Doctor Who star Matt Smith celebrated the TV show’s 50th anniversary in style by hosting a special BBC Proms concert in London on Saturday (13Jul13).
Smith, the most recent Time Lord, was joined by his co-star Jenna Coleman, who plays his sidekick Clara, at the Royal Albert Hall to mark five decades of the hit sci-fi drama.
He told the audience, “One of the great joys of playing this extraordinary, legendary Time Lord is the support and knowledge and love and brilliance of the fans – you really make the show what it is.”
The duo introduced conductor Ben Foster, who led the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir through a series of Doctor Who classic tracks as legendary villains – including Daleks, Whispermen and a Weeping Angel – terrified the audience.
Actor Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor, and Carole Ann Ford, who played the first companion Susan in 1963, also appeared at the event to introduce some of the musical segments.
The concert was the first of two special Doctor Who Proms – the second took place on Sunday (14Jul13) – which will be broadcast as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations in November (13).
Smith announced his decision to bow out as the 11th Doctor Who in June (13) and will leave the programme at the end of the year (13).