Tuesday, 27 August 2013


To coincide with Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, the BFI have spent the last year acknowledging each Doctor with their own public event. Evenings have been filled with screenings, panel discussions and retrospective presentations, with last night's event in London showcasing the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston.

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Attendees included director Joe Ahearne, producer Phil Collinson and actor Bruno Langley - all of whom contributed in their own way to the programme back in 2005.

Screenings of Eccleston's final two episodes Bad Wolf and Parting of the Ways were among the evening's main attractions, providing a suitably nostalgic view on the show's progress since it's revival.

Eccleston himself however, was unable to attend. To make up for his absence, he issued a personal statement that was read out by BFI host Justin Johnson.

"I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely - strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.

If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special. I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and - providing the Daleks don't bring theirs - I, the Ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it."

Even with it's actor absent, celebrations for the Ninth Doctor were in high spirits.

The next in line to be honoured of course, is David Tennant as the Tenth incarnation. With Tennant himself scheduled for attendance, the celebration seems to get bigger every time.

The event is planned for 29th September.

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