Doctor Who screening set for writer’s hometown
Around 500 tickets have been snapped up for a special South East Today screening of the first Doctor Who episode "An Unearthly Child".
The regional TV programme is holding the event in the Kent coastal town of Herne Bay - where the drama's first scriptwriter Anthony Coburn lived and worked - in late November to mark the drama's 50th anniversary.
Coburn, who died in 1977, was born in Australia but his widow and daughter still live in Herne Bay.
Coincidentally, South East Today producer Stuart Maisner, who is helping to arrange the screening, was inspired to become a journalist at the age of six because of the Doctor's then companion, reporter Sarah Jane Smith, played by the late actress Elisabeth Sladen.
"I have been a Doctor Who fan since I was tiny and my first childhood memory of anything was when Jon Pertwee joined in 1970," he said.
About 19 years later, he conducted his first BBC interview with Pertwee while working at Radio 1's Newsbeat, and watched Sylvester McCoy's last recordings from the second floor observation gallery at Television Centre.
"I've also named my first child Jamie after Frazer Hines' companion and we once had a three-legged rabbit called Turlough - another former companion."
Before the original series was axed by the BBC in 1989, Doctor Who filmed in Kent and Sussex on 25 occasions, and the show's actors have spoken about their memories to South East Today for the 50th anniversary.
Daleks, Cybermen and a Tardis replica will also pop up at the fully-booked event in Herne Bay alongside a panel of celebrity Doctor Who guests.