The BBC's long running hit series Doctor Who will be releasing a 50th anniversary special this November to celebrate the success of the show, as well as its history. The show's head writer, Steven Moffat, has revealed that he is close to finishing the script for the much anticipated event and it will include all eleven Doctors that the show has had since the beginning in 1963. While the first three doctors (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee) have passed away, all other doctors will be present in the special.
Fans are excited to see the return of actor David Tennant in particular, who played the previous doctor, the tenth doctor, from 2005 - 2010. Tennant's time as the doctor increased the show's popularity. Although he says he has yet to be asked, he gave the interviewer who asked him about it a knowing wink, making fans believe he will be returning.
Christopher Eccelston, the ninth doctor, has not yet decided if he will return to the role. Although he mentioned turning it down, he has also expressed interest in reprising the role because he "still had more to do with the character." Other characters who definitely will not be returning include Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).
Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi show on television. The show follows The Doctor, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who flies around in his time machine, called The TARDIS (time and relative dimension in space) with his many human companions. Together they encounter many foes in different time periods as well as other planets.
The show began in 1963 with actor William Hartnell as The Doctor. As Hartnell began to age and his health began to fail him, the writers of the show came up with the concept of regeneration; instead of dying, The Doctor simply changed into an entirely different person, therefore letting another actor take Hartnell's place. The show ran until 1989 with seven different doctors total. In 1996, a television movie was made with an eighth doctor (Paul McGann) in an attempt to bring back the show. The show was not successfully brought back until 2005 with the ninth doctor (Christopher Eccelston.)
The show's 50th anniversary will also be marked with a documentary that will discuss the show in its earlier years.