‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Movie; Season 7 Christmas Special Set Photos

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:59 am,

Doctor Who Movie Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Movie; Season 7 Christmas Special Set Photos

At Comic-Con 2012, Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat promised a 50th anniversary season full of surprises and special opportunities to look back at half a century of The Doctor on TV. In addition to the usual twists, turns, guest appearances, and wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, we’ve already heard confirmation of BBC America’s plan to air four Doctor Who-themed “specials” that reflect on the show’s most memorable ladies, locations, and science.

However, we’re now getting word that a full 90 minute “drama film” is also being planned but, before anyone gets too excited about a Matt Smith-starring feature movie, An Adventure In Space And Time will actually follow the creation of the iconic character – not add to The Doctor’s adventures.

Doctor Who first aired on November 23, 1963, and instead of the usual making-of documentary, BBC is opting to present the show’s story in dramatic form – penned by current Doctor Who and Sherlock scribe, Mark Gatiss. According to the writer, the behind-the-scenes story of Doctor Who mirrors the titular character’s penchant for underdogs who do great things:

“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original.”

According to the BBC report, the show will also focus on the first Doctor, William Hartnell – who, prior to his quirky Time Lord days, was known for “tough-guy” roles (starting with Sergeant Ned Fletcher in The Way Ahead).

Speaking about An Adventure In Space And Time, Gatiss went on to explain:

“I’ve wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who’s 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true.”

After recently dispelling rumors of that a Doctor Who feature is in the works, Moffat was equally enthusiastic about the upcoming TV-movie:

“The story of Doctor Who is the story of television – so it’s fitting in the anniversary year that we make our most important journey back in time to see how the Tardis was launched.”

An Adventure In Space And Time should also add to the “Classic Series” profile – given that recent Doctor Who converts usually start with Russell T Davies reboot era (first starring Christopher Eccleston). For many, the idea of tackling the older series (which includes 26 seasons – and several hundred episodes) is an overly-daunting task – especially since the 2005 reboot does a solid job of teaching newbie Who fans about the show’s larger universe. Although, after An Adventure In Space And Time, it’s likely that some viewers will be tempted to have a look at the show’s earlier episodes as well.

That said, some fans might be too busy for reminiscent looks back and for anyone anxiously awaiting Doctor Who season 7, we’ve also provided a sneak peek at the show’s 2012 Christmas Special – which is set to introduce The Doctor’s new companion, Clara (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman), as well as bring back some fan-favorite non-human faces.

Check out the Doctor Who season seven Christmas Special set photos below – which contain MILD SPOILERS (thanks to Coming Soon):


In case you haven’t been following prior Doctor Who set photo coverage, the pictures feature (in order): Clara (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman), actress Liz White (BBC’s Life on Mars), actor Tom Ward (Silent Witness), Jenny (played by Catrin Stewart), as well as Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and Strax (Dan Starkey). The latter three characters were most recently featured in season six, episode seven of the series, “A Good Man Goes to War.”

It’ll definitely be interesting to see how Clara is introduced to the show, especially if she’s from an entirely different time period (noting the Victorian era clothing). Most companions are from the “present” – to act as relatable stand-ins for the audience. Of course, it’s certainly possible that the 19th-Century setting is merely the first stop in the character’s adventures – not her place of origin.


Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for more Doctor Who coverage as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

Doctor Who season 7 premieres autumn (late-August/September) on BBC and BBC America. In the meantime, check out our Doctor Who Viewing Guide: Tips, Suggestions & Complete Episode List!

Source: BBC and Coming Soon

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  1. Sounds good. I’m in.

  2. Does anyone know if there has ever been a Dr. Who episode that included one or more of the previous actors who played the doctor in a cameo role? I think it would be interesting if they would do a show or movie with all the surviving former doctors in it, obviously in other roles.

    • in the old doctor who episodes there was an episode called “the three doctors” that featured the first 3 doctors, later there was an episode called “the five doctors” that featured the 2nd-5th doctors (i believe the actor playing the 1st doctor had passed away before the episode was made so they recast him). so it has happened in the past and i would LOVE it if they did it now with christopher and david tennant.

      • Thanks. I’ll have to see if I can find these episodes on the internet somewhere, as I would love to see them.

        • There was also a “Two Doctors” episode with Colin Baker and Patrick Troughton. It featured the Sontarans.

      • Not to mention “Arc of Infinity” where the sixth doctor plays a guard who shoots the fifth. (Not that the sixth doctor was actually a doctor then).

    • He wasn’t a previous Doctor but a future one, but Colin Baker did play a Guard on Galifrey before he was the Doctor when Peter Davison’s Doctor was on his home world back in the 80′s. I think it’s the one and only time that comes close to what you’re asking

  3. that wouldve been awesome if they released a 90 minute tv movie for the 50th. I mean, “voyage of the damned” was 72 minutes long so it was almost a tv movie. I think it would be awesome to have a 90 minute special.

    • Does ‘The End of Time’ two-parter count? When combined, it’s over two hours long.

  4. Enough is ENOUGH! I have had it with these m*therf*ck*n’ dinosaurs on this m*therf*ck*n’ spaceships! Everybody strap in! (extracts his sonic screwdriver) I’m about to open some f*ck*n’ airlocks.

  5. The three doctors and the five doctors are not episodes but movies pretty cool

  6. And since it wasn’t mentioned above, there was also “The Two Doctors”, featuring the 6th and 2nd. Note that in both “The Five Doctors” and “The Two Doctors” old companions also returned.

  7. If I remember correctly the 6th doctor was guest actor during an episode for the 5th doctor.

  8. Can’t wait.

  9. There was also a TV special, not an episode, made with multiple doctors to benefit charity. They had the 3rd doctor as a co-host, They had I think the 3rd through the 7th doctors staring with some of their companions. Susan the doctors grand daughter was in it, also sara-Jane, Romana, and many others. Some were mixed and matched with different doctors than the ones they were originally in the show with.

    As I recall the special starts with a message from the 4th docotr (Backer) saying that a evil time lord called the Ranni is trying to destroy them and that they should protect themselves. You can probably find this on youtube.

    Oh just a point, Tom Backer didn’t actually star in the five doctors movie, they reused some old show footage. So in truth the only original actors in it are the 2nd, 3rd and 5th doctors, since the 1st was recast. As far as I know Tom Backer only reprized the role of the 4th doctor for the charity tv special I mentioned.

  10. Can’t wait. It will be nice to see UNIT back.

  11. i would really like to see the return of sgt benton or other members of unit. but especially benton. i’d love to see him as an old guy.

  12. Quirky people making a TV show? That’s what the fans get for the 50th!,,? Major meh. Give me classic tie ins, multi doctors a little cheese whiz. I know I know tough guy William Hartnell is hip with the kids today, but seriously? This is such a let down.

    • An Adventure in Time and Space isn’t the ONLY thing BBC is doing for the Doctor’s 50th, it’s just one of many. There WILL be an actual 50th anniversary of the show, and it will also most likely be a 90 minute feature-length special. So keep your chin up

  13. Look up on line “Doctor Who – Time Crash”. They made a quick TV special staring David Tenant the 10th doctor and the actor who played the 5th doctor. The 5th doctor, Nessa and Tegan are traveling and encounter a time something or other and their TARDIS intersects with the 10th doctors TARDIS right after the doctor says goodbuy to Martha after they defeated the Master. This happens just before the TARDIS is hit by the space ship Titanic in the Christmas special. The two doctors work together to solve the problem. It’s very short but at the same time a lot of fun for people who like old and new Doctor Who.