Dalek Surprises British Airways Customers at London Heathrow Airport to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who.
British Airways passengers at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 got an unexpected surprise when they encountered a special guest: a Dalek! The fearsome foe from Doctor Who made an appearance, both in the Arrivals hall and Departures area. Confused customers spotted the iconic villain checking in for a flight to Skaro. It’s a destination not normally on British Airways’ route network.
This surprise visit by the Dalek was part of the new partnership between British Airways and BBC Studios in honor of Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary. To celebrate, British Airways is launching a dedicated Doctor Who inflight entertainment channel. It will be available to all passengers on long-haul flights starting November 1. The channel will feature 13 acclaimed episodes from the long-running science fiction series. It’s a treat for Doctor Who fans throughout their journey.
Calum Laming, British Airways’ Chief Customer Officer, said: “We are really excited to be partnering with the BBC’s Doctor Who to create a dedicated channel on our inflight entertainment system, another fantastic British Original partnership that we know our customers will love. This year alone, we have doubled the amount of content available on our in-flight entertainment, and we are committed to continue to bring the best, out of this world, entertainment to the skies.”
Sarah Bold, Head of Marketing, Scripted at BBC Studios, said: “Doctor Who has been inspiring and entertaining audiences globally for an incredible 60 years, and we couldn’t miss this opportunity to bring two iconic British brands together in style to celebrate. Travelers and subscribers will enjoy a curated collection of content, and the tie-in will reach millions throughout the partnership.”
British Airways IFE Brings Doctor Who Channel Onboard
British Airways now offers an exciting new inflight entertainment channel to celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary. Passengers can enjoy 13 episodes from series 1-13. The airline offers a selection of over 80 box sets, including the popular show And Just Like That Season 2. Additionally, British Airways provides access to more than 15 classic franchises like Back to the Future and The Matrix. For those who prefer audio content, there are over 700 pieces to choose from. Selections include BBC Proms 2023 Classics and the UK true-crime podcast They Walk Among Us. In November, passengers can look forward to new release movies. They include Scrapper, a British Comedy/Drama, The Haunted Mansion, and Meg 2: The Trench.
New Doctor Who in British Airways’ Latest Safety Video
Doctor Who returns on November 25th on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and Disney+ for the rest of the world. There will be three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary.
The Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, will take control of the TARDIS. His first episode will air over the festive period in 2023. Ncuti Gatwa also features in British Airways’ latest safety video.