Frequently Asked Questions
Here you'll find answers to the most popular Doctor Who questions...
All such queries should be made through the conventional channels. Your agent or Equity should be able to advise you on the best way to make an initial approach if appropriate.
If requesting a non-speaking part as an extra, I’m afraid we’re unable to help. We receive thousands of requests along these lines every year and it’s a practical impossibility to allow everyone who wants to be in Doctor Who to appear in the show.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of emails received of this nature, we are unable to provide any special requests.
The BBC can only work with its own charities, namely BBC Children in Need and the Comic / Sports Relief charities. Whilst we appreciate fundraising for any worthy cause, we are not able to donate items for auction.
We cannot supply any props featured in the show. Many of the props and costumes can be viewed at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.
Whilst we take great pleasure in knowing that fans are inspired to create their own stories, Doctor Who does not accept storyline ideas for the programme. Only the regular team of writers and script editors work on the storylines.
You are welcome to write Doctor Who fiction for your own enjoyment, but we should remind you that it is not permitted for you to publish this work either in print or online.
If you want to put on a performance of an old Doctor Who episode or something you’ve written yourself, you’ll need to get permission from the BBC in advance, although we don’t generally encourage this.
If it’s an old episode, permission from the writer (and necessary payments) also needs to be pre-agreed. Please contact us via the Contact the BBC website for further information.
If you’re a teacher, we love the idea that your school might want to include Doctor Who in a school play. Using the Doctor and the TARDIS is absolutely fine and we’d like to encourage children to use their imaginations with their own story ideas and characters by creating new friends to help the Doctor and new monsters for him to battle.
We receive many requests to help with school projects and unfortunately we are not able to help out with specific cases. From time to time we do run projects in conjunction with schools and details of these will be available on the website.
Please visit the Contact the BBC website for more information and any further queries should be made there.
We’re expecting groups of friends to gather together to watch the anniversary episode on the night itself. There are certain things to consider here, in relation to licensing and charging. Unless you’re hiring a specific venue (a pub room or church hall) such a gathering should involve no charge to the public so screenings should be free. Any cost involved should only cover the hire of small venues or refreshments.
There is of course a difference between a private gathering and something which would reasonably be deemed commercial. We wouldn’t normally expect something non-commercial to exceed more than about 50 people.
If you’re a commercial venue (ie – a cinema) and planning on holding a larger screening, you’ll need to contact BBC Worldwide.
The above notes refer to a screening of the anniversary episode itself. If you’re planning on an event also featuring screenings of older episodes please contact BBC Worldwide.