Sophie, Countess of Wessex, met Doctor Who stars past and present on Monday afternoon as the show was honoured at Buckingham Palace to mark its 50th anniversary.
The Countess, a self-confessed Time Lord fan, met four Doctors including Tom Baker, Peter Davison, John Hurt and the present Doctor Matt Smith as she hosted the reception at the London Palace.
Matt Smith, who will leave the show later this year, revealed that he was “really thrilled” to have been invited by the royal and admitted he may one day return to the hit BBC series. “Who knows, in another 50 years,” he said. “If they let me come back, I will.”Sophie, who will travel to Hong Kong later this month, looked thrilled as she spent time talking to the Doctors. Dressed in a regal scarlet dress, the Countess chatted to guests including former side-kicks Catherine Tate and Jenna-Louise Coleman.
During the reception, the mother-of-two also got to meet some of the shows most famous figures including the Daleks, the Doctor’s pet, K-9, and she even got to pose with the Tardis.
Earlier this year, Sophie’s brother-in-law Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Doctor Who studios at Roath Lock, Cardiff, on their summer tour of Wales.
During the visit, Charles had wife Camilla and cast members in fits of laughter as he impersonated a Dalek.
Speaking after the visit, Steven Moffat, the show’s head writer, revealed he would love the Prince of Wales to guest star in the family show.
“Prince Charles’s attempts at being a Dalek was great,” he told BBC News. “There would be a part in the show for him if he wanted it.”
Doctor Who has often featured and referenced Buckingham Palace, with the Doctor revealing he had been given approval by The Queen to park the Tardis in the Palace’s grounds in the episode Planet of the Dead.