From November 1, Doctor Who fans can go on a magical history tor through time and space – by entering The Whoniverse.
More than 800 episodes of the classic series, which celebrates its 60th birthday this month, are all coming to this newly curated Doctor Who area on BBC iPlayer – complete with subtitles and audio description.
There will also be new, original content – beginning with Tales of the TARDIS. The six-part series will reunite beloved classic Doctor Who duos – including Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred – for a nostalgic journey in a specially created Tardis, to relive their adventures together.
Fans can also delve into a brilliantly curated and incredibly extensive new Doctor Who archive. Davies told The Big Issue: “Tens of thousands of pieces of paperwork from the offices of Doctor Who are being made available – and all the behind-the-scenes stuff that used to be DVD extras. It is astonishing. A phenomenal piece of work. You will get lost in there for days and days and days.”
And for those who don’t have the time and space in their diaries to watch all the archive episodes in The Whoniverse, Russell T Davies has chosen three classic episodes for fans old and new to dive into – especially for Big Issue readers…
Spearhead From Space (1970)
“This is Jon Pertwee’s first episode and is the first time Doctor Who went into colour. It features the Autons, which were shop window mannequins that come to life, and which were so brilliant and scary and unbeatable as a monster that they are the enemies I used when I brought Doctor Who back in 2005. Because there was simply no better enemy – so to see that original story is fantastic. It also shows you how the programme reboots itself every so often. The Doctor landing on Earth, staying on Earth and living on Earth and meeting new friends.”