Earlier on @BBCOne tweeted: At midnight tonight we’ll be revealing our plans to take over TV & radio to mark Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. The countdown starts here…
Not too long after that the poster leaked.
Finally, when the struck midnight in the UK, the BBC tweeted this to an unsurprised fanbase: *EXCLUSIVE* First look at the official poster for ‘#TheDayOfTheDoctor - the 50th anniversary episode of #DoctorWho.
A slight disappointment for a fandom who have been waiting patiently for the trailer of the 50th Anniversary episode which will air on BBC One this November 23rd.
The BBC have since followed it up with this tweet: When we said that we were taking over TV and radio for our #DoctorWho 50th celebrations, we really meant it:
Which leads to a facebook post in which they detail their ‘takeover’ of BBC TV and Radio to mark the show’s 50th Anniversary.
The Facebook page apologised for the wordiness of the post before outlining exactly what will be happening across the BBC. See the expended list below which includes the first ever episode of Doctor Who on BBC Four, countdowns like the ‘Monsters and Villains Weekend’ as voted by fans on BB Three and on the radio there will be a documentary looking at ‘Timelord Rock’ or TROCK (Chameleon Circuit anyone?) the genre of music inspired by the show.
It isn’t the trailer, which is what a lot of the fans have been holding out for since- well since the finale of series seven. However, fellow fans, all we can do is wait. After all, fans of the original run waited far longer than this for the show to be relaunched after its initial run. We can wait a few more weeks before rioting.
The comprehensive list:
ON BBC Two:
- In a special one-off programme, Professor Brian Cox will try to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor – can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?
-The Culture Show will present ‘Me, You and Doctor Who’ with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama, arguing that it’s one of the most important cultural artefacts of modern Britain.
- BBC Two will then wrap up its coverage with the previously announced ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ written by Mark Gatiss
ON BBC Three:
-‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ will countdown to the top Doctor Who monster as voted for by you.
- ‘Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide’ will introduce those less familiar to the show to a wealth of archive material and act as a guide to all things Who.
- We also have one further exciting commission to be announced later this year which will see the celebrations finish with a bang.
ON BBC Four:
- Audiences will be introduce audiences to the first Doctor, William Hartnell, with a special re-run of the first ever story, which marked the start of 50 years of history. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.
There will also be programmes across CBBCincluding two live Blue Peter specials.
ON BBC Radio 1:
- A documentary will look at ‘Time Lord Rock (TROCK)’ as a genre of music inspired by the Doctor and his journeys through space and time.
ON BBC Radio 2
- ‘Who is the Doctor’ will look at the lasting appeal of Doctor Who and ask how much of its continued success can be attributed to its basic formula.
- In ‘The Blagger’s Guide to Doctor Who’, David Quantick will give the iconic Doctor the Blagger’s treatment. He’ll be finding out the answers to questions such as why do Americans think Tom Baker is still Doctor Who? How many Doctors have there really been? Were the Daleks really named after an encyclopaedia?
- Finally, Graham Norton will be broadcasting his weekly Radio 2 show live (Saturday 23 November, 10am) from the Doctor Who Celebration in London.