In news that is sure to feature in every satirical news programme on the planet, Doctor Who is to receive royal recognition in the form of a special reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Countess of Wessex, understood to be a keen fan of the series, will host the party on November 18 2013.
The long-standing royal banishment of the Doctor, imposed by Queen Victoria, has been lifted in time for the 50th anniversary and present and former cast and crew members are expected to be invited.
It’s not clear if the Queen will be present but she surely won’t want to miss it, given she’s reported to enjoy nothing more than an evening at Balmoral with her Ninth Doctor box set.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall showed their affection for the programme in July, undertaking a visit to the BBC Roath Lock studios where the Prince had a go with Nick Briggs’ legendary ring modulator.
What do you most want to see from this auspicious occasion? Matt Smith doing the ‘giraffe’ dance with the Countess? Tom Baker recounting tall stories to Her Majesty? Katie Manning receiving a Damehood? Tell us below!
(Via Radio Times.)