According to Doctor Who TV, the name of the special episode will be called “The Day of the Doctor.” Along with the announcement from BBC a poster was revealed to show Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt as well as some interesting things like Bad Wolf and a blown up Dalek.
The episode will be 75 minutes long and will be broadcast worldwide simultaneously so no matter where you are in the world, everyone will get a glimpse of special anniversary episode in real time. This should make everyone happy, especially as there won’t be any spoilers.
According to Danny Cohen, Director BBC Television said: “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.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer on Doctor Who said: “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.”
There will also be some specials that may or may not show up on BBC America. Here is a listing of what we can cross our fingers for:
Other highlights include a BBC Two lecture by Professor Brian Cox on the science behind the hit show and the drama An Adventure In Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss.
The one-off programme stars David Bradley, of the Harry Potter films, as William Hartnell – who was the first Doctor in 1963. (actually this will play in America)
BBC Four will introduce new audiences to Hartnell, with a re-run of the first ever story. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.
BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show is to present Me, You and Doctor Who, with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama.
A 90-minute documentary on BBC Radio 2 will ask “Who Is The Doctor?” – using newly-recorded interviews and exclusive archive material to find an answer – while BBC Three will be home to several commissions.
The anniversary episode sees the return of the Daleks For those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide will provide a handy primer.
As you can see BBC and BBC America is ready to roll out the Tardis blue carpet for what will be fantastic 50th anniversary specials. Let’s hope some those specials trickle over our way as well.
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