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article imageThe Queen opens BBC's new HQ, doesn't ask about new Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 8, 2013 in Entertainment
Queen Elizabeth II resisted asking about the identity of the person playing the Twelfth Doctor when she opened the BBC's newly rebuilt Broadcasting House yesterday.
The British Sovereign was visiting the BBC's rebuilt Broadcasting House on Friday to conduct its official opening in central London.
During her tour of the building, the Queen was introduced to Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays the Doctor's companion, Clara Oswald, in the BBC's flagship science-fiction drama series.
Coleman, who was in front of the Doctor Who's iconic blue police box spoke to the sovereign for a few minutes. The 27-year-old actress told BBC News, "that it was 'such an honour' to meet Queen". Smith announced his decision to leave Doctor Who last weekend.
As to the identity of the person who will succeed Matt Smith later this year, Coleman said that the Queen "was the only person who did not try to quiz her about the identity of the next Doctor". Unlike almost everybody else in attendance. "Everybody else in the building has asked me who the next Doctor is, and I can tell you honestly we don't know. It's going to be a long, long search. But yes, I'm being asked that question a lot," she added.
A day at the BBC
Queen Elizabeth II's day began with a visit to the BBC Radio 1 studios, where she met a number of the station's DJs, including the recently appointed breakfast-show presenter, Nick Grimshaw.
This was followed by a visit to Live Lounge, where the 87-year-old British ceremonial head of state watched a live performance by The Script, whose lead singer, Danny O'Donoghue, is a judge on the BBC One show The Voice.
The Queen was then ushered down to the building's basement, where she spoke to a number of the corporation's news presenters, including one of BBC Radio 4's longstanding Today programme anchors, John Humphrys.
The Queen's consort, her husband Prince Philip, had been expected to join her at the opening, but was unable to do so as he is currently in hospital undergoing a series of medical tests.
The event culminated in the Queen being joined by the BBC Trust chairman, Lord Patten, as she unveiled an official plaque.
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