‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’ 50th Anniversary Trailers: Three Doctors vs. the Time War [UPDATED]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 9th, 2013 at 2:08 pm,

With only two weeks to go until the airing of its highly anticipated 50th Anniversary Special, fans of Doctor Who are all but slavering over every new morsel dropped by showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock). Rejoice then, as the latest news regarding the celebratory event isn’t so much a crumb as an entire cookie – the first full trailer for Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor.

Of course, the trailer’s biggest immediate draw is the first footage of David Tennant (Broadchurch) and Matt Smith (How to Catch a Monster) together as the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations of the Doctor, respectively – thus fulfilling the long tradition of Doctor Who anniversaries that unite past and present Doctors. Day of the Doctor goes a step further beyond that, placing screen legend John Hurt (Alien) front and center as a secret, “forbidden” version of the Doctor.

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Just as many have speculated in recent months, the preview seems to suggest that Hurt’s version of the Doctor is the one who initiated the cataclysm that ended the Time War – thus destroying the Time Lords. Audiences may see even more of the Time War than before, which has been directly glimpsed only in “The End of Time.”

Even more intriguingly, the preview shows off the return of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) to the series, looking rather cosmically powered. Could this be a glimpse of her all-too-brief flirtation with omnipotence (and freedom from the strictures of time) at the end of Christopher Eccleston’s tenure as Doctor?

For a preview not even a minute in length, this trailer packs in quite a bit of tantalizing material. All these questions and (hopefully) more will be answered when Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor premieres.


The BBC has released a second, more comprehensive trailer for The Day of the Doctor that shows off quite a bit more interaction between Tennant and Smith. Hints as to how this adventure fits into the Doctor’s own timeline – from the chaos of the Time War to the Tenth’s own adventures – abound. One thing is for certain: BBC is eager to start cranking the gears of the Hype Machine as hard as it can.

(Shout-out to commenter Chris for the head’s up!)


Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will be simulcast by BBC and BBC America on November 23rd, 2013. Select theaters in the US will show the episode in the following week.

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  1. AMAZING!!

  2. With the three Doctors converging in both time and space it might be necessary for the Bad Wolf to step in and “repair” the time vortex.

    • What if she causes it instead? :O

    • There have been more in one place before, actually. Several times, actually. I think they are all there because they have to seal off the daleks and the time lords in the great time war.

  3. Awesome! there will be another trailer tomorrow as well! hopefully that one will be a minute or so long. 2 WEEKS!!!

  4. Looking good!

  5. Nicholas James Reardon

    Dustin Seelinger

    • Can you not spam the comments section with peoples’ names please?

  6. Nicholas James Reardon

    Becca Crenna

  7. Mark Daniel Martinez

    Have you guys always tagging people in comments ever thought of just sharing the post on their profile, rather than spamming the comments sections with random names? Would be fewer clicks. Just a thought.

  8. Cindy Fay Wallin Hill

    i am excited cant waite to see it

  9. Jasmine Sosa

  10. It’s time for a big Dr. Who theatrical movie!!!

  11. There are no words to describe how excited I am for this.

  12. Saw it yesterday

  13. Dustin Seelinger

    Looks amazing.

  14. Rose is the Bad Wolf and she convinces the Doctor 8.1 to end the Time War,

    • I think Rose IS The Moment.

  15. amazing

  16. Not the one I saw…


  17. Wow, I’ve never seen people randomly post other people’s names on the comments section before. Looks weird. And very annoying.

    • Yeah, I hope that’s not the start of a new “thing”.

    • Dazz

      • Yeah, what is that? they’re not tagged or anything, so what is the point? I see people do it on Facebook, but there you can actually TAG people so they will see what you want them to see, here they are just filling up the comment section with nonsense.

  18. Mine is Bigger. That was hilarious.

  19. Could also be the doctor that was a piece of Tenant with Rose in the other dimension has come forth..

  20. What’s the running time of this?

    • 90 mins

  21. Also, do I have to be up to date on the last season to understand this movie?

    • I wouldn’t think so.

      I haven’t seen Doctor Who since Matt Smith’s second episode as The Doctor but so far, I have an idea what it’s about.

      They’ve been very secretive about why Hurt’s in it, what part he has to play, how Smith and Tennant get to meet face to face and all those questions will be answered in the show.

      • Also it’s not really a movie, just an extended episode.

        I guess we’re used to it in the UK because we’ve had drama shows with 3 episodes that lasted for 90 minutes per episode.

    • Yes, you absolutely need to see, at the very least, the Season/Series 7 Finale “The Name of the Doctor”. The entire 7th Season is a set up to this episode, starting with “Asylum of the Daleks”. Without seeing those episodes, not sure how anything in the story would make sense, especially who Hurt’s Doctor is and why exactly he is “different” from the others.

      “The Name of the Doctor” (Season 7 Finale), “The Day of the Doctor” (50th Anniversary Episode)and “The Fall of the Eleventh” (Christmas 2013 Special and Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor’s regeneration episode)are really more of a three part story than anything separate.

  22. I actually like Doctor Who…No matter who is the show runner. I have been ready for this ep a long time!
    Oh and there are more than three Doctors!