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First The Day of The Doctor Poster Image

First The Day of The Doctor Poster Image

Doctor Who 50th anniversary schedule revealed by BBC

The BBC has announced a raft of programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Doctor Who.

A 75-minute special episode called The Day Of The Doctor will star the soon-to-leave Matt Smith and David Tennant.

Smith said: “Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way.”





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 – known to millions for his role as Filch in the Harry Potter films – as William Hartnell, who played the first Doctor in 1963.

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.

For those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide will provide a handy primer.


Danny Cohen, BBC director of 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.”
Daleks The anniversary episode, which also stars Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper, sees the return of the Daleks

Smith has already started filming his final scenes as the Doctor, which are due to air in this year’s Christmas episode. His replacement, Scots actor Peter Capaldi, was announced in August.

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.”

CBBC will broadcast a show, 12 Again, bringing together stars to share their memories of Doctor Who.

They include the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, Tommy Knight, who played Luke Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures, Warwick Davis, who played Porridge in a Doctor Who episode and Louise Jameson, who was the fourth Doctor Tom Baker’s companion Leela.

Blue Peter is launching a competition giving viewers aged between six and 14 the opportunity to design a new gadget that will become part of the series and Matt Smith will appear on the Blue Peter sofa to answer viewers’ questions.

BBC Three audiences will be encouraged to get involved and vote in Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend.



  • the astronaut of death

    October 13th, 2013 - 9:02am

    a lot of people are saying it is river songs sonic he is holding

    but in the new images released in the new sfx magazine you can see a sonic poking out of john hurts jacket and it is definitely not rivers it looks much more classic

    • Ashley

      October 30th, 2013 - 11:39am

      I love doctor who it is my favrote tv show.

  • Daveroper00

    October 11th, 2013 - 3:04pm

    I see John Hurt has River’s Sonic Screwdriver!

  • DangerGeezer

    October 5th, 2013 - 10:45am


    • dalek god

      October 5th, 2013 - 12:27pm

      are the daleks, cybermen and the zygons joining forces in the 50th anniversary special episode?

    • the astronaut of death

      October 5th, 2013 - 9:07pm

      we don’t know yet

      no plot has been revealed

  • Stomping

    October 4th, 2013 - 11:01pm

    So, by the look of the poster, everything stems back to Rose opening the eye. Could SM be resetting the Who universe?(i.e before CE???). So DT, MS, never happened? Plus I still say that Jon Hurt is Omega.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      October 11th, 2013 - 2:08pm

      I doubt it, it would mean erasing a lot of his and RTD’s work. If people thought wiping the Daleks’ memories in Asylum of the Daleks was erasing history (Which it isn’t, because it still happened and the Doctor remembers it), then that would really show them screwing with Doctor Who’s history.

  • The TARDIS

    October 3rd, 2013 - 4:56pm

    All of the other programmes are wonderful… By what I’d really like to see is more actual episodes!

    • The TARDIS

      October 3rd, 2013 - 4:56pm

      Still looking forward to The Day of the Doctor, but only one? Could be more…

    • Stomping

      October 4th, 2013 - 11:30pm

      It would be nice to have a full season. 2-4-6 ep stories. same title, ep 1 -6 etc. I really hate this new format. Genesis of the Daleks was one of the best 6 parters of all time.


    September 30th, 2013 - 8:20pm

    My drama teacher was Louise Jameson who played leela! She’s so nice! Haha I might ask her if she had anything to do with the 50th 😉 Haha but even if she was she wouldn’t me able to tell me 🙁

    • dalek god

      October 1st, 2013 - 5:18pm

      So Are the daleks, cybermen and the zygons joining forces in the 50th anniversary episode?

  • impossible girl, lol

    September 28th, 2013 - 11:37pm

    i cant wait to c David Tennant (love him BTW)
    he will be so brill in the 50 anniversary
    i ant wait it is like 8 weeks or something to the 50th anniversary

    • impossible girl, lol

      September 28th, 2013 - 11:38pm

      cant i meant

    • dalek god

      September 29th, 2013 - 9:21pm

      so the daleks, cybermen and the zygons are joining forces in the 50th anniversary episode?

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