Radio Times Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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TV listings magazines are out in force this week celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The Radio Times is leading the charge by dedicating not one, but 12 covers to the grand occasion.



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  • Why you can’t destroy the Doctor, by Steven Moffat
    The show-runner writes exclusively for Radio Times on a cultural legacy so strong that it even endured a 16-year television hiatus. Not that he would ever let that happen again, of course…
  • Retrospectives of each Doctor
    From the first Doctor, William Hartnell, to the 11th, Matt Smith, we examine each Time Lord’s era, taking in companions, villains and using exclusive archive interviews with the actors themselves. It’s the ultimate guide to the mad man in a box.
  • Interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt
    It’s not all about the past, though, for The Day of the Doctor is coming. Radio Times talks to Matt Smith and David Tennant about acting together – “Have I just woken out of a dream?” asks the tenth Doctor – while screen legend John Hurt (the War Doctor) tells us why he wasn’t a fan of the 1963 series.
  • Interactive issue
    The issue is not just packed with great Doctor Who words and pictures, it also contains a treasure trove of interactive content, such as video, 3D pages and detailed guides. To access the interactive content, simply download the free Blippar app to your smartphone or tablet; then open the app and hold your device over the interactive symbols. Start with the cover to reveal an exclusive video message from the 11th Doctor, and the opportunity to create and star in your own Radio Times Doctor Who cover to share on social media. Inside, there’s even more, including a comprehensive episode-by-episode guide for each Doctor, animated and video Doctor Who content, over 100 pictures from the Radio Times Doctor Who archive, a gallery of all Radio Times’s Doctor Who covers, plus exclusive 3D content.
  • An exclusive shot from The Day of the Doctor
    The tenth Doctor and Joanna Page’s Queen Elizabeth I look rather cosy, don’t they?
  • My love of Doctor Who, by BBC Director General Tony Hall
    The DG writes exclusively for Radio Times about how he fell in love with Doctor Who in 1963 and is now thrilled to be the man in charge at its height. He even tells a nifty little tale of how he once flew the Tardis…
  • Interviews with famous Doctor Who fans
    Charlie Brooker, Jonathon Ross and Jo Whiley are among the stars sharing their favourite Who moments in extracts from Steve Berry’s book, From Behind The Sofa.
  • Win the Doctor’s actual bow tie!
    And finally, as if we haven’t spoilt you lot enough, we’re also giving readers a chance to a win a money-can’t-buy prize: the bow tie worn by Matt Smith’s Doctor on screen.
  • Twelve collectable covers
    Did we mention there are a staggering 12 Doctor Who covers this week? With different monsters and a different Doctor on each one…

The Radio Times is on sale Tuesday 19 November.