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Official Major 50th Anniversary Casting News

Major Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Casting news

David Tennant, Billie Piper and John Hurt are confirmed for 50th Anniversary special.


BBC News and BBC One on Facebook

We’re thrilled to confirm that David Tennant and Billie Piper will join Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in the 50th Anniversary special!

And not only that, acting legend John Hurt will also be guest-starring!

David Tennant and Billie Piper to return for blockbuster celebrations with John Hurt also confirmed.

The BBC has today revealed some of the all-star cast that will mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien, Harry Potter) will also co-star.

Last seen as the Doctor on January 1st 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor. During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials. He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, ‘The Parting of the Ways’.

Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, ‘The End of Time’ in 2010.

Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the 3D anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations, set to take over the BBC. Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran.

Filming for the 50th anniversary starts this week. Meanwhile a brand new series starts on BBC ONE today (30 March) at 6:15pm for a run of eight epic episodes, which officially introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

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David Tennant is returning

Billie Piper is returning



  • sopcannon

    April 6th, 2013 - 3:32pm

    Going by the what Moffat has wrote so far I ‘m not expecting much.
    I have the five doctors from the classic series and to fit all 5 doctors and companions in with a plot in 45 minutes isnt easy.

    So hopefully the 50th will be a much longer than 45 minutes. Or at least a 2 parter of sorts.

    **** MOFFAT no rushed ending please ****

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 9th, 2013 - 6:37pm

      I heard it was 90 minutes

  • McGann is the Doctor

    April 1st, 2013 - 11:15pm

    I think I’m going to faint…………….from dissapointment.

    No Paul McGann 🙁

    • booboo

      April 1st, 2013 - 11:15pm

      He is taking the picture probably

    • Dalek Smith

      April 7th, 2013 - 3:40pm

      McGann wont do it if he has to wear the wig or the original costume from the movie

    • Daveroper00

      April 7th, 2013 - 7:19pm

      Paul Mcgaan doesn’t look a day over when we last saw him, and even if he did, one) we never saw him regenaration two)in dark eyes he had a massive change , and three) it would still look great.


      April 8th, 2013 - 12:35pm

      Or chris eccleston. Hope toms in there and the others. Looking unlikely. Chris was the one i really wanted to see again.

  • Ian

    April 1st, 2013 - 10:46am

    My theory is the 10th Doctor and Rose will be when they traveled together, before the events of Doomsday.
    I bet a lot of females are happy Tennant is back.

  • Rooners

    March 31st, 2013 - 11:25pm

    I bet he will be playing an aged half human meta crisis Doctor, rather than the actual 10th Doctor.


    March 31st, 2013 - 5:17pm

    Hopefully this will shut up a lot of ‘BRING BACK DAVID TENNANT !’ fan’s from going on and on about him, but seeing as his only gonna be in this one off special, they’ll soon be driving us up the wall again with ‘BRING BACK DAVID TENNANT – AGAIN !!’.


      March 31st, 2013 - 5:47pm

      I like David Teannant.


      March 31st, 2013 - 5:47pm

      Or rather, David Tennant.


      April 1st, 2013 - 8:21am

      So am I, but ya don’t see me going –


      Over and over and over again. It’s one of the most annoying things so many of us Doctor Who fan’s have to put up with from those obsessed with David Tennant rather then just being obsessed with Doctor Who such as myself.

    • Scott the Raptor

      April 1st, 2013 - 10:57am

      It’s not our fault David was such a great Doctor!




      That was a joke by the way. David Tennant was still BRILLIANT though.


      April 1st, 2013 - 12:38pm

      True Scott the Raptor!

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 9th, 2013 - 6:40pm

      It gets even more annoying for those of us who like Matt Smith. You’d think with 50 years of the show, people would realize it’s not all about David Tennant…


    March 31st, 2013 - 5:15pm


  • Liason Ice

    March 31st, 2013 - 7:51am

    This is gunna be amazing.
    David and Matt side by side can not wait for November 😀

  • Hector Sandler

    March 31st, 2013 - 6:56am

    What other former Who Chris Eclesson,Colin Baker,Syvester McCoy & Tom Baker who still alive today.

    • TheMadManWithABox1

      March 31st, 2013 - 12:56pm

      Don’t forget Peter davidson and paul mgann

  • John Smith

    March 30th, 2013 - 11:24pm

    I’m not really sure what to think about this news. I’m taking a guess in saying that they’ll probably be back but it won’t be THE TENTH DOCTOR. It’ll be the human meta-crisis version of himself. However they will wrap a storyline around the return of David and Billie, the parallel universes, the 11th Doctor and Clara is making me wonder… Will they really be able to pull this off?

