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A Night with the Stars (TV story)

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A Night with the Stars
A Night with the Stars
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Featuring: Brian Cox
Main setting: The TARDIS
Key crew
Writer: Steve Thompson
Director: Ashley Way
Producer: Andrew Cohen, Milla Hansley-Harrison
Release details
Season/series: 2013 specials
Premiere broadcast: 14 November 2013
Premiere network: BBC Two
Part of: The Science of Doctor Who
Format: 1x5 minute minisode
Memorable moment
Brian Cox tests the Doctor - The Science of Doctor Who Preview - BBC Two01:10

Brian Cox tests the Doctor - The Science of Doctor Who Preview - BBC Two


A Night with the Stars was a minisode broadcast with the 2013 documentary The Science of Doctor Who. It was named sometime after. It was released on DVD with it's parent documentary as "A Night with the Stars: The Science of Doctor Who".

The story begins at the start of the documentary, and continues in brief one-minute segments throughout, bookmarking different concepts that Cox wishes to explore.

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With lecture notes in hand, Brian Cox enters the door to the make-up artist, into the TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor is expecting him. The Doctor's already seen the lecture he's about to do, and thought it great. He gives Brian a gift, which Brian says must be over 250 years old, but the Doctor picked it up last Saturday tea-time. The Doctor tries to dematerialise, but the time rotor explodes.

Later, the Doctor's under the TARDIS console trying to fix things, when Brian encounters a Silent on the TARDIS scanner. The Doctor explains who they are, and Brian wants to see more aliens. The Doctor asks if he's applying for the job of his assistant, and finally dematerialises.

In the Time Vortex, Brian fiddles with a switch, causing another explosion. When the Doctor orders him not to touch, Brian only agrees that the machine is complicated-"ish". "Bigger on the inside than the outside doesn't seem to be complicated to me." The Doctor explains that he uses a black hole to power it, which Brian says would rip the ship to bits. "Read some Einstein."

The TARDIS lands. The two have travelled together, and Brian says he wants to visit more alien worlds. The Doctor is firm, though, that he has a lecture to give. The Doctor hands him the gift from earlier. He explains why he chose to take Brian on a tour of the universe: there's one girl in his audience with sad eyes, who loves science, and after today, she stops being ordinary and grows up to be extraordinary, a woman who changes the world. He wants him to inspire her.

The Doctor drops Brian back off where he got him, and decides to go on "one more adventure before tea".

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  • It was released on DVD with the documentary in the 50th anniversary collector's edition box set. It was under the title "A Night with the Stars: The Science of Doctor Who".

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