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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


  • 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

  • Kid

    March 30th, 2013 - 9:52pm

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

  • 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

  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    March 30th, 2013 - 9:20pm

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

  • 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?!

  • 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.

  • joe

    March 30th, 2013 - 5:58pm

    calm down?

  • 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…

  • The TARDIS

    March 30th, 2013 - 5:16pm

    Yep, can’t go online without a future episode. Thank God some websites aren’t full of spoilers.

  • booboo

    March 30th, 2013 - 5:11pm

    its true

  • 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 - 5:01pm

    so do i but with all the spoiler sites those days are gone,

  • 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 !!!!

  • the astronaut of death

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:57pm

    they may have been told to deniy everything

  • The TARDIS

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:55pm

    It would only have been spoilt by people taking photos of the filming, and I think an official announcement is much better.

  • 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 - 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.

  • The Flying Shark

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:26pm

    Yes! This is exciting!

  • Rooners

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:21pm

    I had heard that….there are mumblings that the BBC are going to test technology to its limit and the early Doctors may appear as CGI to overcome that some of the actors have passed away and others are now very old. Star Trek did something similar afew years ago in the Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-actions” where they revisited sequences from the orginal show….it worked really well and I’m sure it can be done better and much cheaper these days. Anyway, the cGI solution is probably not true anyway.

  • booboo

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:04pm

    According to Doctor Who online some much more significant “classic ” news is immanent

  • Rooners

    March 30th, 2013 - 4:01pm

    Is it just me or does this just seem too obvious….could this be a deliberate press release to distract attention away from much more interesting casting….or is that just wishful thinking…?

  • 47

    March 30th, 2013 - 3:50pm

    This is good news ! I always enjoyed the tenth Doctor era and the way the character was portrayed by all who, wrote, designed and and of course, acted in, during the programme in those years. Of course,the 50th show will depend on the story and greatly on the quality of the Moffat/Smith era, which isn’t always to my likings. Stil, new episodes to come, and a sense of cautious optimism for the future!! Looking forward to it. Good Stuff !!

  • Still Not Ginger!!

    March 30th, 2013 - 3:16pm

    WOOOOOO!!!!!!!! so happy!!!!!!!!

  • timelord327

    March 30th, 2013 - 3:16pm

    I must say that you OliverOverload seems to have had a very interesting talk with themself.

  • Doctor Stu

    March 30th, 2013 - 3:07pm

    Billie piper said she wasn’t having anything to do with the 50th on the graham norton show

  • darylcharles

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:41pm

    They ahve to spoil the surprise!!!!!!!!!

  • THE 13th Doctor

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:30pm

    YES oh my god yes im so happy, but i hope we have more Doctors confirmed soon 😀

  • The TARDIS

    March 30th, 2013 - 2:20pm

    It is only one announcement, and it’s likely they’ll announce them throughout the year to ramp up excitement.

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