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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

  • Daveroper00

    October 11th, 2013 - 3:04pm

    I see John Hurt has River’s Sonic Screwdriver!

  • 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 astronaut of death

    October 5th, 2013 - 9:07pm

    we don’t know yet

    no plot has been revealed

  • dalek god

    October 5th, 2013 - 12:27pm

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

  • DangerGeezer

    October 5th, 2013 - 10:45am


  • 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.

  • Stomping

    October 4th, 2013 - 11:26pm

    Your under 30 yrs old an’t you. lol. I really wish some of the noob’s on here would watch the classic series.

  • Stomping

    October 4th, 2013 - 11:19pm

    Take it you’ve never seen the three Doctors(Omega), or the Five Doctors(Rasalon). They can have their time streams cross if the Timelords deem it. Or if they are pulled together. I still feel the 50th will be a Mawdryn Undead style episode, shame sarah and the brig, won’t be in it. Plus why didn’t SM want McCory or McGain in this? They still look young enough to play their Doctors. As a fan since 1973, I have issuses with the show since SM took over. I honestly think Sherlock means more to him. Stomping

  • 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.

  • The TARDIS

    October 3rd, 2013 - 4:56pm

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

  • 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!

  • dalek god

    October 1st, 2013 - 5:18pm

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


    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

    September 29th, 2013 - 9:21pm

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

  • the astronaut of death

    September 29th, 2013 - 10:16am

    well I don’t know about the cyberman in the 50th only the daleks and zygon have been the only one>s announced

    but the cyberman could very well be announced

    but they are in the xmas specie;

  • impossible girl, lol

    September 28th, 2013 - 11:38pm

    cant i meant

  • 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

  • dalek god

    September 28th, 2013 - 10:32pm

    So the cybermen are not in the 50th anniversary special it’s just the daleks and cybermen as well?

  • Anonymous

    September 28th, 2013 - 8:57pm

    well filming for the xmas special saw matt smith holding a cyberman head

  • dalek god

    September 28th, 2013 - 12:36pm

    are the cybermen really in the christmas special or the 50th anniversary episode which one are they in?

  • Anonymous

    September 28th, 2013 - 8:24am

    well they are suppose to be in the xmas special so

  • dalek god

    September 27th, 2013 - 10:42pm

    do you think the cybermen are in the 50th anniversary or not? what do you guys think are they in it?

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 26th, 2013 - 2:20pm

    I’m American, but I can’t afford to go to Comic Con, and while the poster, length title, etc. are nice, a trailer still would have been nicer. Still, you just have to take what you can in life, I guess.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 26th, 2013 - 2:17pm

    Yes, but we don’t know for sure. Besides, why would the Silence try to save the universe from the Doctor, by blowing it up? Seems more like something the GI would do at this point.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 26th, 2013 - 2:08pm

    It still would be great to see New Daleks vs New Cybermen before they change one of them again. Both have been seen to be more powerful than the previous design, even if one was unpopular enough to be shoved behind their predecessor’s. I’d like to see a more even fight, as Daleks shouldn’t be able to just slaughter Cybermen like humans, but Cybermen shouldn’t just tear down Daleks with ease. Both are highly powerful and extremely advanced, and are more than a match for eachother.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 26th, 2013 - 2:05pm

    It would be interesting, but I’m thinking IF they show it, they’ll just use the 2005-2010 TARDIS, or maybe if we’re very VERY lucky, the 1996 one.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 26th, 2013 - 2:04pm

    It’s just a theory. For all we know, it could be The Moment, his Sonic Screwdriver, or something else entirely.

  • the astronaut of death

    September 25th, 2013 - 7:24am

    I wonder if we will get to see a john hurt tardis.

  • pug dalek

    September 24th, 2013 - 11:44pm

    The doctors got it now too so the zygons may
    Need it to kill doctor and the humans and all

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