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Published on March 15th, 2010 | by James Whittington

Doctor Who… At The BBC: A Legend Reborn

This all-new compilation of interviews and behind-the-scenes pieces from the last few years of Doctor Who is the usual mixed bag of goodies we’ve come to expect from this series. Elisabeth Sladen is once again on presenting duties with Andrew Pixley behind the material selection and linking script. Clips come mainly from BBC radio such as Go 4 It, Jo Whiley, Newsbeat and Simon Mayo. I won’t reveal all that’s covered just so you can listen out for some gems yourself.

Doctor Who... At the BBC: A Legend RebornFor starters we get to hear from Christopher Eccleston who was interviewed by Jo Whiley in 2005. Though she resorts to some rather lame questions (“Does the TARDIS have a toilet?”) she’s able to encourage some fantastic (pun intended) answers from the northern star. Christopher is on fine form, giving clues all the way as to how his Doctor would evolve through his tenure but makes sure he doesn’t give too much away. He even comments of Rose’s “love” for the Doctor. This is followed by the announcement of Eccleston’s resignation from the role only 5 days after the first episode was broadcast.

As you’d expect this 2-disc set covers Tennant’s 10th Doctor more than Eccleston’s 9th. Even though these pieces have broadcast over the last five years I was surprised by how much I’d forgotten. Did you download any of those extra episodes made specifically for Season 2 and designed to be viewed on your mobile? Those so-called TARDISodes?

Peter Fincham (Controller of BBC1 in 2006) pops up to talk to Simon Mayo about the Doctor Who Christmas Day episode, The Runaway Bride. Freema Agyeman also drops in and chats to Simon Mayo who seems to be quite excited to meet her. Freema’s enthusiasm is wonderful; you can almost hear her smile. She’s always been a favourite of mine, a cruelly underused character who deserves just one more trip in the TARDIS.

The disc doesn’t have much comedy but Mitch Benn’s song from The Now Show, originally broadcast April 2007 is a stand-out moment. Though a football ditty it’s use of Doctor Who is ingenious and we get to almost hear Lis say a naughty word!

This is wonderful nostalgic trip into recent Doctor Who history. It may not be the most played disc in your collection but it is fun.

Doctor Who at the BBC: A Legend Reborn is out now, and has an RRP of £13.99, however you can purchase it from Amazon for just £6.49!

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James has been a Doctor Who fan for as long as he can recall. A child of the 70s and 80s, he weathered all the storms and controversies the show encountered, though he didn’t buy the “Doctor In Distress” single.




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