Doctor Who at 50: BFI announces Christopher Eccleston guests can exclusively reveal the guest panel for the next BFI screening


It’s now just under two weeks away, but is pleased to announce the four guests who’ll be attending the screening of Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways – the story chosen by the British Film Institute to celebrate the ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston.


You weren’t really expecting to see on stage the reunion of Eccleston and Billie Piper, were you..? No, me neither. Perhaps you were holding out for Russell T Davies..? Maybe next time!

Our friends at the BFI have just confirmed the guests as:

Phil Collinson, the very capable producer who steered Doctor Who through more than 50 episodes from its return in 2005 until 2008, before he went on to head Coronation Street.

Bruno Langley, who played Adam, the companion who never quite made the grade in two earlier 2005 episodes. Langley is more famous for playing Todd Grimshaw, the first proper gay character in Coronation Street, a role to which he’s returning this autumn.

Joe Ahearne, the director of this superb finale, who also helmed Father’s Day, Boom Town and the episode known simply as Dalek, all in the 2005 season. Sadly he hasn’t directed for the programme since. According to, Ahearne was born on 23 November 1963 – a hugely significant date for Doctor Who fans.

Dave Houghton, who oversaw not only the fabulous effects on this story, but also served as visual effects supervisor on more than 60 episodes between 2005 and 2010.

Eccleston’s swansong, the two-part season finale, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways will be screened at the BFI in London on Saturday 24 August at 2pm. (NB: The event is sold out but returns are possible.)


Read about Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways