‘Doctor Who’ Season 7.5 Premiere Date Set; New 50th Anniversary Rumors

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 7:48 am,

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Rumors Doctor Who Season 7.5 Premiere Date Set; New 50th Anniversary Rumors At the moment, few audiences have grown as restless as those for Doctor Who, a show only halfway through a seventh season that left off in the autumn of last year. The lengthy hiatus finds the series in flux, as it will return with a new overarching storyline, a familiar (and yet strange) face for a companion, a redesigned TARDIS, and even a retooled theme song. Were it not for BBC insisting that these new episodes are still part of season 7, one might believe that this is the opening of another season entirely.

It’s odd that showrunner Stephen Moffat – previously known for his meticulous set-up of season-long dramatic arcs – is going to take the series in such a new direction midway through season 7. However, it may be that Moffat is playing a larger game than it first appears. When Doctor Who returns to TV on Saturday, March 30th, he might actually be taking steps toward a mega-milestone set to take place later this year: Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary Special.

The Birmingham Mail shares the rumor that the festivities surrounding the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will include a television movie that will see the meeting of all eleven actors to portray the Doctor – even those who have died. The first three actors to pilot the TARDIS – William Hartnell, John Pertwee, and Patrick Troughton – may have passed away, but their images may be digitally inserted into the episode as part of flashback sequences.

Much of the speculation about a “reunion” episode featuring multiple Doctors is based on earlier anniversary specials in the same vein. In 1973, “The Three Doctors” brought together Pertwee and Troughton, with advice dispensed by archival footage of Hartnell. For the show’s 20th anniversary special, “The Five Doctors,” those two actors were joined by Peter Davison, a Hartnell stand-in (Richard Hurndall), and archive material of Tom Baker, who had refused to participate in the special. While no official episodes of Doctor Who were made for its 30th and 40th anniversaries – due to the fact the show was not airing at the time – the tradition continued with a BBC charity reunion and an radio show adventure, respectfully.

At this point, any kind of reunion of Doctors remains solidly in the realm of rumor. Many have tried to spin comments from more recent Doctors Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World) and David Tennant (Fright Night) into confirmation of their involvement of the special. However, neither actor – nor any of the six other living men who have portrayed the most famous Time Lord – has made a confirmation of any kind of multi-Doctor crossover.

Doctor Who Season 7 Clara and Friend Doctor Who Season 7.5 Premiere Date Set; New 50th Anniversary Rumors Nonetheless, we do know that some sort of 60-minute anniversary-themed special is set to air later this year, along with a documentary about the show’s inception, Doctor Who Revisited. Given that Moffat is obviously a man well-versed in all 50 years of Doctor Who lore (as evidenced by the recent revival of the Great Intelligence in last year’s Christmas Special), it’s not a stretch to assume he’s cooking up something big for the occasion. Given the show’s recent aesthetic changes – which include a new opening that harkens back to versions seen in the 1970s and 80s – one might be inclined to think that the canny Moffat is already gearing up for a full-on 50th Anniversary blowout.

Until we hear more about whether any previous Doctors will appear in the upcoming special, we have nothing to go on but the series itself. We at Screen Rant will definitely be inspecting every new episode of season 7 for hints that a multi-era Doctor Who reunion is in the cards.

Doctor Who will part the curtain of space and time on BBC and BBC America March 30, 2013.


Source: The Birmingham Mail

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  1. YAY!!!

    Of the new who episodes, the Stephen Moffit written stories are the best…… He’s very well steeped in DW lore. I’m looking forward to the second half of season 7.

    My favorite new who Doctor?
    Matt Smith

    My favorite classic who Doctor?
    Tom Baker

  2. Frankly, given how they were able to secure at least some of the former Doctors for many of the previous anniversary specials, I’d be surprised if they couldn’t bring in a familiar face or two for this one.

    But I really hope that they don’t let the whole ‘anniversary special’ part of the celebration bog down this episode, the way Christmas themes sometimes bog down those specials. I’m sure it’s possible to create a story that can involve multiple Doctors without contriving too much or bending over backwards just for the sake of including them in the story – and if anyone’s good at those timey-wimey storylines that we’ll need to bring more than one Doctor in the room, it’s Moffat. So, fingers crossed…

  3. I look forword to seeing this when it hits DVD. I just got into Doctor who and I’m loving every Min of it camp and all. I’m on Season 3 and have at least 3 seasons to catch up on and specials to boot. So I have plenty of who to keep me busy until then.

    :) Maybe we can see Rose make a return?

  4. They should make a 90-minute tv episode for the 50th. that would be something new and awesome! The longest DW ep ever of the newers series was The end of time part 2 at 75 minutes i believe. and that felt like a mini movie so it would be awesome to see a feature length ep of that scale.

  5. If the Moff does have something planned, he his doing something he’s normally horrible at…keeping it a secret.
    Just as an minor correction, The Three Doctors episode was filmed with new footage shot of William Hartnell. However, all of his footage was shot before the rest of the episode and presented on the Tardis’ viewing screen. Hartnell’s poor health prevented him from playing the part as originally written.

