Back in 1942, Roy Plomley had a simple idea to structure a musical themed interview for a show on the BBC Forces Programme. Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Actually the recordings don’t have to be music but the format served Plomley well. He would go on to present Desert Island Discs for 43 years and three other presenters would carry the torch into the future. The BBC have made a shed load of episodes available online. It’s
And I mention this because inevitably some of these interviews touch on the worlds of Doctor Who. That starts with the first, the original, William Hartnell.
No Patrick Troughton unfortunately but movie Doctor Peter Cushing did one. Regrettably it is not currently available but maybe that will change in the future.
There is a similar place holder for their Pertwee interview.
We enter barren ground on the next handful of Doctors, no Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy. Paul McGann and no Richard E Grant. Somebody should do something about that.
However, we have War Doctor John Hurt coming to the rescue.
No Christopher Eccleston, but that David Tennant is a talkative fellow.
And the most recent addition is:
Matt has fed the gossip columns with his spot on the Island.
So far there is no Peter Capaldi but they did get Nardol, who ended up as a space castaway.
If you fish through the archive you may find other Doctor Who related interviews or just great stuff generally.