by Matthew Cobb
As Jerry has already indicated, today marks the 50th anniversary of the BBC TV science fiction programme, Doctor Who. Unlike Jerry, who has never seen a single episode, I am old enough to remember the First Doctor (played by the curmudgeonly William Hartnell, and the subject of a delightful drama the other night). The 50th anniversary programme will be broadcast around the world, including in cinemas in 3-D for those lucky enough to have tickets.
Less than 9 hours to go! My teen daughters are getting themselves ready by bingeing on old episodes. You can do the same by watching the original opening sequence, which absolutely scared the willies out of us back in the day. The theme was by Ron Grainer, but the amazing arrangement was by the genius pioneer of electronic music, the fabulous Delia Derbyshire:
Here’s a neat fan-made video that sums up the last 50 years and should whet your appetites:
To mark the anniversary, probably the top-ranking biology scientific journal, Cell, has a nice article about Doctor Who, which you can read for free here.
Meanwhile, the other week, my colleague, particle physicist and TV science populariser, Brian Cox, gave a lecture from the Royal Institution on The Science of Doctor Who, which was broadcast on BBC2. You can watch it in its entirety here (it’s mainly about physics):