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September 10th, 2013 93 comments

50th Anniversary Title “The Day Of The Doctor”

Doctor Who 50th anniversary schedule

Schedule Includes a raft of programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Doctor Who.

A 75-minute special 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, of the Harry Potter films, as William Hartnell – who was the first Doctor in 1963.

Restored episodes

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.

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


  • Trenzalore

    September 11th, 2013 - 8:52pm

    No the silence of the doctor sounds better

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    September 11th, 2013 - 8:51pm

    Or The Triumph of The Doctor.

  • 100000BC

    September 11th, 2013 - 8:39pm


  • 100000BC

    September 11th, 2013 - 8:38pm

    Agreed. I have both versions of episode 1, with the “Pilot” version on “The Hartnell Years” VHS.

  • 100000BC

    September 11th, 2013 - 8:35pm

    Even so, point still remains.

  • SD Luedtke

    September 11th, 2013 - 7:03pm

    I wish the Doctor would go back in time to see how his granddaughter Susan was doing in her timeline. I know it would have to be another actress but I think the story would be a good one….after all, the Doctor and his granddaughter, Susan, did travel for many shows. Thanks

  • The Mr Master

    September 11th, 2013 - 3:45pm

    75, 75!??!! Is that all . that’s SHORTER than 2 parted episodes. It should be MORE , MORE!!??!?!

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    September 11th, 2013 - 3:43pm

    How do you know they are in it briefly? Have you seen the episode? It also has The Daleks, who are classic monsters.

  • The TARDIS

    September 11th, 2013 - 3:23pm

    They could at least have included Paul McGann… I don’t see how it can hope to celebrate 50 years with only one classic series monster who’s only in it briefly. Frankly, I don’t care what classic Doctors look like, I just want them in there.

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    September 11th, 2013 - 10:52am

    Here’s a trilogy!

    The Name of The Doctor
    The Day of The Doctor
    The Fall of The Doctor


    September 11th, 2013 - 8:59am

    My friend Joe on Deviant Art, known on that site and this one as ‘The British Cup of Tea’, reckons that that the Christmas Special will also use ‘the Doctor’ in the tile, such as ‘The Fall of the Doctor’ or ‘The Time of the Doctor’ which is what he suggested on a Journal I wrote yesterday on Deviant Art –

    1)The Name of the Doctor
    2)The Day of the Doctor
    3)The Fall of the Doctor / The Time of the Doctor

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    September 11th, 2013 - 8:09am

    He’s wrong. You didn’t actually expect there to be Classic Doctor’s did you? They all look too old! And anyway, The Zygons are back , and they didn’t appear in the new series. They appeared in 1975’s Terror of the Zygons. And how is 75 minutes not a movie? It’s feature length (over 60 minutes), so technically, it’s a movie.

  • Scott’s TARDIS

    September 11th, 2013 - 8:05am

    I prefer The End of The Doctor.

  • The TARDIS

    September 11th, 2013 - 7:59am

    Quick question: what would people rather see – a 75 minute special in 3D or a 90 minute special in 2D?


    September 11th, 2013 - 3:12am

    i put email and name in wrong bits, can someone fix that please? Thanks


    September 11th, 2013 - 3:11am

    No he’s completely right. I can’t believe that in this, the 50th anniversary year, we didn’t even get a full season’s series! Unbelievable. And now what was supposed to be a movie is only 75 minutes long. The secret with Who these days is never expect anything good, so you’ll never be disappointed, and when there occasionally is OK stuff you will be pleasantly surprised.

  • MasterKasterborous

    September 10th, 2013 - 10:11pm

    The Zygons?

  • MasterKasterborous

    September 10th, 2013 - 10:10pm

    To be honest; it can be either An Unearthly Child or 100,000BC depending on the documentation you look at. (What do you call Mission to the Unknown?) There are also several examples of stories featuring an episode of the same name.

  • MasterKasterborous

    September 10th, 2013 - 10:08pm

    I would have preferred it at 90; it would have been the biggest of the new series then.

  • Trenzalore

    September 10th, 2013 - 9:30pm

    No the silence of the doctor is better

  • drjakeyoung

    September 10th, 2013 - 8:47pm

    the movie and 5 doctors were joint longest single episodes ever i believe, with them both being around 90 minutes.

  • the astronaut of death

    September 10th, 2013 - 8:15pm

    I think this November tv wont be known as tv anymore

    it will be known as doctor who

  • 100000BC

    September 10th, 2013 - 7:55pm

    What’s wrong with the length? It’ll be the joint longest single episode ever (With the End of Time part Two) so for a modern day DW it’s quite good – especially seeing as though the Name of the Doctor introduced some of it and parts of the storyline may leak in to the Christmas special.

  • 100000BC

    September 10th, 2013 - 7:46pm

    No well I don’t think it should matter either, just that some people may.

  • Davros Flatley

    September 10th, 2013 - 7:29pm

    A rumor mentioned Twelfth Night

  • the astronaut of death

    September 10th, 2013 - 7:27pm

    cant wait for the 50th and the the doctormentry

  • Trenzalore

    September 10th, 2013 - 6:56pm

    The Christmas special should be called-silence of the doctor

  • Trenzalore

    September 10th, 2013 - 6:55pm

    The Christmas special should be called-silence of the doctor

  • Matt Smithy

    September 10th, 2013 - 6:52pm

    Booboo what do you think about all this? I think it’s great news 😀

  • Davros Flatley

    September 10th, 2013 - 6:46pm

    Series 7 finale: The Name of the Doctor

    50th Anniversary special: The Day of the Doctor

    Christmas special: The End of the Doctor

    A trilogy!!!

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