  6. I would be SOOOOOO happy if Eccleston came back for the anniversary, hes mah favorite :)

  7. Why they still calling it SEASON 7 wonders me !!!
    It’s SEASON 8 !!! They tricked us into believing its Season 7 but for this we should have at least 16 eps a year ! Before we had at least 12 to 13 eps a year ! Now just 5 ,6 or 7 !! Cheaters !

    To Moffat,he is a good story teller,but not a good show runner !
    And recently he is so busy with lots of other stuff that his focus on who has been low. You really can feel it in the eps !

    Russel for me was a much better show runner,and he had the Human touch in the show that Moffat is missing !

    • I really hope that you’re kidding… the episodes that start up on March 30th are still part of Series 7. Have you never heard of a show having a mid-season? Having the season cut in half is better for the show and fans. It gives more time for writing/filming and it will also give the fans something to look forward to. The way I see it, Moffat has done a great job with Doctor Who. The first half of Series 7 was not lacking at all. And that “human touch” that you say Moffat is missing? It’s there, just not as prominent as RTD had it. Also, if you want to get a point across without seeming like and idiot, try to use proper grammar and don’t have exclamations after every sentence.

      • I know you are replying to the above person but am responding anyway. I think he definitely has a ‘human touch’ for sure. I just have a problem with the direction some of the series arcs have taken and of how he has developed certain characters. For the most part, I think he’s a brilliant writer. I just feel a lot more disconnected from the show since he took over but it doesn’t keep me from watching (though I do really need to catch up).

    • I really dunno why you’re acting like they cheated you out of your money or something. It was a mid-season break, lots of people don’t like it, but it wasn’t for lack of a reason, so quit being childish.

      And why can’t people just like the showrunners or the Doctors that they like? Why must we always rip apart the others in order to say what we like is better? I like Tennant but I don’t have to knock on Matt Smith for it (and I like Matt Smith). I like Moffat more than RTD but I appreciate what RTD could do really well, and I don’t have to slam him childishly just to enjoy Moffat’s work.

      • Yeah, I don’t like how Doctor Who fans tend to rip others apart for their preferences either. It makes me stay far away from fan forums for the most part. I also like all the Doctors for different reasons. Matt Smith had to grow on me but I think that is to be expected after 4 years of loving another actor playing the role.

    • I totally agree. I’ve had a hard time feeling connected to the most recent seasons. There have been some fantastic episodes since Moffat took over, but it just doesn’t grab me the way that it did when Russell was running things…I also have a problem with a few things Moffat has done with the characters (River for instance). He’s a great storyteller overall, but he’ll never be my favorite choice as show runner, based on seasons 5 and 6. I still haven’t seen any of 7 yet.

      • I am looking forward to seeing what he does with the reunion special though of course. I almost don’t want any of the companions from the Russell T. Davies era to come back because I wouldn’t want Moffat to ruin them for me. Just almost though – would really love to see them all back, especially Rose and Donna.
        Definitely hoping for Tennant and Eccleston.

  8. With Stephen Moffatt nothing is set in stone until you see the actual result. His overlong story arcs, and his extreme overuse of macguffins in Doctor Who waters down the series. Matt Smith deserves better writers.
    However, Moffatt’s work in Sherlock is way better and more consistent than in Doctor Who.

  9. The problem with doctor who is that each doctor had their own personality until tom baker.

    After that each doctor is trying to do the tom baker personality.

    The doctor is not always wacky.

  10. Bring it on! This should be good.

  11. I sure hope that all 11 Doctors do appear in this coming season of Doctor Who. That would be awesome. :-)

    Now that we got rid of those blasted Ponds who constantly made the 11th Doctor look like an idiot and, at times, a jerk, the 11th Doctor can shine on his own and the series can move on to greener pastures of creativity.

    Speaking of which, bring back the Time Lords, please. If the Daleks can escape the Last Great Time War, then why can’t the Time Lords do the same?

  12. Cant Wait But When Does In Premier In Australia?

    • 1 week after british as usual

  13. I think that Tom Baker should return for the 50th anniversary even though he’s 78 years old currently, he is much loved by the fans plus alot of the who fans would be sad if he did not at least make an appearence (personally me) because he refused to return to the show for the 20th anniversary. I also think that David Tennant should return to the show. Anotehr thing is that I think RTD should help write the script and film because in season two through season four you can really sense the lonliness. The last thing is since Elisabeth Sladen is dead that Billie Piper should return because besides Elisabeth Sladen she is my favorite companion of all time.

  14. and a pity they were perfect together
    river and the eleventh doctor a couple breathtaking
    we would have views of the beautiful
    with two brilliant minds so
    river and the doctor thinks for a bit if they had children
    of children with a higher than normal intelligence
    would have been even greater than their rocking
    I wish that Steven Moffat took all this into consideration
    we’ll see
    you never know he is so unpredictable

    it would be fantastic
    I will not even
    that this pair
    river and the doctor to separate

    river and the eleventh doctor
    to imitate a pair ready to give our lives for one another
    for me this is true love