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

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

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Images & Plot Details

At least Moffat isn’t letting the 3D aspect of the episode go to waste. The writer says that he kept the format in mind when writing the episode and that it’s been exploited to make things a little more scary. Let’s hope that means something more than just monsters jumping out towards the audience:

“My first impulse was if we’re going to do 3D it had to be part of the plot. We actually have to make 3D part of the story and if at all possible, to try and make 3D a bit scary. I wouldn’t say it’s in every scene, but there is an element of the show that exploits the fact of 3D.”

It’s only right for such a great British anniversary to feature a little royalty, and Welsh actress Joanna Page is obliging by playing the fiery-haired Queen Elizabeth I. Further solidifying his rather strange reputation as a ladies’ man, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) gets to enjoy a little bit of romance and a kiss with Her Majesty – though Page says that this scene was not particularly romantic:

“Filming the romantic scenes were quite difficult because my first day was on top of a mountain in Neath. It was absolutely freezing, it was blowing a gale and David, the Tenth Doctor and I, are having a picnic. So I’m lying across him and he probably couldn’t breathe, because I’ve just got this massive costume on, and he’s feeding me grapes as I’m just desperately shivering.

“You’ve got to try and play it romantic and relaxed, when actually you’re freezing cold. I think our lips were turning blue and I stopped feeling my hands. The next day, because it had been so cold with the wind my hands were bright red and all blistered because they were so chapped. So everyone is probably jealous, thinking she gets to kiss the Tenth Doctor and it’s all romantic, but it’s not; my lips were numb and my hands were chapped.”

Joanna Page as Elizabeth I in Doctor Who Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Images & Plot Details

The rest of the interview mostly plays it safe with questions along the lines of, “Did you enjoy working with X” and, “Do you watch the show?” but there are some interesting tidbits and funny set stories in there to make up for the lack of details about the plot. The actual images from the episode also do not give too much away, beyond the fact that it appears to be set partially in 16th century England and partially in more futuristic times. With 76 minutes to play with, the script could jump around all over time and space.

Tell us in the comments if you’re hyped for November 23rd and if you’re planning to see the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special episode in a theater or settle in with it at home.


The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will be simulcast around the world on November 23rd, 2013.

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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.