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article imageDoctor Who Live returns for 50th anniversary, to BBC Three

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 10, 2013 in Entertainment
“Doctor Who Live” is to return to television for a new edition, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” it has been confirmed.
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty will air on BBC Three later this month, scheduled to be broadcast immediately after the BBC One broadcast of The Day of the Doctor, the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary feature starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt.
The Day of the Doctor is a 75-minute film written by series showrunner Steven Moffat, and is scheduled to be shown in the UK from 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, 23 November 2013. It will also be broadcast on that day on TV and in cinemas in at least 75 other countries.
In the UK, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty will follow on BBC Three, immediately after The Day of the Doctor, commencing at 9:05 p.m.
The first-ever such programme, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor was broadcast on BBC One on Sunday, 4 August; on that occasion, to unveil the identity of the actor chosen to play the Twelfth Doctor — Peter Capaldi.
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (Saturday  23 November 2013)
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (Saturday, 23 November 2013)
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According to Digital Spy, the new instalment is “expected to follow a similar format” to that edition, which included a live audience, pre-recorded interviews with many of the cast from Doctor Who’s long history and guests live in the studio.
For seven years, BBC Three was home to Doctor Who Confidential (DWC ), the behind-the-scenes making-of documentary series that accompanied almost every episode of Doctor Who, the parent show of which the channel regularly shows repeats.
Doctor Who Confidential
Doctor Who Confidential
Fans of DWC, which was cancelled in 2011, had hoped that it would return for the anniversary. However, @SaveDWC conceded on Friday, “Doctor Who Live: The After Party will replace Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three. You'll have to buy the DVD for behind the lens stuff.”
The BBC has already announced a whole raft of Doctor Who-related programming for television and radio, due over the coming weeks. Other highlights include: Mark Gatiss's An Adventure in Space and Time, which tells the story of the creation and early years of what’s become the world’s longest-running science-fiction drama series; and a Royal Society lecture, The Science of Doctor Who, given by Professor Brian Cox.
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