Jenna-Louise Coleman, Catherine Tate, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace (November 18, 2013)
Buckingham Palace has had its share of intruder alerts over the years, but never has royal security been threatened by anything as formidable as a Dalek – until today.
Thankfully, no fewer than four Doctor Whos materialised to prevent the Queen being exterminated as they attended a reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BBC series.
Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Matt Smith and John Hurt – who plays a previously unknown “dark” incarnation of the Time Lord in this weekend’s anniversary edition – were among the guests invited to the Palace by the Countess of Wessex.
The Countess told the four Doctors that she was a fan of the series as a child, watching it with her brother, David, though she insisted she was “braver than him”.
Tom Baker, 79, who played the Doctor from 1974 to 1981, said: “She told me I was her favourite Doctor, which is very thrilling and very flattering and I will probably never recover.”