As the 50th anniversary gets ever nearer (November 23rd), the excitement is mounting. There are only a few updates, but they are key. Also, the ‘old’ Doctors are apparently meeting up. Is this related to the Big Finish ‘Light at the End’ special or something more?
And the 11th Doctor may have cut his hair, but the moment has been prepared for.
The BBC has finally confirmed the title of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special – and what else could it be than The Day Of The Doctor?
Revealed as part of a general 50th anniversary announcement, the 75-minute long special is just one part of what’s coming. As Matt Smith says:
Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way.
Alongside the special, we’ve also got the following to look forward to:
- An Adventure in Space and Time by Mark Gatiss and starring David Bradley as William Hartnell.
- A BBC Two lecture by Professor Brian Cox discussing the pseudo-science behind Doctor Who.
- BBC Four is running a restored version of An Unearthly Child and the rest of the 100,000 BC serial that kicked off the show back in 1963.
- BBC Two’s The Culture Show is to screen Me, You and Doctor Who, hosted by lifelong fan Matthew Sweet.
- A 90-minute documentary on BBC Radio 2 asks Who Is The Doctor?
- BBC Three will be home to several commissions, including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide.
Says Danny Cohen, the Director BBC Television:
It’s an astonishing achievement for a drama to reach its 50th anniversary.
I’d like to thank every person – on both sides of the camera – who has been involved with its creative journey over so many years.
Meanwhile, the man in charge has this to say:
50 years has turned Doctor Who from a television show into a cultural landmark. Personally I can’t wait to see what it becomes after a hundred.
Who could argue with that?
And below are these images from DrWhoOnline showing Doctors 5 and 6 (Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy) as well as sheered Matt Smith in a wig filming the Christmas special. It appears that they have discarded picketing signs protesting the lack of classic Doctors in the 50th anniversary celebrations (it has been remarked several times that none of the surviving actors from Tom Baker to Paul McGann have been asked to appear).
Matt had cut all of his floppy locks in order to film Ryan Gosling’s How to Catch a Monster leading many to wonder what the quoiffed Doc would look like this winter. Seen here with co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman, he appears to look just like the Doctor we know and love (or is it a Zygon?