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The Zygons Return for the 50th Anniversary Special

The Zygons Return for the 50th Anniversary Special

From The Official Site…

We’re delighted to confirm that the Zygons are returning to Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary special.

Aside from flashbacks these malevolent shape-shifters have only appeared once before, threatening Earth in the Fourth Doctor adventure, Terror of the Zygons. Despite the fact that their solitary outing was over thirty years ago they remain a popular old enemy and in the 2010 episode, The Pandorica Opens, they were amongst the massed aliens said to be gathering above Stonehenge. Later, in The Power of Three, we learnt that Zygons had one of their ships under the Savoy Hotel in 1890 and apparently replaced half the staff with imposters! But this time they really are back…

We’ve already confirmed that in the anniversary special Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman will be joined by the returning David Tennant and Billie Piper. Screen legend John Hurt is also in the cast and earlier today we revealed that Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey, The Syndicate) would also be appearing in this eagerly anticipated adventure.

We’ll be brining you more news soon!



  • the astronaut of death

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:10pm

    the bbc have announced that Kate Stuart from the power of three will be in the 50th!

    • the astronaut of death

      April 8th, 2013 - 4:16pm

      and there filming the 50th at the tower of London


      April 9th, 2013 - 2:11pm

      Problem is I thought they were filming at The Tower of London because Johanna Page was playing Elizabeth I??? She was seen in an Elizabethan dress.

    • the astronaut of death

      April 11th, 2013 - 11:57am

      i think there filming there because previouly the tower of london has been unit head quarters

  • Dalek Smith

    April 7th, 2013 - 5:35pm

    it just had to be the 50th anniversary the zygons returned didn’t it

  • matt9982

    April 6th, 2013 - 4:28pm

    Come again???

  • drjakeyoung

    April 6th, 2013 - 3:34pm

    the rings of akhaten in a couple of hours!

    • doctorwholover

      April 6th, 2013 - 5:31pm

      Eeeeeeeeeeeeeek can not wait for new dw.bin reading 50th annerversry news omg rose comin back but if she is wouldn’t that mean somet bad really badis goin on. O dear. Davids comin back to its most probably the the doctor rose took to the parrellel world wiv her I wonder if karenarthur and alex r comin back 2

    • I’m not here

      April 7th, 2013 - 1:26pm

      They won’t be coming back although Alex will the other two wont as they have said themselves when they announced when they left that they were leaving for good

  • mrewanwatson

    April 6th, 2013 - 3:26pm

    I will admit, the Zygons look a bit cheap

    • Helo

      April 6th, 2013 - 4:55pm

      They’re a reasonably good recreation and faithful to the original.

  • lepter

    April 6th, 2013 - 3:00pm

    I do like it….my only issues is why do they have to reveal this nearly seven months before it airs. Also it looks a little foamy. The original looked organic. It should have had its own story too, not just stuffed into another story with loads of other monsters, (as seems to be the case)
    My problem with moffats stories is that he is trivialising all the monsters. Roman humanised rory Autons, teletubby daleks, comedy nurse sontarons, human like lesbian silurians…now the zygons were brought in as a joke, (the hotel reference) There is little suspense anymore. I mean even his best creation the weeping angels got ridiculous. (no one saw the angel statue of liberty stomping through the city that never sleeps, (new york!!)

    He is starting to ruin doctor who. What on earth was the bells of saint john? What did they have to do with the story?

    I LOVE doctor who, and will continue to watch it no matter what but I feel that there needs to be a rethink on the use of the monsters. And cut back on the hype. If your going to use classic daleks in a story…USE THEM. Don`t just have them relegated to a blink an you will miss them role.

    Dont mess up the zygons. Ice warriors look awesome though. A great update.

    • Anonymous

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:12pm

      “stuffed into another story with loads of other monsters, (as seems to be the case)”

      What over monsters a are supposed to be in it then.

    • Doctor Stu

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:27pm

      The bells of Saint John was relating to the TARDIS having the St. John’s ambulance sticker. And the bells symbolised the ringing of the TARDIS phone when Clara called it. I also agree with the Statue of Liberty comment as when Amy and Rory were on the roof top you could see cars below. How didn’t they see it!! I also agree the new ice warriors look amazing.

    • drjakeyoung

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:36pm

      trust me and wait and see, they have something big planed…

    • Doctor Stu

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:38pm

      The bells of St. John refers to the TARDIS having the St. John’s ambulance sticker and the bells refers to the TARDIS phone ringing when Clara called the Doctor.

