Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Title and Other Plans Revealed


This week, BBC News posted – and promptly deleted – a news article including the title and length of the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, along with a list of other Who-related programmes to be broadcast later this year. Though the original piece has disappeared, the text has been preserved and reposted by Doctor Who TV, where it’s still available to read. At 75 minutes long, this year’s anniversary special is set to be called “The Day of the Doctor“, and will see the Daleks return to our screens. You can view the poster for the episode below.

Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor 50th Anniverary quad poster

PANews+BT_N0092651373449679067A_I1Other television programmes scheduled to coincide with the anniversary include a BBC2 lecture by Professor Brian Cox on the science behind Doctor Who, and An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss‘ drama about the making of the first episode, starring David Bradley as the late William Hartnell. Elsewhere, BBC4 will be showing a rerun of the first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child (a story in four episodes), while life-long Who fan Matthew Sweet will present a Culture Show special titled You, Me and Doctor Who. BBC3 will also be joining the celebrations with a range of commissions. On the radio, Radio 2 will run a 90-minute documentary called Who is the Doctor?, which will combine archive material and newly-recorded interviews to answer its title question.

Said showrunner Steven Moffat, “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.” Danny Cohen, BBC Television Director, also described the show’s “astonishing achievement” in surviving for 50 years, and thanked “every person – on both sides of the camera – who has been involved with its creative journey over so many years.”

Unearthly Child 13Yet in the midst of all this praise and publicity for the show, it seems some earlier incarnations of the Doctor aren’t happy with the lack of attention to the classic Doctor Who years and the over-heavy focus on the more recent reboot. Reports have been made of a protest by classic Doctors Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker outside the BBC‘s old London Television Centre. The actors were spotted with signs reading “No Classics? No 50th!” and “Have a heart, Classic Doctors want a part!”

It’s unclear whether this was a protest in earnest, or simply a clever publicity stunt designed to generate more attention for the anniversary. Some have even speculated that it may have been recorded as a special clip or DVD extra. Only time will tell.



Sources: Doctor Who TV | The Mary Sue

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