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Talking Doctor Who and A Musical Celebration: 60th Anniversary Doctor Who Specials Hit BBC iPlayer

Both the David Tennant fronted BBC4 documentary, Talking Doctor Who, and the musical celebration Doctor Who@60 are now available on BBC iPlayer.

Talking Doctor Who features rare archive footage, much of which will be new to many fans, including: interviews with Jon Pertwee about buying a caravan to keep warm on location; Tom Baker talking about his casting as the Doctor, even before Robot was first aired; and Tom Baker on location in Sussex, pretending to be Scotland, while filming Terror of the Zygons.

Many of these clips are sourced from local BBC news programmes and only received a regional airing back in the 1970s. David Tennant is a warm and enthusiastic host of this documentary and often comes off script to talk about his memories of the show: how, for example, he loved K9 as he was “exactly the right age” for K9 to appeal to him back in 1977. 

You may have already heard the musical celebration Doctor Who@60 when it aired on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, but the video of the concert, which features the premiere of Murray Gold’s new arrangement of the theme tune for Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor, is also available on iPlayer.

If this weren’t enough, the documentary Who Are We? Doctor Who – The Classic Years is expected to hit BBC Sounds soon. Part one of this two part documentary was due to air on 21st October, though was delayed. According to the synopsis, the documentary takes “a trip through … the Doctor Whoniverse … to find out how the changing attitudes of Britain have been reflected through the TARDIS… It’s a tale that features Dalekmania, Dad’s Army, Mary Whitehouse, Ridley Scott, the Cybermen, Hans Zimmer, The Beatles, and the JFK assassination, as the Doctor and his companions are thrown into a world of sexism, racial tensions, and the rise of fan fiction.” The documentary includes archive interviews with Chris Chibnall, Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, and many of the actors who have played the Doctor. 

In this anniversary year, our cups truly overflow with Doctor Who goodness!

Frank Danes

Talking Doctor Who and A Musical Celebration: 60th Anniversary Doctor Who Specials Hit BBC iPlayer

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