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Regenerating the Doctor: Celebrating 15 years of the Revived Doctor Who

Fri 13 March @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Doctor Who has long reigned supreme as one of the nation’s favourite TV programmes, amassing a whole new generation of avid fans and followers following its relaunch in 2005. The show not only draws in leading novelists to support script-writing but has inspired a wealth of print and audio adventures.

To celebrate the series, London Book & Screen Week welcomes actress Sophie Aldred, best known as the seventh Doctor Who companion, Ace, who beat up a Dalek with a baseball bat, writer Vinay Patel, who wrote the episode Demons of the Punjab, widely seen as one of the highlights of series 11, and Simon Guerrier, who has written Doctor Who stories for BBC Books, Big Finish Productions, Doctor Who Magazine and the Doctor Who Figurine Collection.

Chaired by award-winning journalist and broadcaster and Doctor Who Magazine editorial review board member, Samira Ahmed, the panel will discuss what they’ve loved about the relaunched series, explore the secret to the show’s success across all formats, and see what lies in store for the lucky number 13. The panel will also pay tribute to the great Terrance Dicks, the show’s script editor from 1968 to 1974, and who adapted more than 50 of the television stories into bestselling novelisations.

Ticket includes a complimentary drink.

Sophie Aldred has been working as a professional actress, singer and director for the last 35 years in theatre, TV, film and audio. She is best known as companion to the Seventh Doctor Who, Ace, who beat up a Dalek with a baseball bat. She has presented a huge variety of programmes on TV and radio, and provides many voices for animations including Tree Fu Tom, Bananas in Pyjamas, Peter Rabbit and Dennis the Menace. Sophie lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two sons.

Vinay Patel’s debut play, True Brits, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, before transferring to the Bush Theatre and Vault Festival. His latest play, An Adventure, ran at the Bush Theatre in late 2018. His first piece for television, Murdered By My Father, won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for three BAFTAs, winning for Best Actor. Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work.

He has since written for Paines Plough, ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant. Most recently, Vinay wrote for series 11 of Doctor Who and is working on further projects for TV, theatre, radio and film.

Simon Guerrier writes Doctor Who things for BBC Books, Big Finish Productions, Doctor Who Magazine and the Doctor Who Figurine Collection. He’s also writes regularly for the Lancet Psychiatry, has written books on science and space travel, and (with his brother Thomas) produced a range of short films and documentaries – most recently Victorian Queens of Ancient Egypt for BBC Radio 3. Simon has been a guest on The Infinite Monkey Cage and Front Row for Radio 4 and has had a dozen plays broadcast on Radio 4 Extra. He’s currently in development on projects for TV.

Samira Ahmed is an award winning journalist and broadcaster who presents Front Row on Radio 4, Newswatch on BBC1 and the Intelligence Squared podcast How I Found My Voice. She specialises in the intersection of politics, culture, science and social change. Her documentaries including HG Wells and the H Bomb and I Dressed Ziggy Stardust. Her forthcoming 3 part BBC4 series, The Art of Being Persian, is the first major Western documentary series to be filmed in Iran for 40 years. Her favourite doctor is Peter Davison and her favourite companion is Tegan. Samira is also an editorial review board member for Doctor Who Magazine.

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Fri 13 March
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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London Book & Screen Week
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