Doctor Who At the BBC Volume 2
Doctor Who At the BBC Volume 2

Synopsis

Elisabeth Sladen presents another time-travelling journey through the history of Doctor Who on BBC radio and television

Our good friend the Doctor may continually jump from the past to the present and back to the future, but he’s never really gone away. Since 1963 he has had a massive influence on our popular culture – as this second volume of rare material indicates.

Doctor Who has long been a favourite source of inspiration, for comedy performances including The Mary Whitehouse Experience, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Dead Ringers. It has also provided an endless source of features for programmes such as Nationwide, Pebble Mill at One, Woman’s Hour and Talkback. All of these and more are featured here.

We hear from no less than seven of the first eight actors to play the Doctor on TV: Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann all talk about what it’s like to play the role, and the effect it has had on their lives. The Doctor’s companions are also well featured, with Elisabeth Sladen, Louise Jameson, Matthew Waterhouse and John Leeson popping up in interviews recorded during their time on the programme.

The issue of violence in Doctor Who is discussed by producer John Nathan-Turner, Kit Pedler and some very angry parents; director Paul Joyce takes us behind the scenes on the series; and there’s a plethora of news items about the Doctor’s many returns since 1989. So hold on to your hats – the latest journey starts here!

TRACK LISTINGS

CD 1 TRACK LISTING

Injury Time, BBC Radio 4, 27th July 1982
Featuring Jimmy Mulville
Blue Peter, BBC 1, 27th November 1967
Featuring Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves, John Noakes
Mary Whitehouse’s Best Experience So Far, BBC Radio 1, 6th October 1990
Featuring Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis
Talkbalk, BBC 1, 6th September 1967
Featuring David Coleman, Kit Pedler
Newsbeat, BBC Radio 1, March 1989
Featuring Jon Pertwee, Stuart Maisner
Newsbeat, BBC Radio 1, 14th May 1996
Featuring Terry Nation, Geoffrey Sax, Andrew Eaton
I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, BBC Radio 4, 4th December 1993
Featuring Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden
Newsbeat, Radio 1, 26th September 2003
Featuring Dominick Byrne, David Bickerstaff, Terry Malloy
Wavelength, BBC Radio 4, 20th September 1984
Featuring Patrick Troughton
BBC news, BBC Radio 4, circa 29th March 1987
Simon Bates, BBC radio, March 1992
Featuring Simon Bates, Jon Pertwee
Radio Lives, BBC Radio 4, 31st October 1996
Featuring Tenniel Evans, Peter Bryant, Ingeborg Pertwee, Daniel Pertwee
Wogan’s World, BBC Radio 4, 9th March 1975
Featuring Terry Wogan, Elisabeth Sladen
Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 26th January 1977
Featuring Sue MacGregor, Tom Baker
Nationwide, BBC 1, 26th October 1976
Featuring Bob Welling, Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
Pebble Mill at One, BBC 1 May 1977
Featuring Danny McLeod, Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
Playground, BBC Radio 1, 23rd October 1980
Featuring David Rider, Matthew Waterhouse
Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 28th December 1981
Featuring Tony Barnfield, John Leeson
Dead Ringers, BBC Radio 4,27th April 2001
Featuring Jon Culshaw, Tom Baker
Dead Ringers, BBC Radio 4, 13th July 2000
Featuring Jon Culshaw

CD 2 TRACK LISTING

The John Dunn Show, Radio 2, 5th September 1980
Featuring John Dunn, Tom Baker
Wogan’s World, BBC radio 4, 9th March 1975
Featuring Terry Wogan, Elisabeth Sladen
Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 26th January 1977
Featuring Sue MacGregor, Tom Baker
The Robbie Vincent Show, BBC Radio London, November 1983
Featuring Robbie Vincent, John Nathan-Turner
View from the Boundary, BBC Radio 4, 20th August 1994
Featuring Vic Marks, Peter Davison
Wavelength, BBC Radio 4, 20th September 1984
Featuring Andy Peebles, Colin Baker
‘Round Midnight, BBC Radio 2, 14th December 1988
Featuring Brian Mathew, Sylvester McCoy
Movies & Shakers, BBC Radio Scotland, 1 November 1996
Featuring Siobhan Synnot, Paul McGann
Today, BBC Radio 4, 27th September 2003
Featuring Sarah Montague, Jon Humphrys, John Lytle, Clayton Hickman
Nationwide, BBC 1, 13th May 1976
Featuring Michael Barratt
I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, BBC Radio 4, December 1987
Featuring Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden

Review

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Notes

  • Doctor Who at the BBC Volume 2 was the second release in a series of Doctor Who at the BBC releases featuring made-for-audio features/documentaries released by BBC Audi
  • It was in January 2004 (according to the sleeve notes of Doctor Who at the BBC Volume 2), that BBC Audio launched a plea via the pages of the BBC Cult website, Doctor Who Magazine, SFX, TV Zone and others, for anyone with recordings of Doctor Who radio and TV features between 1963 and the present day to get in touch. The Doctor Who at the BBC series is a collection of such items.

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