Saturday 23rd November 1963 was the day that Doctor Who first came to our screens. Planned for 5:15pm, the episode of An Unearthly Child came out exactly eighty-seconds late, due to the assassination of American President John F Kennedy. But this tragic event did not in anyway damage the effect that Doctor Who would leave on every single soul who watched.
50 years later, we are all still watching the show we love. The show about an alien who travels in time and space in his ‘bigger on the inside’ spaceship, with his faithful companions. No matter how many times he changes his face, we are still gripped to the show and stare in awe at the brilliance and excellence that every actor to have taken the role under their wing, gives us.
It is a show that changed non-stop, with new episodes, new monsters, new Tardis’, new companions and new Doctors. But it is never the end of any of these. Especially as Doctor Who is 50!
After millions of rumours from various sources, the BBC have confirmed that previous Doctor, David Tennant and his Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper, will return for the celebration, alongside current Doctor and companion The Eleventh Docotor (Matt Smith) and Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).
The special is confirmed to have been written by head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat and will feature a stellar-cast.
John Hurt will co-star as ‘The Forgotten Doctor’, with Jemma Redgrave returning to the role of the Brigadiers daughter, Kate Stewart. Also confirmed to guest star in the blockbuster special is actress Joanna Page as Queen Elizabeth I, Ingrid Oliver, Ken Bones and Orlando James.
Directed by Nick Hurran (DW: The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, Asylum Of The Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan), filming has took place in many locations, including Neath, Wales on 2 April 2013, Trafalgar Square, London on 9 April 2013, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales and in Chepstow Castle on 17 April 2013 and Cardiff, which also includes scenes at Totter’s Lane and Coal Hill School, which featured in the very first episode in 1963 and in the 1988 serial, Remembrance Of The Daleks. Filming for the special was completed on Sunday 5th May 2013.
Not much is known about the anniversary special, except that it is also in 3D and that is to air on the show’s actual 50th birthday, Saturday 23rd November 2013.
Speculation on how long the special will air is still up in the air, with rumours suggesting it is 60 minutes and the shows head writer claiming it is to be longer.
Whatever happens, we won’t be disappointed for sure.