The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who is coming in November and fans could bot be more excited. Of course details are scarce, but we do know that three Doctors will be starring (David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt) and that the Zygons will be featured in their first appearance on screen since 1976!
We’ve released the first official photos of the Daleks back in action and we only have to wait until November for their return!
That’s because the BBC has announced that the Doctor’s most famous foes, the Daleks, will return to Doctor Who in the show’s fiftieth anniversary special. We’ll bring you more news about the adventure as it emerges, but for now, here’s the latest press release in full:
MATT SMITH, DAVID TENNANT AND JOHN HURT TO FACE OFF AGAINST DALEKS IN 50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
The Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt will battle the deadly Daleks, the BBC announces today, in the show’s 50th anniversary special.
Returning to BBC One on 23 November the highly anticipated adventure will star: Matt Smith; Jenna Coleman; David Tennant; Billie Piper; John Hurt and Joanna Page. In a surprise twist in the recent series finale it was revealed John Hurt would be playing a Doctor, alongside Smith and Tennant.
The Daleks are the second monster to be announced for the 50th and will join the shape shifting Zygons, which have only appeared in the show once before in 1975. The Daleks were one of the first monsters to terrify audiences in 1963, 50 years ago, cementing their place in British popular culture.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said:
“The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.”
The 50th anniversary episode was shot earlier this year at BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and across South Wales. Filming also took place in iconic London locations the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square for a huge stunt, which saw Matt Smith dangling from a TARDIS alongside Nelson’s Column.
However, the big news is that another monster has been announced, referred to specifically as ‘The Time War Daleks.’ It’s great that the Daleks will be involved at all, but the notation of the Time War is sure to get many a devoted Whovian all a-quiver. The Time War was a storytelling device used in the revived 2005 series that added a layer of tragedy and grief to the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston. Details slowly trickled out, but over the years it became evident that it involved the Daleks and the Time Lords of Gallifrey and that the fall out of the conflict was felt on numerous species that the Doctor later encountered, fracturing cultures, destroying planets, and in short resetting the universe the Doctor Who was set in.
Since it was first mentioned, fans have wanted to see events from the Time War on screen, but head writer Steven Moffat has discounted such desires as unnecessary.
2008 Round Table with Steven Moffat (check at the 8:04 mark)
Well…. maybe he has changed his mind on that subject and is delving into the most iconic and mysterious moment of the modern revived Doctor Who series. The introduction of the ‘nameless’ Doctor played by John Hurt hints at this and the announcement that the Daleks are from the Time War could very well cement the fact that this story will finally be resolved.
Could the ‘John Hurt Doctor’ be a war criminal responsible for atrocities of the Time War? Will that be addressed?
How will these Daleks be different from the ones we have seen more recently? Despite my issues with it, I did thoroughly enjoy the insidious and cunning Daleks of Doomsday. It would be nice to see that kind of Dalek return.
In any case, we have lots to look forward to in November.
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Teaser