Doctor Who as it began: An Unearthly Child

BFI’s Doctor Who at 50 Screenings Announced!

The BFI has announced the first monthly screenings for the Doctor Who at 50 celebrations at London Southbank, with serials from the first three incarnations of the birthday boy!

Doctor Who as it began: An Unearthly Child

As mention at the end of last year, the organisation has planned special screenings each month leading up to the anniversary date itself and they’ll be starting right back at the beginning with An Unearthly Child on 12th January.

Following on from that, Patrick Troughton will once again be tackling the Tomb of the Cybermen on 9th February; then in March Jon Pertwee is up against the Master as The Mind of Evil is unveiled in newly restored colour.

Each screening will be accompanied by a special Q&A panel, though guests are yet to be announced.

Stories representing the remaining eight Doctors will be announced in the coming year.

Justin Johnson, BFI Programmer, said:

The BFI is very proud of our long relationship with both the BBC and the Doctor Who production team. We are delighted to be playing complete stories featuring each incarnation of The Doctor, supported by Q&As with special guests. As well as the TV work, we also plan to play newly digitally restored versions of the Peter Cushing films, courtesy of Studio Canal. This is the perfect opportunity for old fans and new to come and learn about the genesis of the show and its continuing journey.

Doctor Who’s executive producer Caroline Skinner said:

To be doing this enormous and exciting project for the BFI is just a dream come true. We’re delighted that in this 50th year of the show we have such brilliant support from the BFI for our celebration of Doctor Who’s cultural heritage. Some of the stories we’re going to show are thrilling, surprising, funny and just plain classic TV. Enjoy, everyone!

For the climax of the event, fans will be treated to a special preview of An Adventure in Space and Time, the drama written by Mark Gatiss exploring the personalities that brought the longest running sci-fi series to life.

(via Doctor Who News)

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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