‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Trailer: He’s Been Running All His Lives

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 21st, 2013 at 5:32 am,

The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who might not be starring any of the Doctors from before David Tennant’s reign, but that doesn’t mean that the BBC can’t still pay tribute to them in another way. Anticipation is high for this special feature-length episode, which will mark half a century of adventures in time and space. And based on how things were left off in the season 7 finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” there may be something pretty momentous on the way.

A specially-shot teaser trailer for the episode certainly plays up the idea of the Doctor’s entire history leading up to one particular point in time: “The Day of the Doctor.” Showcasing old favorites like Willam Hartnell and Tom Baker with retouching to make them high definition, the trailer shows all of the Doctors so far (though some are tricky to spot) and references the “impossible day” that will come in the special episode. Perhaps this impossibility is the Doctor meeting himself, though for something that’s not so supposed to happen at all this does occur quite a lot.

Clara also makes an important appearance in the trailer, once again tying this episode to her actions in the season 7 finale, and there’s a glimpse of Rose Tyler around the same time that the Ninth Doctor comes into view, which is quite appropriate. Billie Piper will reprise her role as the first companion of the new series in the special episode, and we suspect that there might be a few surprises in store that the BBC has managed to keep under wraps so far.

Tom Baker in the trailer for Doctor Who 50th anniversary special Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Trailer: Hes Been Running All His Lives

Also tied into this minute-long exploration of the Doctor’s history are a few of the different friends and foes that he has encountered over his very long lifetime. The Daleks and the Zygons will both definitely be making an appearance, but will the list of featured faces like the Weeping Angels, K-9 and D84 also have cameos, or were they only included in the trailer for the purposes of nostalgia?

Take a very close look and watch the video through a few times, because there’s a lot of detail packed into this short trailer, and tell us in the comments if you think you’ve found any extra clues.


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

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  1. Just to the left of Sara Jane is a Sea Devil and an image of the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan can be seen in the crystal ball. Absolutely love this trailer, glad there are not potential spoilers.

  2. Finally! And we were saying all along it was possible for the BBC to release a trailer without any footage and still have it be awesome. And it was. All I’d add is that Matt Smith’s voiceover is Moffat’s typical vague hyperbole. To date we have absolutely no concrete details on the premise/plotline of The Day of the Doctor, and maybe that’s deliberate (fine, it probably IS deliberate) but when you just hear the same sort of words being thrown around – ‘running away’, ‘impossible’, etc. – it just sort of lessens the impact of the implications, because the story can then get away with anything.

    But hey, not really complaining, and hopefully they release a trailer with some footage soon! Doesn’t have to be the Comic-Con trailer, but at least part of it would be nice.

    • This, except I am complaining.

  3. The problem I have is I find an episode like this to hold less significance, simply based on the lack of Time Lords presence.

    • The episode hasn’t aired yet and there are THREE Time Lords featured in it (or are there? We definitely know of two).

      The BBC knew what they were doing by promising a special surprise just before Strictly Come Dancing (or for US readers, your version is called Dancing With The Stars) started to air then showing this trailer right after Strictly finished, guaranteeing maximum viewing numbers after their most-watched show.

      I say this as someone who was never overly excited when the show returned, who loved Eccleston’s Doctor and found Tennant’s to be fun even if he wasn’t as good and then switched off after Smith’s second episode and never looked back….I can’t wait to see this episode.

      To have someone like me excited to see what happens next after avoiding the show during Smith’s run really says something commendable about the BBC’s marketing department.

  4. Just after Matt smith says “I have strived for peace in a universe at war” when the camera is going up to Sarah Jane a metal bar is shown with the words printed “No More” this is highly suggestive of John Hurts doctor in some way the fact he is no longer trying to obtain peace in the universe at war.

  5. That was a great teaser. But now i want an actual trailer!!!

  6. A masterpiece of video editing. I loved the teaser.

  7. Bring it on!

  8. “foreboding” is a noun, not an adjective.

      • Well, you got me. I checked two dictionaries (a digital one and my own copy of the OED) before chiming in. Language does change, and this is a fairly natural and understandable extension, but I don’t think it’s a good one. What I expect will happen is that the earlier noun usage (notice how I used “noun”, which is itself a noun, as an adjective there — what a hypocrite I am) will disappear and we’ll have lost a useful word. Perhaps it will survive in a few set phrases (e.g., “he was overcome with a sense of foreboding”). In any case, language is very democratic. I don’t get to decide; I just get to vote.

        For those wondering where the cloud I’m yelling at is to be found, it’s in the blurb on the main SR page with the link to this article.

    • Am I missing something? I’m not seeing that word used in the article or any of the comments, and it’s not in the trailer either. And yes, it can be used as an adjective.

      • Editor must have taken it out. Shame, I quite like that word.

        • You should start misusing it everywhere now just for a laugh.

          • I can’t, it’s foreboden.

            • That’s the spirit. :-)

  9. Who is the guy standing directly in front of ten, in the trailer??? Someone said jack harkness, but i don’t see it!

  10. I might have mistaken the voices, and I’ve no idea whether it has any significance anyway, but that sounded to me like Peter Davison echoing the word “lives” at 0:10, and Paul McGann repeating “years” at 0:21. That’s definitely Billie Piper (and a Dalek) saying “Doctor” at 0:34, though, and we know she’s making an appearance…

    • Quality trailer, by the way.

  11. Guy in front of 10. Is that Alternate Brigadier in Inferno

  12. ‘Reign’ not rein, unless there are deer to go with it.