‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Images & Plot Details

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 7th, 2013 at 12:59 pm,

Matt Smith as the Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Images & Plot Details

It would be nice to be a Time Lord, if only for the ability to jump forward a couple of weeks and see the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special straight away. The BBC really have pushed the boat out for it, not only making it feature length and shooting in 3D, but also planning an entire day of celebratory programs across all of the BBC channels and radio stations, and organizing screenings in selected US theaters as well.

With that amount of hype, however, the pressure truly is on for showrunner Steven Moffat and the Doctor Who cast and crew to deliver something truly spectacular to mark half a century of aliens, companions, Doctors and time travel. Familiar faces David Tennant and Billie Piper are returning to join the current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, and veteran actor John Hurt is playing another mysterious incarnation of the Doctor.

To help keep the hype train chugging along, the BBC has published an extensive interview with Moffat and the cast of the episode, which includes some brand new screenshots and some new details about what’s in store for Doctor Who fans. Moffat, for his part, remains as boldly ambitious as ever:

“I didn’t want this to just be a celebration of 50 years of the past. I wanted it to be a celebration of the mythology of the legend of the Doctor and all that entailed. This should be the first step on the next journey, guaranteeing the 100th anniversary. The story focuses on the most important thing that ever happened to the Doctor. We very rarely do that in Doctor Who as it’s usually about the people the Doctor meets or the companions that travel with him. This time it’s different.”

While it is nice, and appropriate, that the special should be all about the Doctor and his largely mysterious life story, it’s hard not to be a little skeptical about that particular description. In the fifty years since the show’s inception, a lot of very important things that have happened to the Doctor and there’s some potential concern that the anniversary special might trip over itself in an attempt to one-up everything that’s gone before. One of the main flaws in Moffat’s writing is his penchant for forced melodrama, which can sometimes end up getting in the way of a stronger story.


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  1. It was confirmed to be 76 minutes long, not 90.

    • Though i am disappointed it isn’t 90 minutes, 76 minutes is still the longest, or second longest episode.

      Voyage of the Damned was i think 75 and the end of time part 2 might’ve been 75 or 78.

      • nope just checked and end of time part 2 was 75. so the 50th will be the longest, if only by a minute.

        • still,as u already said it is too short !
          for a 50th it should be 120 min long feature !

    • Thanks, updated!

  2. STILL a bit annoyed us Brits have nothing and America has lots!

    Though I think we get a trailer Saturday. Doctor Who is the only show I have literally watched religiously for so long, so looking forward to this EVENT!

    Please don’t be a Moffatt spawn of non-words and questions with no answers. Please please please!

    Doctor Who is still good, but it was much better when it was something different and unique every week. Now it just seems like they’re trying to make it one big blob of a single story whereby the Doctor gets married, and has a big who (pun intended) har about his bloody name! Yawn!

    Having said that, Moffat in the RTD era wrote some of my all time favourites, so I still have some faith/admiration. Smith is a great Doctor, they have never let me down companion or CGI wise either. They just need to buck up the damn stories!

    Seriously hope the 50th as a very strong plot. I’m worried it’s just gonna be an hour of, ‘look David Tennant, oh David Tennant and Matt Smith chatting, oh past Doctor’s, Moffat was that an attempt at a teaser for the future, please stop shoving it in my face?’. I want a story that stands on it’s own to be honest, and not some bloated new thread of Moffat’s bloated arch’s!

    I miss the days when the show encouraged us to think! Bad Wolf, Saxon etc, they were reoccurances that we’d cotton on to on our own, then watch the finally and be like, OH YEAH!

    Still have hope though! Pumped!!!

    • Couldn’t agree more with you !
      Moffat under RTD was really good,he needs guidance !
      Moffat on the lose..I feel the show suffers a lot of no focus at all !
      Stories are all over the place !

    • I agree that the Brits should have the most as it’s you baby but other than Comic-Con, which is IN America but certainly not just for Americans, what have we gotten you don’t? We have only BBC America to rely on. No radio shows, no BBC 3 or others! Please don’t think we’ve gotten so much here that you don’t have- we’re begging for more specials, trailers and info just all Whovians want!!

      Just to clarify:
      Comic-Con is for a very limited group of people with either disposable income or credit cards. Americans don’t just to hop on a bus, go 2000 miles, get a hotel, buy hard to find tickets and then actually be one of the few who see some new International trailer or bit of a movie. It’s far from being just Americans in attendance. That’s why many businesses choice to show their new sneek peaks there.

  3. Is the BBC gonna put this on a 3D channel then here? I only ask because the only 3D channel I know of belongs to Sky and we’re a cynical lot when it comes to 3D viewing. Plus it’s still just a TV show here and not a movie experience.

    As for the show itself, I haven’t watched since Davis left because two episodes into the Moffat/Smith era turned me off completely.

    I’m mainly watching for John Hurt though. I wanna know what part he has to play in all this.

    • They are, indeed. That said, I think they said some time back that it will be the last program they produce in 3D.

  4. Technically, anything over 40min is feature length. In that respect, NuWho has always been feature length.

    • Hmm, not sure about that. I remember growing up with Sylvester McCoy and regular 60 minute episodes. That was the length usually until the return in 2005 with 40-45 minute episodes and the slightly longer Chrismas specials.

      The longest one before 2005 that I recall was a 90 minute TV movie in 96 with Paul McGann.

      • Take it up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; they are the ones that set the standard. The exception was back in the early 1900′s when a feature was considered 50+ minutes based on a 5-reel show in the cinema.