Ending speculation that Tom Baker is about to return to the role he became famous for in the 1970s, the BBC has released a 'Doctor Who'-themed trailer to promote 'Have I Got News For You'.
The trailer has been released ahead of the new season of Have I Got News For You (or HIGNFY, as it is also referred to), promoting the return of comedy panel quiz show has been made available to view online by the BBC.
The trailer, which has been airing on television to promote the imminent return of the popular long-running comedy panel-based quiz show, features the TARDIS – the Doctor’s police-box-shaped space–time machine from the BBC’s science-fiction drama series, Doctor Who – materialising in front of the British Houses of Parliament. Also present is a visibly aged Nick Robinson, the political editor of BBC News.
The date is shown as 2063 – fifty years from now. Ian Hislop and Paul Merton – the team captains from HIGNFY – emerge from the police box, both dressed in the Fourth Doctor’s trademark costume of floppy hat and long multi-coloured scarf. They proceed to read a newspaper, showing that nothing much has changed in the fifty years from now, except that Doctor Who is now celebrating its 100th anniversary!
Last month, there was fevered speculation that Baker was returning to Doctor Who – which he left over 30 years ago – after fans caught sight of what has now turned out to be the trailer for HIGNFY.
Last month, it was announced that David Mitchell (Peep Show) would be returning as a guest host for the new season, his ninth appearance to date. Once again, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are the team captains. In 2008, Baker himself was a guest presenter, in the third edition of season 36 of HIGNFY. Other guest presenters for the new set of episodes are expected to be announced shortly.
Have I Got News For You (or HIGNFY, as it is also referred to) is produced for the BBC by Hat Trick Productions. First broadcast in 1990, for the first ten years it went out in the UK on BBC Two, switching to BBC One in 2000. Season 46, which comprises 11 new installments, begins on BBC One on Friday, 4 October 2013, at 9 p.m.
There have also been a number of associated shows and Internet spin-offs, including: Have I Got Old News For You (repeats of earlier episodes), Have I Got a Bit More News For You (extended editions of new episodes), The Inevitable Internet Spin-off and Have I Got News for You, News … for You.
Repeats of earlier shows also regularly appear on the UKTV channels, Dave and Dave ja vu.