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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A summary of the media coverage relating to the 50th Anniversary for Wednesday.

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


With An Unearthly Child to be broadcast tomorrow evening on BBC4, BBC Breakfast report on a special re-enactment of the first episode at Manchester's Fab Cafe which was attended by the episode's original director Waris Hussein, and the views of a group of schoolchildren invited to a screening of the episode itself.

ITV's magazine programme This Morning examined Doctor Who memorabilia, both from the past and collectibles for the 50th Anniversary, plus a look at items that will feature in the latest Bonhams auction of series props to take place in December. The article is available to watch via the ITV website.

BBC regional news programme Wales Today covered the unveiling of a plaque for Terry Nation at the house in Cardiff where he was born. (BBC iPlayer - from 23:48 available until around 7:00pm tomorrow evening)

Tonight's The One Show on BBC1 was a Doctor Who special with guests Jenna Coleman and John Hurt, plus Steven Moffat from the TARDIS set in Roath Lock. Also, the Radiophonic Workshop play the Doctor Who theme live in studio. (BBC iPlayer)


BBC Radio Norfolk continues its week-long series of articles on the county's association with the show, this morning talking to Dr Keith Johnston from the UEA in Norwich, who explains how he uses the show in his lectures. (BBC iPlayer)

Today's edition of the Alex Dyke show from BBC Radio Solent continued its Doctor Who exploration, with Richard Latto today talking to John Levene about his memories of being in the show (BBC iPlayer, from 1:35:15, and back to John at 1:45:40). You can also watch a longer interview with John via the BBC Solent website.

Mark Gatiss was a guest on Simon Mayo's Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 in the afternoon to chat about 50 years of Doctor Who and his drama, An Adventure in Space and Time. (BBC iPlayer - from 1:05:10)

BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley presented a Doctor Who Mixtape during the evening, compiled by suggestions from listeners. (BBC iPlayer)

More on the mini-mini episode from BBC Radio Wiltshire's Graham Seaman, this time on who would be playing the Doctor. (BBC iPlayer - throughout the show, but the "Doctor" was revealed from 49:06, and fan encounters from 1:09:28)

BBC Kent's Pat Marsh spoke to writer Neil Perryman and his wife Sue about their book, Adventures with the Wife in Space, their appearance at the Folkstone Book Festival, and what it is like to be a Doctor Who fan. (BBC iPlayer - from 1:21:10)

BBC Scotland's Get It On With Bryan Burnett continued its Doctor Who theme, this time "with the Tardis taking him to the present day, playing songs such as Right Here Right Now and Talk Talk's Today." (BBC iPlayer)

Misc Media Items

Coming Up

  • Tomorrow evening sees the premiere of the origins drama An Adventure in Space and Time on BBC2, 9:00pm
  • The drama is followed on BBC4 by a broadcast of the very first story, An Unearthly Child from 10:30pm
  • BBC Radio 2 continues the celebration with The Blagger's Guide to Doctor Who and Who is the Doctor? from 10:00pm
  • Jenna Coleman pops in to see Nick Grimshaw on his breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 from 6:30am.
  • BBC Radio Wales visits the Doctor Who Experience for some six hours during the day (from 10:00am).
  • CBBC's Blue Peter celebrate the 50th Anniversary by launching a new competition and chatting to Jenna Coleman
  • Plus more from Radios Norfolk and Solent on Doctor Who in their regions.
For these and other programming during the course of tomorrow and the next few days, visit This Week in Doctor Who.