BFI Announces New Guests for “Doctor Who at 50” Events

Doctor WhoAs the BFI Southbank’s “Doctor Who at 50” celebrations enter the modern era of the show, get ready for some very special guests on the BFI stage over the next month!

On Saturday 29 September, the 10th Doctor David Tennant will take to the BFI Southbank stage to speak about his time on the show. Tennant’s appearance will follow a screening of The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End, episodes which saw all the companions since 2005 return to aide the Doctor in this explosive two-part season finale.

The 5 DoctorsThe 8th Doctor Paul McGann will attend a screening of his portrayal of the Time Lord in Doctor Who: The Movie on Saturday 5 October. Although he only had one on screen outing, the 8th Doctor remains a beloved part of the canon with allied adventures in audio, print, graphic novels and other spin-offs.

Following the event, author Marcus Hearn will be signing copies of his Official Doctor Who 50th Anniversary BBC book The Vault, which will be available in the BFI Shop 3 weeks before its October 24 release date.

The Vault draws on unseen and iconic material from the BBC archive and private collectors; an unforgettable journey through 50 years of Doctor Who, via carefully selected photographs, props, costumes designs, production memos, letters, scripts and more.

DOCTOR WHODoctor Who: The Stolen Earth & Journey’s End

BBC 2008. Dir Graeme Harper. With David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Bernard Cribbins. 109min. PG

The universe is crumbling and a number of planets, including Earth, have been stolen but who could be responsible for such a dastardly ruse? With Julian Bleach throwing his all into the new look Davros, all the post-2005 companions back to do battle and more Daleks than you could fit into a Tardis, this is one of the most memorable of the tenth Doctor’s episodes. It doesn’t get any better than this… Sun 29 Sept 14:00 NFT1

Doctor Who The MovieDoctor Who: The Movie

BBC 1996. Dir Geoffrey Sax. With Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Eric Roberts. 90min. 12A

Although it rated highly in the UK, this swashbuckling attempt to regenerate the show couldn’t quite persuade the American commissioners to bring TV’s greatest hero back to our screens for further adventures. The ingredients are all there: a regeneration, the return of the Master and a new-look Tardis. A brave attempt to breathe life into the show, it is a tantalising suggestion of what might have been. McGann’s eighth Doctor remains a beloved part of the canon with allied adventures on audio, in print, graphic novels and the other spin-offs that pepper the Whoniverse. Sat 5 Oct 10:00 NFT1