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From standard press calls at Television Centre to a specially filmed teaser trailer, the ways in which each of Doctor Who’s new leading actors were introduced to the public have varied considerably since the 1960s.

PART ONE: The 1960s and 70s

Matt Smith is revealed as the series’ new star in Doctor Who Confidential: The Eleventh Doctor, broadcast on 3 January 2009.

Something unprecedented happened on 3 January 2009. For the first time, the BBC devoted half an hour of the Saturday peak-time television schedule to a programme conceived purely to introduce viewers to the new star of the corporation’s longest-running drama series. Broadcast on BBC One from 5.35pm that evening, Doctor Who Confidential: The Eleventh Doctor was also simulcast as part of the BBC’s Big Screens project on giant outdoor screens in city centres around the country, including Manchester, Hull, Leeds, Birmingham, Derby, Swindon, Liverpool, Norwich and Swansea.

Featuring contributions from the incumbant Doctor David Tennant, head writers Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat, BBC Fiction Controller Jane Tranter, BBC Wales Head of Drama Julie Gardner, actress Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) and executive producer Piers Wenger, the programme discussed the process of changing Doctor Who’s lead actor, the qualities that the programme-makers look for in casting the role, and the performances of each of the previous Doctors from William Hartnell to Christopher Eccleston.

Along the way, Moffat sprinkled tantalising clues to the identity of the new Doctor and revealed that a 26-year-old would be the youngest actor to be cast in the part. Finally, after 24 minutes, a largely unknown actor named Matt Smith suddenly appeared, all mad hair and expressive hands, responding to an obvious question.

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From scenes which didn't make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out... Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see! Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes: • An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017 • DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza • The Time Team returns - and they've regenerated! • Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan • A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public • Jamie Lenman's cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor's scarf • Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!