The Radio Times has published details of the air date and times for the broadcast of The Name of the Doctor, the 50th Anniversary Special, in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the show will be simulcast with the UK screening on BBC One which commences at 7.50 p.m on Saturday evening 23 November 2013. The ABC1 air times on the morning of Sunday 24 November for the five Australian time zones will be as follows:
Sydney/ Canberra/Hobart/Melbourne 6:50am (AEDT)
Alice Springs/Darwin 5:20am (ACST)
Brisbane/Cairns 5:50am (AEST)
Adelaide 6:20am (ACDT)
Perth 3:50am (AWST)
In New Zealand The Day of the Doctor will be broadcast on Prime TV at 8.30 a.m.
The BBC Media Centre has announced that the 60 minute special, The Science of Doctor Who, featuring Professor Brian Cox, will air on BBC Two on Thursday 14 November at 9.00 p.m. Details on when the programme will air in Australia have not yet been announced.
The trailer and a short clip, “Brian Cox Tests the Doctor”, have been uploaded to YouTube and the BBC’s published synopsis describes the show thus:
Brian takes an audience, with the help of celebrity guests, on a journey into the wonderful universe of The Doctor, in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans as well anyone with a thirst for understanding.
Brian is in the unique position of knowing The Doctor’s universe inside out as well as the reality behind the drama. When the TARDIS travels through time and space, Brian understands the physics involved. And when it comes to life on other planets, Brian knows the real science that could prove extra-terrestrial life might just really exist in our galaxy.
The Science of Doctor Who Trailer
Brian Cox Tests the Doctor
The Region 2 release date for Mark Gatiss’ docudrama on the genesis of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, has been announced, together with details on the Special Features to be included. The BBC’s Doctor Who TV website has reported that the DVD and Blu Ray is to be released in the UK on Monday 2 December. This is the same date set for the release of The Name of the Doctor on video.The Region 4 Australian and New Zealand release date has not yet been announced however as The Name of the Doctor is due to be released on 4 December 2013, it’s fair to assume that the docudrama may be issued on the same date.
The details published on the BBC website are as follows:
Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters! Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
- Leaflet featuring programme images and an exclusive foreword by writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss
- William Hartnell: The Original
- The Making of An Adventure – narrated by Carole Ann Ford
- Scenes from An Unearthly Child and the pilot episode
- Farewell to Susan (from The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- Festive Greeting (from The Daleks’ Master Plan)
- The Title Sequences
- Deleted Scenes:
- The Radiophonic Workshop
- Verity’s Leaving Party
- English subtitles for the hard of hearing, audio description and audio navigation.
- 5.1 soundtrack
An Adventure in Space and Time is written by Mark Gatiss, executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and directed by Terry McDonough. David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) plays the lead role of William Hartnell while Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black) co-stars as the first ever producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert. The stellar cast is joined by Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein), Lesley Manville (Heather Hartnell), and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman).