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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Starts With A Bang

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For the past year the BBC has slowly been ratcheting up the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations from profiling every incarnation of the Doctor each month to a special Proms earlier this summer.

The celebrations are now almost in full speed with the release today of a special 8 minute mini episode, The Night of the Doctor featuring a very special guest and helping to answer some questions we have had since The Name of the Doctor.  If you have not already watched it check it out on the BBC iPlayer or on YouTube.

Further tonight, Professor Brian Cox will present The Science of Doctor Who on BBC Two at 9pm from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution featuring special guests.

For those of us a little less familiar with Doctor Who may find Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide useful on BBC Three at 8pm on Monday, 18th November.

On Thursday, 21st November the dramatisation of how the first episode of Doctor Who came about, An Adventure in Space and Time will be shown on BBC Two at 9pm.  This dramatisation will star David Bradley as William Hartnell, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert, Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein and Brian Cox (the actor, not the Prof) as Sydney Newman.  Written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Terry McDonough.

On the same evening Russell Tovey will present a Radio 2 programme at 10pm, Who is the Doctor?  It will examine the reasons for its longevity and popularity with interviews with cast and crew of the series.

Friday, 22nd November will see the airing of a special Culture Show episode entitled Me, You and Doctor Who.  Lifelong fan, Matthew Sweet delves into the history of Doctor Who and its cultural impact on Britain and further abroad. BBC Two at 9.30pm.

Of course this will culminate in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor which promises to be an explosive episode bringing together the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors as well as finally detailing the story of John Hurt’s Doctor.  This will be a worldwide simultaneous broadcast and will be shown in the UK on BBC One on Saturday, 23rd November at 7.50pm.  There will also be cinema broadcasts and details can be found as well as details of worldwide broadcasts at www.doctorwho.tv.

I am an unashamed Doctor Who fangirl and 10 days is frankly too long to wait!

Just to whet your appetite you can watch the trailer:-

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