"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)Link
William Hartnell, right, played the First Doctor from 1963 to 1966. (Getty Images)Link
Patrick Troughton played the Second Doctor from 1966 to 1969. (BBC)Link
Jon Pertwee played the Third Doctor from 1970 to 1974. (Evening Standard / Getty Images)Link
Tom Baker, center, played the Fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981. (BBC)Link
Peter Davison played the Fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984 (BBC)Link
Colin Baker played the Sixth Doctor from 1984 to 1986. (BBC)Link
Sylvester McCoy played the Seventh Doctor from 1987 until the show's cancellation in 1989.Link
Paul McGann played the Eighth Doctor in 1996. (BBC)Link
Christopher Eccleston played the Ninth Doctor in 2005. (SyFy)Link
David Tennant played the Tenth Doctor from 2005 to 2010. (BBC)Link
Matt Smith has played the Eleventh Doctor -- the Time Lord's current incarnation -- since 2010. (BBC)Link
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.
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.
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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