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Published on November 11th, 2013 | by Drew Boynton

Special Guest Announced for DWCA 50th Anniversary Event

The Doctor Who Club of Australia will be celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary with a Golden Jubilee Day on November 23rd, and have announced a special guest for the festivities: Viktors Ritelis!

Mr. Ritelis was a production assistant on some of First Doctor William Hartnell’s stories in the mid-1960s. And he may also have quite an amazing place in Doctor Who history:

“Viktor worked hard to build a strong working relationship with William Hartnell and also may have unwittingly started the conversation that led to the very first regeneration later that year (an interesting story you need to hear).”

The young Doctor Who production assistant went on to become a prolific director, on shows from Colditz, to The Sweeney, to even Blake’s 7! With all of his years in television, Mr. Ritelis will give what sounds to be a fascinating talk:

“Full of stories, Viktor will also share with us a presentation on the differences between television production then and now. How did the studio work on those early Doctor Who episodes? What has television gained — and lost — as it has evolved into the big budget high technology world of today?”

The Golden Jubilee is a special one-day event on the very special day of November 23rd, and will be held at the Adina Hotel in Sydney from 11am to 8pm.

Sounds like a party!

Ticket prices are available on the DWCA website.

(Via Doctor Who Club of Australia.)

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