The countdown begins and the event that Whovians around the world have been waiting for will air in just a few short weeks: the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary special. Not a lot has been revealed this episode but if looks like the BBC and Steven Moffat have decided to give a few crumbs to the Time Lord’s hungry fans.
The latest treat to be uncovered is the title and the poster for the episode:
While we have already known for some time that the ‘The Day of the Doctor’ will be in shown in 3D and feature Matt Smith (11th Doctor), David Tennant (10th Doctor) and John Hurt (which Doctor?), the BBC has also confirmed that the episode will be 75 minutes long uncut. The Anniversary special will be the pinnacle event of several media celebrations both on the radio and on television in Britain.
Of course if you are going to celebrate 50 years, you should focus on the very beginning and BBC has done just that with the 90 minute drama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ written by Mark Gatiss about how ‘Doctor Who’ was created and the difficulties the show encountered just to get on the air. The telefilm stars David Bradley (‘Harry Potter’ films’) as William Hartwell, Jessica Raine (‘The Woman in Black’) as Verity Lambert, Sacha Dhawan (‘After Earth’) as Waris Hussein and ‘Doctor Who’ alumi Carol Ann Ford, William Russell, Nicholas Briggs and Brian Cox. In addition, BBC Four will be airing the first four episodes that launched the series restored to their full glory! ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ will also air on BBC America but the date has not yet been announced. As for the first four episodes? No word yet from the network is these episodes will be shown in the US, but once we hear we’ll let you know.
Speaking of Brian Cox, the renown “it’s hip to be square” physicist Brian Cox be hosting a special on BBC One which will look into the scientific theories behind ‘Doctor Who’. Some of the topics that will be touched upon include does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy, can someone really travel in time, and how do you build a TARDIS? BBC America did air a similar special but for some reason, this one hosted by Cox sounds a lot more fun.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer of ‘Doctor Who’ commented, “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.”
Smith, says of the celebration: “The Day of the Doctor is nearly here! Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now.”
While the UK has numerous specials on both the small screen and radio to celebrate the show’s 50 years, Yanks across the pond are still waiting to hear any news of how the Time Lord’s anniversary will be celebrated. BBC America has indicated they will announce their schedule in the coming weeks. Once they do, we’ll let you know!
It’s getting closer, Whovians! So start stocking up on those jelly babies, jammy dodgers and fish fingers and custard as ‘The Day of the Doctor’ is coming soon!