    • Doctor Stu

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:40pm

      Sorry my comment disappeared and then reappeared. You can delete this if you want booboo

    • Helo

      April 6th, 2013 - 4:53pm

      The real reason to bring back the Zygons is that they’re shape-changing aliens and therefore can appear as anyone. This is the 50th Anniversary episode after all and we’ll be seeing the Zygons shape change into some familiar faces from the past.

    • drjakeyoung

      April 6th, 2013 - 4:56pm

      are you doctor stu from YouTube by any chance?

    • MasterKasterborous

      April 6th, 2013 - 11:28pm

      I’m sorry but in what way is making a Silurian lesbian ‘trivialising’ the monster?

  • Jeff & Donna Palmyra

    April 6th, 2013 - 6:11am

    We’d like to find out how we can see the 50th anniversary special. We live in North Central Florida, have no satellite or cable tv but use the internet & Roku with Netflix and Hulu as adjuncts, and just watch everything on our wide-screen tv monitor. Presently we watch Dr. Who through Netflix; they have 86 of the 2005-2010 episodes and 76 of the 1963-? episodes. We’d still like to be involved in watching the 50th anniversary special, if you can help us.
    Thanks & be well.

    • Space Fish

      April 6th, 2013 - 11:57am

      Something as big as the 52th anniversary will be on Netflix, so you will probably be able to watch it on there or on BBC I player

    • drjakeyoung

      April 6th, 2013 - 1:08pm


    • MasterKasterborous

      April 6th, 2013 - 11:29pm

      1963-1989 BTW 😀

  • Thebadgerco

    April 5th, 2013 - 10:55pm

    BooBoo I don’t know if you’re tied up with loads of stuff or not, but some of the pages need updated, like the Doctor Who feature, the River Song Timeline, and some other pages, but I would love to see the River Song timeline updated with the First/last night episodes and The Angels Take Manhatten…

    • booboo

      April 5th, 2013 - 10:56pm

      Luke does all that, he has very little time at the moment

  • Daryl

    April 5th, 2013 - 4:00pm

    Hi it said in the paper this morning (and it was confirmed by the BBC) that the 9th was in the script but decided not to do it at the last moment meaning it had to be re-written leaving out the 9th doctor!

    • Anonymous

      April 5th, 2013 - 8:06pm

      Well Chris wouldn’t appear anyway if the BBC did ask him back. His said time and time again he don’t won’t to come back to Doctor Who.

    • Anonymous

      April 5th, 2013 - 9:41pm

      It was confirmed by the BBC that the story wasn’t true. Eccelston turned down the offer long before the script was finished. He never pulled out of it at all as he didn’t agree to d oit, althoguh he did speak to Steven Moffat at a few secret meetings as another Doctor who is interested in returning did interestingly enough.

    • Coming Full Circle

      April 6th, 2013 - 4:50pm

      Anyway Chris’s 9th Doctor has no proper link to the present story, whereas the 10th (David) does due to him meeting River for the first time ever in his life (The library and her death).

  • Scott Mitchell

    April 5th, 2013 - 8:30am

    I think that its great that they have brought the Cybermen, The Great Intelligence and The Ice Warriors back to Dr Who and now the Zygons for the 50th Anniversary wow most returning classic monsters in 1 series! Also David Tennant and Billie Piper to return is great too and with John Hurt! 😀

    • Doctor Stu

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:54pm

      So excited for David Tennant and Billie Piper

  • Scott the Raptor

    April 4th, 2013 - 11:40pm

    I like the fact that they are giving the classic monsters teeth, like The Zygons and The Ice Warriors.

  • xylok emperor

    April 4th, 2013 - 10:23pm

    The anti-grav bike from the bells from st john will be returning in the 50th
    clara has been seen heading towards the the tardis on said bike today along with a helicopter land near matt’s tardis

  • outnumbered

    April 4th, 2013 - 9:29pm

    it will be sad that sarah jane will not be in it

    • Joe

      April 4th, 2013 - 11:24pm

      they will most likely pay tribute to all deceased actors.

    • Anonymous

      April 6th, 2013 - 7:49pm

      I hope so

  • outnumbered

    April 4th, 2013 - 4:48pm

    where are the filming locations i want to see it being filmed

    • dalek eternal

      April 4th, 2013 - 6:52pm

      in neath

  • DW Fan

    April 4th, 2013 - 4:37pm

    I want to see amy and rory. I know they died but doctor who brings people back.
    I want Martha jones to return
    I want cybermen, the ood and the silence to reutrn

    • Anonymous

      April 5th, 2013 - 10:30am

      What about the daleks


      April 5th, 2013 - 11:24am

      Karen Gillian and Arther Darvill are not ever returning to Doctor Who. As Karen herself said last year, she does not want her and Arther to ever return cos she feels their sad ending of Amy and Rory will be ruined if they where to return to Doctor Who, and Steven Moffat himself has no intention of bringing them back, he said that the story of Amy and Rory is officially over.

