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Published on September 12th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

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The Doctor Dines…

BBC Radio Wales are offering two immensely lucky people the chance to be wined and dined in the company of the time-travelling lord Doctor Who and his companion Rose! The Doctor Who Galactic Dinner is being held at the Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on Friday 14 October, and they have 2 tickets for the dinner, overnight accommodation at the Holland House Hotel and the chance to mix with the cast of the hit drama Doctor Who.

To get your hands on the tickets, you must think of a question to ask either the Doctor, Rose, writer Russell T Davies or executive producer Julie Gardner. To find out how to enter, tune in to Radio Wales from Monday from 9.00am. If you’re not lucky enough to get through then tune in to Radio Wales because tickets will be available to buy and Roy Noble will be announcing the all important number to call on Friday 16 September…

The BBC Press Office release contains more information…

The world’s first real sci-fi radio station is about to launch! www.area51radiostation.com begins test transmissions on Monday 26th September – and launch date is Saturday 15th October at 12 pm, where an alien will declare the station open, and a Star Trek Enterprise cast member will be attending. The station can be heard both through the website above and www.ign.com, whose audience is 250,000 a month

The station is also planning events broadcast from California and London in the first month of broadcast, and every Thursday from 6 until 10pm uk time, Stuart Claw talks Star Trek, Doctor who and all your favourite sc-fi shows. He’ll also review video games.

Expect to see the Area 51 banner link on Kasterborous soon.

Meanwhile, the BBC are planning yet more Saturday night adventure serials. Following news that a Robin Hood was in the offing, MediaGuardian reports that BBC controller of drama commissioning Jane Tranter has revealed a serial based on the young Merlin is in the early stages of development for the Doctor Who timeslot – presumably during the months that Doctor Who is off-air.

Chris Chibnall, creator of BBC drama “Born and Bred” is developing Merlin with Sue Hogg and Simon Lewis. The BBC has previously tackled Camelot in The Legend of King Arthur, an eight-part drama series written by Andrew Davies and broadcast on BBC1 in 1979.

Finally, the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has a second reading group – the kids of West Dean C of E Primary School have been reading Justin Richards’ novel The Deviant Strain. there are some plot spoilers, and you can read the children’s thoughts on the story here.

Oh and one last thing – Aled Jones did the cheesey “celebrity getting out of the TARDIS” shot for BBC Proms In The Park at Singleton Park, Swansea, on Saturday, tells icwales.co.uk

Apparently:

“The theme of the night was music and movies so what better way to represent it in Wales than with me in the Tardis while the orchestra played the theme tune from the show.

“And, as everyone knows, the new Doctor Who was filmed in Wales so it felt doubly special.

“I’m not going to tell you what was inside it though!”

It’s a big room Aled with lots of controls and a central rising column. We’ve all seen it on television, son.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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