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 "Thirty 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 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).