Doctor Who given royal seal of approval

Countess of Wessex is to host 18 November reception for past and present cast and crew at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary, can reveal


Doctor Who will be given a royal seal of approval just days before its 50th birthday when the Countess of Wessex hosts a party at Buckingham Palace.


The Royal will throw the party on 18 November, just five days before the 50th anniversary on 23 November.

The Palace has not confirmed who will be invited, but cast and crew members past and present are expected, a BBC source confirmed to

It is considered likely that the Countess has been chosen to host the event due to her fondness for the show. However, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are also understood to be partial to the drama. When the couple went on set at the BBC’s Roath Lock studios in July The Prince of Wales was offered a role on the show after impressing the show’s writer with his Dalek voice.

Charles uttered the Daleks’ famous “exterminate” catchphrase into a voice modulator. Writer Steven Moffat said he thought he was “great”.

He said: “I haven’t thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family. But Prince Charles’s attempt at being a Dalek was great.

“There would be a part in the show for him if he wanted it.”