      No Martha thanks, can’t stand her.

      Cybermen are returning with a new look, don’t know about the Ood, but the Silence might.

    • Doctor Stu

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:30pm

      It would be good if the zygotes disguise themselves as Amy and Rory or Clara to trap the Doctor

    • Doctor Stu

      April 6th, 2013 - 3:30pm

      Zygones not zygotes

  • The Surgeon

    April 4th, 2013 - 4:28pm

    I was so excited about them bringing back the Ice Warriors, and now I just want to go and kiss Stephen Moffat (Stephen, Steven?). I can’t wait, but I suppose I’ll have to.
    Talking of which, when is this on?

    • The Surgeon

      April 4th, 2013 - 4:31pm

      And is this the actual Zygon?
      Or is it just a prototype?

    • booboo

      April 4th, 2013 - 4:36pm

      no its been seen filming

  • outnumbered

    April 4th, 2013 - 1:57pm

    the girl who played stacey in gavin and stacey will also be in the 50th ep

  • The Three/Four Doctors?

    April 4th, 2013 - 1:23pm

    I think the 3 new Doctors (Chris, David and Matt) are returning. With (Jenna, Billie, John and Joanna). I want McGann back because I think it would work! Nice to see the Zygons never seen them on screen. Probably going to watch Terror of the Zygons now!! Want to see the Daleks and the Cybermen its the 50th Anniversary come on!

    • Joe

      April 4th, 2013 - 10:23pm

      i doubt Chris will return. He’s stated before he wants nothing to do with the show anymore. I’d like to see some classic doctors back.


      April 5th, 2013 - 11:25am

      Yeah Chris won’t ever return.

    • booboo

      April 5th, 2013 - 11:35am

      There is news that he was and has changed is mind at the last minuet

      The BBC have actual said he met twice with Steven Moffat recently

      However, the BBC has now told Digital Spy that Eccleston was never attached to the 50th and that his decision has had no impact on production.

      “Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven’s plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode,” an official source said.

      “After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best.

      The fact that they met must mean he may have considered it.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 5th, 2013 - 1:44pm

      Too bad, he was my second favorite New Series Doctor, after Smith. Ah well, hopefully we’ll see Tom Baker’s or Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor in it!

    • random user

      April 5th, 2013 - 5:58pm

      actually today in the doctor who news it has been confirmed that eccleston will not be appearing in the 50th.

  • MAXP

    April 4th, 2013 - 12:28am

    I think the real question surely is, what about the Skarasen? How will the Zygons get their special lactic fluid without it? Man that was a scary beast back in the day, back when I was a wee pup and I first saw it.

  • outnumbered

    April 3rd, 2013 - 10:42pm

    silence will fall right. well i could be wrong but. silence were do u get silence

    you get silence in the libary.

    see were im going with this. what if the doctor saw the silence in the libary. he would not remember would he.

    i think the libary will be back with the silence

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 10:16am

      But by this logic we could say that every place the doctor has been, that has been quiet, is related to the silence.

    • outnumbered

      April 4th, 2013 - 12:37pm

      yes but. in the clip on you tube ( bells of saint john behind the scenes. you see river in the out fit she wore in silence in the libary. also it just happens to be a steven moffat story.

  • daleksean

    April 3rd, 2013 - 9:53pm

    i hope that they do not change the style of aliens from the classic series because what is the point of bringing previous aliens back like the ice warriors and having them as a different style

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 4th, 2013 - 9:42pm

      They update them so they’re more powerful and threatening, to fit with the story, or because the old props were lost or destroyed. They changed the Cybermen all the time in the Classic Series, the Daleks were often tweaked, and given redesigns in 2005 and 2010.

    • Joe

      April 4th, 2013 - 10:25pm

      yeah but imagine a cyberman appearing on screen nowadays in the same style as “the tenth planet”. it would look ridiculous with its cloth face and tinfoil armour. they need to update the monsters, and they’ve done it just right with these new Zygons.

  • random user

    April 3rd, 2013 - 8:59pm

    no i take it back not on far right… it’s sort of in the middle. and it’s a new series dalek not the classics.

