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Published on July 30th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

BBC Looking for Fans as Part of 50th Celebration

Whovians! The BBC are looking for fans to take part in a pilot for a show celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who set to film this August.

Celebrate The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary!

The as-yet-to-be-titled programme will act as a pilot for a series celebrating much loved long-running TV shows and is said to be an entertainment show that will include clips from throughout the show’s history along with, according to the BBC, “Doctor Who alumni” as guests. Details of exactly who will present or appear are yet to be confirmed.

So that’s an untitled show, with an unknown presenter featuring unconfirmed guests! Sounds, well… vague?

The show will be recorded on the 4th August at the BBC Elstree Studios and audience members have been asked to “dress to impress” as their favourite Doctor, companion or character from the series. You can don a fez, wear a long scarf, attach a zip to your forehead or dress as a giant ant and pretend to be a Zarbi. Alternatively, you could go as yourself and say you’re a Zygon in disguise.

Tickets, which are free, can be obtained from the BBC.

(via Radio Times.)


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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.

20 Responses to BBC Looking for Fans as Part of 50th Celebration

  1. avatar Ian says:

    Oh look its London or down ‘sarf’ again! What about the rest of the UK?

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      They’ve certainly never heard of a little known place called Edinburgh.

  2. avatar Neu 75 says:

    Hmmm..I wonder…

  3. I believe this a the relaunch of Doctor Who Confidential that Moffett promised was coming back this season…

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      If its Confidential I can’t see the benefit of having an audience.

      Also the BBC link refers to “an exciting new BBC One series pilot, celebrating some of the UK’s longest running TV shows.”

      Therefore it sounds like DW is just being chosen as the first topic with future episodes, assuming it goes to a full series, being about other shows like Eastenders.

  4. avatar Geoff says:

    Well they have been making the show in Wales for 8 years, doesn’t that count?

  5. avatar TonyS says:

    Can we please stop calling ourselves Whovians? Loathsome word.

  6. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    What’s wrong with Whovian? I quite like it.

    • avatar TonyS says:

      It makes us sound like vacuum cleaners

      • Doccers sounds like “dockers”.

        I mean, come on!

        • avatar TonyS says:

          Yes :)

      • avatar Francis Cave says:

        That would be Whoovers which is what fans in Derby call themselves!

        • avatar TonyS says:

          Whoovers is better than Whovians

          • avatar Lynda B says:

            Whoovers sound like vacuum cleaners. :D

  7. avatar TonyS says:

    Why not call ourselves Doccers?

  8. avatar TonyS says:

    Well how about Doccies? Or Whoies? Or “Fans of the television prgramme Doctor Who”?

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      Well as they are asking for fans to come in costume if possible its probably “those bunch of nutters with big coats and tom baker scarves that we can take the mick out of”…..

      • avatar TonyS says:

        Which was going to be my next question? Do we really want to turn up and let the BBC take the widdle out of us?

  9. avatar Francis Cave says:

    Well that did cross my mind, especially having just watched the extra on the Androzani DVD featuring Peter Davison & Colin Baker on the Russell Harty show where Russell speaks to some fans in the audience and does just that.

    I did request tickets but I’ve not heard anything yet so I assume I’ve missed out.

    I was thinking of wearing the only DW shirt I have but that was about it.

    Never understood the whole dressing up thing myself…..

  10. avatar TonyS says:

    In 1981 and 1982 I went to conventions dressed as the Fifth Doctor. But then I am just a show-off. And it was called “fun” in those days rather than “cosplay”. (Is that the word?)

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