Who’s Who, just what Doc­tor or­dered for 50th party

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THE Daleks will de­scend on Buck­ing­ham Palace at a re­cep­tion to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of Doc­tor Who. Doc­tors past and pre­sent will join the Count­ess of Wes­sex, wife of Prince Ed­ward, at for a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of the BBC’s long-run­ning hit science fic­tion show. The Time Lord’s TARDIS will also jour­ney to the royal res­i­dence, along­side other props such as cos­tumes worn by the Doc­tors and a Dalek, the Doc­tor’s arch en­emy. The BBC’s Direc­tor Gen­eral Lord Hall will join for­mer Doc­tors’ as­sis­tants, pro­gram writ­ers and mem­bers of the pro­duc­tion team at the palace next week. The se­ries cel­e­brates its 50th birth­day later this month with a TV drama about the early days of the show called An Ad­ven­ture In Space And Time, fol­lowed by an an­niver­sary episode on November 23 called The Day of the Doc­tor with the cur­rent Doc­tor, Matt Smith, as well as his pre­de­ces­sor David Ten­nant. Smith’s stint as the Time Lord ends this year when he will be re­placed by Peter Ca­paldi, best known for his role as the spin doc­tor Mal­colm Tucker in the BBC se­ries The Thick of It. Doc­tor Who holds the Guin­ness World Record for the long­est run­ning science fic­tion se­ries in the world. It be­gan on 23 November 1963, star­ring Wil­liam Hart­nell as the Doc­tor and there have been 11 Doc­tors to date.

The Day of the Doc­tor: Sun­day, November 26, 6.30am and 7.30pm, ABC1; Tues­day to Sun­day, var­i­ous times, UKTV

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