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March 30th, 2013 129 comments

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.

From Facebook


It’s Official!

David Tennant is returning

Billie Piper is returning


  • Dalek The Supreme

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:17pm

    Despite the fact David Tennant is my least favorite Doctor and Rose is my least favorite companion (Except for maybe Mel), I am actually excited, because I always liked the way Moffat wrote the Tenth Doctor, and it’ll be great to see a past Doctor return! Now just bring in either Tom Baker or Sylvester McCoy and the Daleks, and I’ll be satisfied!

  • TheWhomobile

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:14pm

    To my surpise I actually found myself feeling rather disappointed upon reading the news. By no means am I disappointed Tennant is back, in fact quite the opposite. But what I really wanted was the classic Doctors back, and this seems to suggest it will only be 10 and 11, which doesn’t seem to honour very much of the show.

  • matt9982

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:12pm

    Thanks BBC, this is great news. One of the only things I wanted for the 50th! 🙂

  • Space1999

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:06pm

    Is he your worst doctor because he is at least in my top 5

  • Doctorwho4Eva

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:04pm

    YESSSSS! GO ON BBC! Looks like you have not disappointed.

  • The TARDIS

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:59pm

    When have doctor who magazine done it before?

  • The TARDIS

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:57pm

    Why would it be an April fools? it’s two days too early, and too big a leak to be made up. It would be way too far if it were a lie.

  • the doctor

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:55pm

    David is finally Returning!!!

  • sunny

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:52pm

    Me too!

  • sunny

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:51pm

    David Tennant is returning ! It is not something that you don’t care about!

  • sunny

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:49pm

    Yasssssssssssssssssssss David is returning!

  • Those Vigils Over There

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:41pm


  • Those Vigils Over There

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:40pm


  • videogamemad00

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:38pm

    Am I the only person who doesn’t care that they are returning?

  • Those Vigils Over There

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:36pm


  • The Doctor

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:30pm

    I feel like the happiest person on the planet right now!

  • Anonymous

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:24pm

    I am unbelievably happy that 10 and rose are back. Rose was my first companion and I can’t wait for this 😀

  • im not here

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:18pm

    the reason donna is not coming back is because she will die

  • OliverOverload

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:14pm

    See they haven’t chosen martha or donna so it… WAIT a second,

    i’ll tell you all later! but i’ve think i have figured this ALL out!, o my god.

  • OliverOverload

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:12pm

    But then again it does say those 3 HAVE been confimed for casting, and filming takes place soon so, really who knows, we WILL have to wait and see how time progresses won’t we.

  • OliverOverload

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:09pm

    Oh and isn’t it suprising that this information comes out today, 1st episode of 2013 series 7.

    I’m sorry but (no offense) this IS AN APRIL FOOLS!

  • OliverOverload

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:06pm

    When I saw this, I couldn’t believe it, but now that it is actually coming up to 1st April and everyone is talking about it to be a fake scoop, then the news is probably a false untrue lie, but anyway. I remember when david had that interview, and he said, “I nearly said something i shouldn’t!”. So that is the only bit of evidence we have, and aswell, it’s not actually 1st of april yet anyway, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions now should we?

  • Tennants Back! (Previously Volcanic7383)

    March 30th, 2013 - 1:02pm

    Just found a picture of the article

  • im not here

    March 30th, 2013 - 12:57pm

    well now its official so yaaaay!!!

  • Tennants Back! (Previously Volcanic7383)

    March 30th, 2013 - 12:55pm

    Renamed myself because I’m that exited!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • booboo

    March 30th, 2013 - 12:53pm


  • booboo

    March 30th, 2013 - 12:53pm

    yes but its official now, BBC confirmed

  • Anonymous

    March 30th, 2013 - 12:52pm

    YES! does that mean they are filming now?

  • dr u no

    March 30th, 2013 - 12:52pm

    this pictures from the runaway bride(christmas speical 2006)

  • booboo

    March 30th, 2013 - 12:49pm

    they have now!

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