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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary on Radio 4 Extra   Leave a comment

It’s 50 years since the Time Lord first appeared on the small screen. Do not miss the Who Made Who special on Saturday at 9am and 4pm, presented by Tracy-Ann Oberman and celebrating the creative and cultural forces behind the much loved British sci-fi hit.

Also, we bring you a real treat as, starting Saturday, we offer you the chance to hear 10 whole adventures, in one go, every night

All programmes are available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days following their first broadcast. The first two episodes of the dramas and readings are broadcast at 6pm with the full story broadcast at midnight.

  • Doctor Who and the Daleks – NEW to 4 Extra
    Saturday 16th November
    6.00 – 6.45pm – episodes 1 & 2 (repeated 12.00 – 4.30am – episodes 1 – 10)
    A reading based on the original 1963 TV serial featuring the First Doctor and narrated by one of the first companions, Ian Chesterton (played by William Russell).
    Nuclear threat looms large, no more so than on the radiation ravaged world of Skaro. It\’s there the TARDIS heads for the Doctor\’s first meeting with the bane of all his travels … the Daleks.
  • Protect and Survive
    Sunday 17th November
    6.00 – 6.45pm – episodes 1 & 2 (repeated 12.00 – 1.30am – episodes 1 – 4)
    In this drama the seventh Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy) and his young companions Hex and Ace are plunged into the late 80s, where history has gone terrifyingly wrong with the world trembling on the brink of a final terrible war.
  • Fanfare for the Common Men – NEW to 4 Extra
    Monday 18th November
    6.00 – 6.45pm – episodes 1 & 2 (repeated 12.00 – 1.18am – episodes 1 – 4)
    A four-part drama featuring the fifth Doctor (Peter Davison). The Doctor\’s young companion Nyssa is unfamiliar with the Earth\’s musical heritage but in a trip back to 60s the Beatles are nowhere to be seen and their role has been taken by the Common Men …
  • A Thousand Tiny Wings
    Tuesday 19th November
    6.00 – 6.45pm (repeated 12.00 – 1.00am)
    A full cast audio drama in which the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) arrives in a remote homestead during the period of Kenyan independence in December 1963 and is reunited with an old acquaintance – an ex-Nazi called Klein.
  • Farewell Great Macedon – NEW to 4 Extra
    Wednesday 20th November
    6.00 – 6.45pm (repeated 12.00 – 1.00am)
    Based on an unproduced television script and brought to life through a combination of performance and narration. The original team of the first Doctor and companions Ian, Barbara and Susan step out from the TARDIS into the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and meet Alexander the Great.
  • Human Resources
    Thursday 21st November
    6.00 – 6.45pm (repeated 12.00 – 12.52am)
    A full cast drama featuring the eighth doctor (played by Paul McGann). The two-part story explains the on-going mystery of Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith), paired off with the Doctor in a witness protection programme.
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth
    Friday 22nd November
    6.00 – 6.45pm (repeated 12.00 – 1.00am)
    A reading by William Russell (Ian Chesterton in the original TV serial on which the story is based). This is one of the classic Doctor Who stories featuring the first Doctor and set in an occupied Britain.
  • Doctor Who special – Who Made Who – NEW to 4 Extra
    Saturday 23rd November
    9.00am – 12.00pm (repeated 4.00 – 7.00pm)
    Tracy-Ann Oberman is the guide on a journey back to a time before Time Lords. Interviewees include Doctor Who writers Charlie Higson and Al Hennen and William Hartnell\’s grand-daughter. Featured programmes include \’The Reunion\’, which gathers the original 1963 cast and \’Whatever Happened to … Susan Foreman?\’ which tries to solve the mystery of the The Doctor\’s original travelling companion, his grand-daughter.
  • Lucie Miller
    Sunday 24th November
    12.00am
    An Eighth Doctor adventure starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden.
  • To the Death
    Monday 25th November
    12.00am
    The Time Lord calls on friends, family and the Monk to help overthrow the Dalek occupation of Earth. Eighth Doctor adventure stars Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden.

via BBC Radio 4 Extra – Doctor Who.

Posted November 15, 2013 by Whoogle News in 50th Aniversary, Doctor Who News

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Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child Event at the BFI (Parts 1 and 2)   Leave a comment

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

The British Film Insitute launched a year-long celebration with a screening of the show’s opening story, An Unearthly Child (1963), and a discussion with some very special guests.

Doctor Who alumni, including director Waris Hussein, script editor Donald Tosh, actors William Russell, Carole Ann Ford and Jeremy Young, and writer Mark Gatiss, reflect on their experiences of working on the programme and its enduring popularity.