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article imageWatch Doctor Who for 12 hours this weekend

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 12, 2013 in Entertainment
UKTV Watch begins its “Doctor Who” 50th-anniversary celebrations this weekend, with the British television premiere of an acclaimed US documentary series, as well as a number of other documentaries and episodes of the sci-fi series.

In September, it was announced that Watch had acquired the rights to The Doctors Revisited, an 11-part BBC America series that has been airing in monthly installments in the US since January of this year. Each separate episode deals with a different incarnation of the Doctor — there have been 11 since the long-running science-fiction drama series began in 1963.
As with the US scheduling of the series, each episode of The Doctors Revisited will be followed by a story representing the Doctor in question.
Today’s first installment "The Doctors Revisited: the First Doctor," is followed by "The Aztecs," a story from 1964 that stars William Hartnell as the First Doctor.
Saturday’s Doctor Who line-up also features Doctor Who: the Companions, Doctor Who Explained and "Voyage of the Damned," the 2007 Christmas special, starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Kylie Minogue as Astrid Peth.
The UKTV Watch weekend continues on Sunday with part two of the US documentary – The Doctors Revisited: the Second Doctor – and is followed by "The Tomb of the Cybermen," a 1967 serial starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. Other programmes include Doctor Who at the Proms 2010.
For many years, "The Tomb of the Cybermen" did not exist in the BBC’s archives, it being a casualty of the corporation’s practice for erasing TV programmes previously transmitted, in order to free up storage space. Fortunately, in 1991, a copy was returned from Hong Kong where it had originally been sold to. The BBC has spent the last few decades trying to recover all those episodes it destroyed.
On Thursday, 10 October, a eagerly anticipated press conference was convened to announce that nine episodes starring Troughton had been returned to Britain from Nigeria; which brings the total of missing episodes down to 97. The episodes recovered were from the stories, "The Enemy of the World" and "The Web of Fear.
The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) is confronted by a Yeti  in Doctor Who: The Web of Fear (1968)
The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) is confronted by a Yeti, in Doctor Who: The Web of Fear (1968)
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According to Radio Times, the UKTV Watch Doctor Who weekends will continue throughout the rest of October and into November, culminating with The Doctors Revisited: the Eleventh Doctor on Saturday, 16 November.
Meanwhile, a whole raft of Doctor Who-themed programmes will be broadcast on BBC television and radio channels over the coming months. These will include the 50th-anniversary Doctor Who episode, The Day of the Doctor, which was filmed earlier this year. It stars Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt — all as different incarnations of the Doctor — as well as Jenna Colman (Clara Oswald), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart). The 75-minute feature will also see the return of the Daleks and the Zygons.
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