:24 and Deborah Watling at 2:36:24)
  • BBC Leicester's Jim Davis chatted to K9-vocalist John Leeson. (BBC iPlayer)
  • The BBC World Service's Witness spoke to Carole Ann Ford (BBC iPlayer, also available as a podcast)
  • Newshour on the World Service reflected on 50 years of the series. (BBC iPlayer - from 43:00 and 47:58)
  • Sara James from the Oxford University Doctor Who Society featured on BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle show dicussing the group and plans for tomorrow. (BBC iPlayer - from 03:41:30)
  • BBC Leicester's Jonathan Lampon included special Doctor Who stories during the show. (BBC iPlayer - from 2:07:45)
  • The theme for BBC Scotland's Get It On With Bryan Burnett for Friday is "songs about the Doctor's assistants, from You've Got a Friend in Me to It Takes Two." (BBC iPlayer)

Misc Media Items

Highlights for Saturday

  • BBC Breakfast report from the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Celebration at the Excel Centre.
  • Graham Norton also presents his show on BBC Radio 2 live from the convention from 10:00am.
  • Blue Peter celebrates the anniversary with a special party on CBBC from 9:30am.
  • CBBC's 12 Again presents a Doctor Who special from 2:30pm, with cast and celebrities sharing their memories of growing up with the show.
  • BBC3 will present Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty from 9:05pm.
  • Peter Davison presents the mission of classic Doctors to be involved in the 50th Anniversary Special, from 10:05pm via the BBC Red Button.
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra presents a three hour special, Who Made Who? from 9:00am, with audio from the archive, new interviews and extracts from audio versions of Doctor Who.
  • For early birds, BBC Radio Solent's Richard Latto looks at Doctor Who's relationship with Southern England.
  • BBC Radio Norfolk's David Whiteley presents the final two snippets of the county's relationship with the show, with interviews with Terry Molloy and Brian Hodgson.

  • Oh, and a small matter of a 50th Anniversary celebratory episode, The Day of The Doctor, 7:50pm, BBC1 and simulcast around the world!
For further details on these and a number of other local radio broadcasts on Anniversary Day, don't forget to visit This Week In Doctor Who!