Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty & Doctor Who Day
The BBC has announced further details on the special 50th anniversary programme, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, which is set to air on BBC3 directly after the premiere of The Day of the Doctor.
The live BBC Three show is to celebrate all things Doctor Who with Matt Smith and fans around the world, as One Direction gate-crash celebrations.
Live from London’s Southbank, Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards will get the afterparty started on BBC Three, as they are joined by Matt Smith and guests to discuss the Doctor’s most epic adventure yet.
As soon as titles roll on BBC One’s The Day Of The Doctor, viewers can join the current Doctor himself, as well as a host of previous Doctors and their time-travelling companions in the ultimate celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who on BBC Three.
As well as all the gossip on the The Day Of The Doctor, there will be exclusive interviews, show-stopping monster moments and fans around the world will be giving their reaction, as they showcase how they are celebrating the special anniversary.
One Direction will also be joining the party as they gate-crash the show live from LA to wish the Doctor a happy birthday.
Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says: “The 50th anniversary is going to be a huge party for Doctor Who and we’re delighted that BBC Three will be able to give the fans all the backstage access to the stars at the hottest ticket in town.”
Commissioned by Pinki Chambers, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty is executive produced by Mark Cossey and Phil Dolling. It is produced by Russell Minton and made by BBC In-house Entertainment and Events.
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty airs 23 November at 9.05pm on BBC3.
BBC Radio Wales are also celebrating the 50th with a special daytime broadcast on Thursday 21 November.
BBC Radio Wales has announced it will dedicate its daytime schedule to Doctor Who on Thursday, November 21 – two days before the worldwide broadcast of the special 50th anniversary adventure, The Day Of The Doctor.
Two of the station’s daytime programmes, Jason Mohammad and Eleri Siôn, will be broadcasting live from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay on the day, with a host of special guests ready to tell the Welsh story of the legendary time traveller. Radio Wales will also be re-broadcasting the Doctor Who Prom that was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July this year.
BBC Radio Wales’ Editor, Steve Austins, says: “I’m thrilled we’re going to celebrate this truly Welsh success story with the Radio Wales Doctor Who Day. Its return in 2005 marked the start of BBC Cymru Wales’ drama success story with programmes like Doctor Who now viewed by millions all over the world. It’s fitting therefore that we pay tribute not only to The Doctor but also to all those involved in making the series from our Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay. I’d say it’s one of the great Welsh success stories of recent years.”
From 10am on Radio Wales Doctor Who Day, Jason Mohammad will be chatting with Jenna Coleman about her role as the Doctor’s current companion, Clara Oswald, and Steven Moffat, the show’s head writer and executive producer, will also be joining Jason and answering listeners’ questions. Jason will also be talking to the curator of the Doctor Who Experience, Andrew Beech, and there will be a special item about how Wales has benefited from its association with the long-running series.
Jason’s connection with the series is stronger than some listeners of his Radio Wales show may appreciate, as he’s appeared as a newsreader on both Doctor Who and the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures. He’s therefore experienced some of the passion the fans have for the series at first hand.
“I still get mail from Doctor Who fans,” says Jason. “I’ve got one letter which I’ve kept from a guy in New Zealand who said, ‘I’m not familiar with your repertoire – I don’t know what else you’ve done, but may I say you played the role of a newsreader very well,’ not knowing that it was my job at the time.”
Eleri Siôn will take over the live broadcasts from the Doctor Who Experience from 1pm, with an interview with location manager Iwan Roberts about his job and some of the Welsh locations used on the series. There will also be an exclusive look behind the scenes as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales records the music for The Day Of The Doctor, including interviews with composer Murray Gold and conductor Ben Foster. Film critic Gary Slaymaker will also assess the impact Doctor Who has made on film.