  • dalek eternal

    April 3rd, 2013 - 6:46pm

    its was so great to see them filming yesterday the woman who old the farm kicked all the whovians there off she was very nasty indeed everyone was talking about how rude she was although she didnt stop us from seeing filming because it seems us whovians will do anyhing to get a glimpse of filming and ended up climbing up the side of a very steep hill

    • random user

      April 3rd, 2013 - 8:56pm

      sheesh she sounds mean….. how steep was the hill?

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 2:33am

      She’s not that mean. Imagine people were filming on your property and hundreds of people come in and demand entrance.

    • dalek eternal

      April 4th, 2013 - 11:33am

      pretty steep if u fell u would of been rolling for quite a while

  • Joe

    April 3rd, 2013 - 5:20pm

    hopefully we will see the 8-9 regeneration in the 50th anniversary special.

    • pathdw98

      April 3rd, 2013 - 10:00pm

      If that actually happened in the special, I think I might die of excitement. This is why Chris should come back, it’s the only thing missing from the 9th Doctor’s story. If he only returned just for a cameo for a regeneration scene, I’d be so happy with that.

    • Joe

      April 3rd, 2013 - 10:46pm

      me too. i thought he was a great doctor. shame he didn’t stick around for longer!

    • Coming Full Circle

      April 6th, 2013 - 4:49pm

      Chris’s 9th Doctor has no proper link to the present story, whereas the 10th (David) does due to him meeting River for the first time ever in his life (The library and her death).

  • WowTheyDidntJustDoThat

    April 3rd, 2013 - 3:20pm

    That is an amazing redo, Hope there are more monsters returning! (Mummies)

  • megawood100

    April 3rd, 2013 - 3:17pm

    Just upload a updated video with more pictures 🙂

  • obeythewhispermen

    April 3rd, 2013 - 3:03pm

    cant wait till the 50th anniversary.

  • obeythewhispermen

    April 3rd, 2013 - 3:00pm

    They look freaky

  • WFK DVD Collector 13

    April 3rd, 2013 - 1:44pm

    Great news that the Zygons are back!

    The monsters I want back for the 50th:

    1. Axons (The Claws Of Axos) 1971
    2. Drahvins (Galaxy 4) 1965
    3. The Rani (The Mark Of The Rani) 1985
    4. The Celestial Toymaker (The Celestial Toymaker) 1966
    5. The Macra (The Macra Terror) 1967

    Comment below with your own lists of monsters and aliens you want back! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2013 - 2:51pm

      1. The Daleks (obviously)
      2.The Master
      3.The Celestial Toymaker
      4. The Kraals
      5. A new Dalek Emperor

    • WFK DVD Collector 13

      April 3rd, 2013 - 5:29pm

      Also the Daleks and the Cybermen!!!

    • time and relotive dimens

      April 3rd, 2013 - 6:25pm

      1st doctor – monoids
      2nd doctor – krotons
      3rd doctor – omega
      4th doctor – voc robot
      5th doctor – black guardian
      6th doctor – sil
      7th doctor – gods of rackrock
      8th doctor – unknown for now
      9th doctor – geth
      10th doctor – adipose
      11th doctor – sontarons

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 2:57pm

      1. Daleks (Golden and Classic designs)
      2. Cybermen
      3. The Ice Warriors
      4. Sontarans

    • Doctor4131

      April 4th, 2013 - 6:23pm

      sea devils
      the master
      the rani
      the time lords
      the valyard
      (unlikely to have all of them return)

    • Time lord

      April 4th, 2013 - 6:49pm

      The silence
      Time lords
      Great intelligience

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 5th, 2013 - 1:50pm

      I saw the description for the Anti-Time Device (I don’t own it, I just read it off the site) said “After the Doctor disappeared, the Cybermen and Daleks went to war across the universe. And on each world they destroyed they left in their wake, Stone Angels, picking over the dead and dying.”
      I’d like to see that happen for the 50th, so the monsters I want to appear are:
      1. The Daleks (both bronze and Paradigm)
      2. Cybermen
      3. Davros
      4. Weeping Angels

    • Reob Worlandin

      April 7th, 2013 - 3:50pm


  • sheepinafez

    April 3rd, 2013 - 12:57pm

    keeping my fingers crossed for a character building zygon

    • booboo

      April 3rd, 2013 - 3:18pm

      and ice warrior as well

    • sheepinafez

      April 3rd, 2013 - 7:04pm

      i think they could be the best yet

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2013 - 8:31pm

      Bit ironic if they released the Ice Warrior just as it loses the “lego” hand.

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2013 - 11:39am

      Oh snap

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