Five things to do or see this month

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Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor

The Clock by Christian Marclay
Tate Modern, London, until 20 January 2019
This 24-hour long installation is a montage of thousands of film and television images of clocks, edited together so they show the actual time. It is a journey through cinematic history as well as a functioning timepiece. It includes clips from westerns, sci-fi, thrillers, well-known and less well-known films. Free to view, for a few minutes or a few hours, this is worth catching at the Tate Modern. There will be time restrictions at busy times, as well as special 24-hour viewing events.

Doctor Who
BBC1 from 7 October
The first female Doctor begins her own series this month on BBC One. Now moved to a Sunday teatime slot, Jodie Whittaker’s 13th incarnation of the Doctor will be joined by new companions Graham, Ryan and Yasmin (played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill). Whittaker is known for Broadchurch and Attack the Block, and her sparky energy should be a welcome asset in her new role.

Santiago Sierra, Black Flag
Dundee Contemporary Arts until 25 November
This immersive photographic and sound installation documents the process and performance of planting the universal symbol of the anarchist movement, the black flag, at the two most extreme points on earth, the North and South Poles. Conceptual artist Sierra says of his purpose: “I travel a lot, but entering a country is like going to jail. Borders disgust me — as an idea and as a personal experience. This work denies all of that.”

Edit. 03: Homebird
The Lowry, Salford, until 14 October
Manchester DJ Paulette Constable, who started her career at legendary club the Haçienda’s monthly gay night Flesh, curates this immersive, maze installation featuring film, audio, archival materials and a bespoke playlist by Paulette. It will not only focus on her career in music, but also act as a call to arms for the continuing underrepresentation of women and other minorities in the music industry and historical texts, not least fellow Haçienda alumni like Denise Johnson and Happy Mondays singer Rowetta.

Piano & a Microphone 1983, by Prince
Out now on CD/vinyl/MP3
This 30 minute recording, probably the first of many posthumous releases, is taken from a cassette of a 25 year old Prince running through songs on the piano. Including versions of “Purple Rain”, “Mary Don’t You Weep” and “Strange Relationship,” it’s an opportunity to hear the artist at work behind the scenes.