BBC Choice

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BBC Choice '35 Years of Doctor Who' onscreen ident

BBC Choice was the BBC's first exclusively digital channel, and was launched on 23 September 1998.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Doctor Who in November 1998, BBC Choice's "The Take" aired a week of "fan favourites" featuring one episode of each of the eight Doctors, plus all of Genesis of the Daleks and the documentary "30 Years in the TARDIS".

Sylvester McCoy hosted the "35 Years of Doctor Who" event, with special links and introductions filmed inside a 'new' TARDIS control room, plus interviews with fans recorded at that year's Panopticon convention. The first and longest segment started at 7pm, the others at 9pm:

BBC Scotland's feed screened Terror of the Zygons parts 1-3 only as additional content on 23, 24 and 25 November 1998. The same three episodes were subsequently repeated in Scotland only on 29-31 March 1999.

The 22 November schedule was repeated in full on 24 December 1998 at 7.30pm.

All six of the "35 Years of Doctor Who" segments were subsequently repeated on a daily basis from 25 to 30 July 1999, with Genesis of the Daleks also airing on its own at the same time, but weekly on Saturdays at 7.30pm, from 10 July to 14 August 1999.

BBC Choice promo trailer

BBC Choice Intros

BBC Choice McCoy and Aldred

Dino Nite trailer

15 October 1999: All six parts of Invasion of the Dinosaurs air (with the first three episodes - the first in black and white - at 9pm, with the final three at 11pm) as part of a "Dino Nite" special. The published listings stated that the episodes featured "previously unseen footage", which presumably means the slightly longer early edit of part 3 that the BBC held was used.

Dino Nite trailer

  • Invasion of the Dinosaurs was repeated, with parts 1 and 2 on 31 October 1999, and the other four parts Monday to Thursday, 1 to 4 November.

The channel closed on 8 February 2003. It was succeeded by BBC Three (which later became the home to repeats of New Series Doctor Who, Doctor Who Confidential, and Torchwood).