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Guinness Confirm Record

The weekend’s Comic Con appearance by the Doctor Who quartet of Julie Gardner, Russell T Davies, David Tennant and Euros Lyn served not only as a superb piece of promotion for the BBC America broadcast of Planet of the Dead, but also as a minor award ceremony.

Early in the session at the San Diego event on Sunday, Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday joined the team on-stage for a shortwhile to present Doctor Who with a new award to add to its record for longest-running sci-fi TV series.

Thanks to Digital Spy’s live blogging at the event, we can pick up the story as it happened…

10.30am: A “special presentation” now from the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records. “It’s the longest-running sci-fi show on TV,” says the chap. “But that’s quite enough, it’s too good a show to have a longest-running record. Based on things like CD sales, downloads, illegal downloads, we’ve realised that Doctor Who is the most successful sci-fi show on TV full stop.” He presents RTD with a plaque.

10.32am: RTD jokes he can “feel a Comic-Con war coming on” over that comment. He then pays tribute to the late Who creator Verity Lambert.

Fantastic stuff. Remarkable to see exactly how well Doctor Who fares on line beyond the crazy world of websites, blogs and Twitter!



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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