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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in 'Doctor Who' (Pic: BBC)
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in 'Doctor Who' (Pic: BBC)
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in ‘Doctor Who’ (Pic: BBC)

Thursday (March 26) was the proper 10th birthday of the reborn Doctor Who, and, to mark the occasion, the Doctor Who Experience played host to a very special guest indeed. The actual Doctor.

Warning: this clip contains many emotions:

• And the Doctor got his new friends to sing him a happy birthday:

• We had a bit of a think about the relaunch and Doctor Who’s continuing success.

Doctor Who‘s creatives—from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss to Russell T Davies and Chris Chibnall—tell Radio Times their favorite memories from the last 10 years.

• There were facts:

• Peter Capaldi explained what it felt like for a seasoned Whovian, the first time he saw “Rose”: • Speaking of Rose…

• BBC Wales said this:

• The Doctor Who team put together a greatest hits collection of the most shared moments from the last 10 years of the show:

• Cast and crew sent Doctor Who birthday cards to Radio Times:

• Millennium FX, the astonishingly talented special effects team who have made so many of the Doctor’s recent enemies (114, to be exact), put together their own 10-year tribute:

• And here’s how the Ninth Doctor’s TARDIS was constructed:

Here’s what else is going on in space and time this week:

• The most exciting news is that Maisie Williams—Arya Stark in Game of Thrones—will be making a special guest appearance in Season Nine of Doctor Who.

Maisie Williams in the TARDIS (Pic: BBC)
Maisie Williams in the TARDIS (Pic: BBC)

Details of her role are being kept under wraps, but she did say this:

“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”

• And there’s news of another casting coup too. Following on from Frank Skinner‘s appearance in “Mummy on the Orient Express,” another British comedian and actor has signed up to play a part. Step forward Rufus Hound.

Rufus Hound (Pic: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Rufus Hound (Pic: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

• And the titles for two of the new season’s stories have been revealed, both set in the past: “The Girl Who Died,” written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and “The Woman Who Lived” by Catherine Tregenna.

• This is rather sweet:

• 20 actors who’ve crossed the divide between Doctor Who and Star Wars.

• This deserves all the applause:

• Radio Times teases out the connection between Outlander and Doctor Who. (Clue: the lead character is a highland warrior called Jamie.)

• Speaking of Scotland…

• Let’s end this week’s roundup with something that is frankly incredible. John Smith, our old YouTube friend, as been at it again, with a trip through the last 10 years of Doctor Who that will definitely hit you in the feelings:


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By Fraser McAlpine