    • Lee Adams (Dalek Tales creator)

      March 31st, 2013 - 9:12am

      Time is relative, just because rose and meta ten are in a parallel universe, does not mean to say that smith wont go back on his own timeline and run into ten and rose in a past adventure.

  • Coming Full Circle

    March 30th, 2013 - 10:55pm

    The Face of Boe, who is possibly Jack Harkness would be a surprise return?

  • Coming Full Circle

    March 30th, 2013 - 10:44pm

    I am thinking The Master may perhaps return, and that possibly Clara is his daughter??? Or that The Master returns as well played by John Hurt, who is also appearing in the episode?

    • Anonymous

      March 31st, 2013 - 6:49pm

      Well given that we’ve got the other six major Doctor Who enemies coming back this year it would make sense.

  • Kid

    March 30th, 2013 - 9:52pm

    David will prob play the clone doctor what’s half donner

    • MasterKasterborous

      March 30th, 2013 - 11:24pm

      Or it could be the actual Doctor and Rose from their adventures set during Season 28…

    • scott stenhouse

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:09am

      is that it 50 years and we get 2 people from the past i take it you all remember the 5 doctors with a huge amount of old stars i would like to see some fiesty girls there like ace and tegan

    • 66

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:38am

      Scott, it says some of the casting news has been revealed. Anything could be happening

  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    March 30th, 2013 - 9:20pm

    Who else would like River Song to be in the 50th?

    • Jonathan

      March 30th, 2013 - 9:45pm

      Me with her working along another Doctor also would love to see Jo, Jamie, Leela, Tegan and many more ex assistants back

    • Dalek The Supreme

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:28am

      Yes, along with the Fourth Doctor, K-9, the Seventh Doctor, Ace, and the Eighth Doctor…

    • Dalek The Supreme

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:29am

      Oh, and the Daleks of course! How could I forget the Daleks?

    • Jonathan

      March 31st, 2013 - 10:30am

      Yes and maybe companions whose Doctors aren’t alive today could be paired up with those Doctors like 8 and 9

  • matparks08

    March 30th, 2013 - 9:19pm

    Not April Fools Day yet is it?? No! Then i’ll believe this one – but be ready on Monday for …well…..anything!

  • Sebatron

    March 30th, 2013 - 8:38pm

    Good to have them back! Happy Easter!

  • Moxx of Who

    March 30th, 2013 - 7:36pm

    Great news! Cant wait. Rose was always the best for me and same with the 10th doctor. Although it could be the duplicate. Wonder if anymore cast announcments will be made?!

    • Kid

      March 30th, 2013 - 9:54pm

      The only way Rosie and 10 th doc will be in it. If its the other doctor what part donner

    • 66

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:40am

      Kid it could be a pre-doomsday doctor and rose

  • pathdw98

    March 30th, 2013 - 6:12pm

    This is the best day I’ve had in a while.
    New series starts, Charlton win at home and the return of the 10th Doctor and Rose. As David would say, Allons-y.

  • Dalek Knows-all

    March 30th, 2013 - 5:09pm

    If it is untrue that David and Billie aren’t coming back, then its a reall, really cruel lie!!! I think that we should all w8 4 the episode and as River Song would say, spoilers sweetie!

    • booboo

      March 30th, 2013 - 5:11pm

      its true

    • scott stenhouse

      March 31st, 2013 - 12:55am

      it says its been confirmed by the bbc

  • poojoo

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:58pm

    maybe they will be the Doctor and Rose who went to the Paralel Universe!!!! that wouldn’t ruin continuity!!!!!! anyways quite happy about this !!!!

    • thedaleksdeath

      March 30th, 2013 - 10:00pm

      Or it could be the Doctor and Rose from series 2?

  • Sam Bentley

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:39pm

    Very excited about this… but… I don’t know. .. it doesn’t sound like the sort if thing they would release 7 months early… or even at all! There is more to this than what meets the eye… definetley.

    • booboo

      March 30th, 2013 - 4:42pm

      filming starts next week and it may be outdoors so it was bound to get out, only thing is i think the announcement has been rushed because it was leaked by Doctor Who magazine subs copies being sent out to early

    • Sam Bentley

      March 30th, 2013 - 5:42pm

      Yes I heard about that! I still think something is up… I believe they are returning… its more of HOW they are returning… if you understand…

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