‘Day of the Doctor’: ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary poster unveiled

Sept. 10, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.
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"Doctor Who" has clocked more than 50 years, transporting fans through time and space on remarkable adventures. Here's a look back at the Time Lord's regenerations over the years. (BBC)

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Sylvester McCoy played the Seventh Doctor from 1987 until the show's cancellation in 1989.

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Matt Smith has played the Eleventh Doctor -- the Time Lord's current incarnation -- since 2010. (BBC)

A newly unveiled poster for the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special reveals its title — “The Day of the Doctor” — and offers a glimpse of the much-anticipated episode.

“The Day of the Doctor” will be a feature-length episode, clocking in at 75 minutes, and is slated to air Nov. 23. In an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks, BBC Worldwide is orchestrating a worldwide simulcast in 200 countries, including the U.S.



The special stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and newcomer John Hurt.

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Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale. Fan speculation abounds on whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether.

Smith and Tennant, of course, played the 11th and 10th incarnations of the Doctor, respectively. Piper portrayed fan-favorite traveling companion Rose Tyler, the first female lead after the show’s 2005 reboot.

When Tennant and Piper appear alongside Smith and Jenna Coleman (who plays new companion Clara Oswald), it will be the first time the pair reprise their roles since 2010′s “The End of Time.” In that final heartbreaking episode, Tennant’s Doctor bid farewell to his friends and regenerated into Smith’s Doctor.

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The poster features all three Doctors, as well as a peek at some iconic “Doctor Who” imagery — “Bad Wolf” graffiti, Gallifreyan etchings, the TARDIS, an exploding Dalek and what appears to be the Trenzalore graveyard.

The special marks Smith’s penultimate appearance as the Doctor after he announced earlier this year that he is leaving the show following the Christmas special. Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has been named as Smith’s successor.

“50 years has turned ‘Doctor Who’ from a television show into a cultural landmark,” said the show’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat in a news release. “Personally I can’t wait to see what it becomes after a hundred.”

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3 Responses to ‘Day of the Doctor’: ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary poster unveiled

  1. newman says:

    i am Guessing but John Hurt i think might be the old Doctor who relates back to shutting the Time war from the Time Portal, having a red screwdriver shows some sort of evil about him so this may be, like the ending of David Tenant's Doctor, An evil at the end of the time war. This could then join onto the Old Doctor from The Parallel universe Coming back with rose after seeing the bad things that this doctor from past does in the Parallel Universe. they cant have John hurt playing a good guy, there is already too much lovey dovey, it needs to become darker and more death.

  2. Belle says:

    they should have a degeneration! David Tenent, agian. wooooo! i love David! <3

  3. dirac6955 says:

    I think David Tennant as "Alterna-Who" would be Brilliant!

    Easily explains the return of Rose, and provides a nice follow up, and reason why only that Doctor could join forces with the current Doctor.

    In an interesting "Twist" the current Doctor could regenerate into Tennant's Doctor exactly because he isn't really a Time Lord.. and regain the power of regeneration.. sort of a reset.

    It is certainly an interesting direction to take.

    At the very least how would Tennant's Human Doctor have gotten along in the parallel Universe?

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