As of this writing, Doctor Who is now 49 years, 11 months, and 27 days old – meaning that only three days remain until the show officially reaches its highly anticipated 50th anniversary. Even though Doctor Who has not been on the air, continuously, for that entire duration, the series has remained a TV staple for nearly half a century – and is now more popular than ever. In celebration, fans will get to enjoy a global simulcast of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special “The Day of the Doctor” exactly five decades after the show debuted on November 23, 1963 – followed two days later by encore 3D screenings in over 300 movie theaters across the U.S. (in addition to other countries).
Less than a week ago, the BBC released an especially well-received prequel minisode, “The Night of the Doctor,” which brought back the eighth incarnation of the time-traveling alien, portrayed by Paul McGann, and set up the storyline that will be explored in the 50th Anniversary Special. Now, we’re getting a brief sneak peek at a scene from the actual anniversary episode – along with a special (not to mention tongue-in-cheek) teaser from fan-favorite tenth Doctor, David Tennant.
The sneak peek, which is the first of five “unlocks,” over at the official Doctor Who #SaveTheDay website offers a brief glimpse at the latest companion, Clara, riding the Doctor’s motorcycle into the open doors of the TARDIS, while Eleven (portrayed by Matt Smith) sits reading an advanced quantum mechanics book. The video can only be viewed over at the official website, so CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW to see it for yourself.
At this point, the context surrounding the clip is unclear, though given The Doctor’s casual nature (and the absence of Ten and The Warrior Doctor), it’s safe to assume that the scene occurs extremely early in the episode – long before the current Doctor/Companion pair are drawn into the larger 50th Anniversary Special plot. Still, the terrestrial-looking road would indicate that, despite countless other possibilities, the Doctor is probably in present day Earth (for the time being).
One of the most anticipated aspects of the anniversary episode is the return of David Tennant. Even though the recent “Day of the Doctor” trailer gave us a quick glimpse of the tenth Doctor back in action, fans are still eager to see more of Tennant.
Fortunately, the actor took the time to record a special “behind-the-scenes” introduction for the episode – where Tennant showcases “special effects” and “props” from the Anniversary Special.
Check the out Tennant’s teaser video below:
Anyone who has been following the run-up to this week’s special (or anyone with a basic sense of humor) knows Tennant is joking around here – especially since the special (which is airing in 3D and screening in 3D theaters) is expected to feature some of the best visual effects in franchise history. Nevertheless, it’s fun to see Tennant can still embrace the campy and playful nature of the series, even several years after he left.
Of course, what would a half-century milestone be without numerous opportunities for reflection and marketing buzz? In that spirit, BBC has announced not one but two Live events – both a pre-show and an after party that will feature special appearances, guests, and details. For the pre-show, which will be streamed through the BBC America YouTube account, the network has enlisted Veronica Belmont for hosting duties in a live event featuring fan art, interviews, and more. The post-show, which will air directly after the episode, is scheduled for BBC3 with hosts Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards – along with an appearance by Matt Smith.
If that wasn’t enough, BBC has finally released a full trailer for their Doctor Who docudrama “An Adventure in Space and Time” – which recounts the creation of the series and the production of the earliest episodes featuring William Hartnell (played by David Bradley) as the original incarnation of the Doctor.
You can view the trailer for “An Adventure in Space and Time” below:
Doctor Who fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming week, not to mention the 2013 Christmas Special in one month – which will feature the debut of Peter Capaldi as the next regeneration of the Doctor. So, enjoy the glut while it lasts, since season 8 will not debut until fall 2014.
Matt Smith will return as Doctor Who on November 23rd for the 50th Anniversary Special – followed by the 2013 Christmas Special on December 25th.
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Source: THR and BBC