In what is certainly Doctor Who’s biggest year yet – how many sci-fi TV shows make it to 50? – the BBC has finally announced exactly what we’ll be getting to celebrate the world’s most loved time traveller.
Firstly we now know the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special will be screened on BBC 1 in 3D as well as a limited release in selected cinemas (that worries us) and will be called The Day Of The Doctor. It will star Matt Smith and David Tennant as well as John Hurt, all playing The Doctor. This will air on Saturday November 23rd, 2013.
Mark Gatiss’ docudrama, An Adventure In Space And Time, will also air that weekend an dwill chronicle the birth of the show.
We will also get a BBC Two lecture from Professor Brian Cox about the science behind the show, BBC Four will be doing a re-run of the series’ first story, An Unearthly Child, which will be broadcast in a restored format for the first time.
BBC Two’s The Culture Show will have a special episode called Me, You And Doctor Who, where host Sweet will dig into the cultural impact of the show. BBC Radio 2 will also have a special 90 minute documentary called Who Is The Doctor?
In other related news, Doctor Who won two TV Choice Awards: Best Drama Series and a special Outstanding Contribution Award in honour of the show’s 50th anniversary at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Monday, 9th September. The Best Drama Series category was decided by viewers. And in a slightly related note, David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor, won Best Actor for his role in Broadchurch.
Full schedule of the anniversary events can be found here (be warned though, this link has been dead for the last while if it changes we’ll update it).