The good stuff just keeps coming as the BBC ramps up the excitement for the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO. Here’s a whole bunch of episodic and promotional photos for “The Day of the Doctor”:
Here are a handful of new promotional photos teasing the DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary story “The Day of the Doctor.”
This particular batch is notable for the clear looks at Billie Piper‘s Rose Tyler. This is definitely not the shopgirl that the Ninth Doctor met, nor is it the Rose the 10th Doctor knew. I think she comes from sometime after she was left on Pete’s World. And our assumption that she returns in this story with the 10th Doctor is wrong. Very wrong. She appears to be the companion of the Hurt Doctor, while 10 is traveling alone!
More photos to come!
The 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO story, “The Day of the Doctor” will be simulcast around the world on Nov. 23, and that means we in the USA will be able to watch it at 2:50 p.m. ET on BBC America.
To promote the event, BBC America has its own version of the trailer. It’s shorter, edited in a different order, and contains at least one new scene. as far as I can tell:
Mark your calendars and #SaveTheDay
Well, the BBC and Steven Moffat certainly made us wait long enough — but the patience of DOCTOR WHO fans has been richly rewarded, with three — count ’em, three — mind-blasting trailers with footage from the 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor.” Each one contains different scenes and they get progressively longer and more awesome and altered my consciousness and really, why are you reading this instead of watching?!?!?!?!
First, a very short teaser, “That’s Not Possible”:
Next, a 40-second clip:
And now the piece de la resistance, the 1:20 extended trailer!
If just the trailers melted my brain like a peek into The Untempered Schism, what will happen when the story itself actually airs? I may end up in a madhouse, like some gibbering H.P. Lovecraft character…
The BBC has confirmed that a new official trailer for “The Day of the Doctor” — one that contains actual footage from the 50th anniversary story itself — will premiere tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. on BBC One.
No word yet on whether our friends at BBC America here in the colonies will simulcast the trailer, as they did the announcement of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.
The Beeb also released four more new images from the anniversary story, including Joanna Page playing Queen Elizabeth I. Remember when David Tennant’s 10th Doctor told Ood Sigma that he married Good Queen Bess way back in “The End of Time Part 1”? And how she hated him and ordered her guards to kill him in “The Shakespeare Code”? Sounds like fun!
“The Day of the Doctor” will run about 76 minutes and be simulcast around the world on Nov. 23, exactly 50 years to the day after the very first episode was broadcast. It will also be seen in 3D in movie houses around the planet.
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We’ve heard that Matt Smith and David Tennant got on like a house afire while making the DOCTOR WHO anniversary story “The Day of the Doctor,” but how did newbie John Hurt fit in?
According to executive producer and writer Steven Moffat, as quoted by Radio Times, the Hurt Doctor stole the show:
“It was great fun. You’d have David and Matt, they’d be leaping around the set and doing every form of physical comedy with each other – and, you know, slightly competing about who could be slightly more insane than the other – and then John Hurt would come along and do this [tiny movement] with his eyes and you go ‘That’s it – he’s got the scene now, hasn’t he?’
John was delightful – delightfully grumpy in every single way. During our last meal [while filming] he got grumpy about the fact that he liked the wine! He’s not actually grumpy, he’s actually a really, really lovely man.”
It appears that DW executive producer Steven Moffat had such a chance — and vetoed the idea of a season featuring individual stories for each Doctor and three team-ups!
The idea came up during production of “The Day of the Doctor,” when Smith and Tennant were thick as thieves. Moffat tells the story:
“They got on like a couple of old women. They just stayed in the corner and gossiped the entire time. By the end of it, Matt told me that he’d worked out a plan that they’d both continue in DOCTOR WHO: ‘Do five individual episodes each and three together – would that be okay?’ It was a nice plan. I think if I had said yes they’d have gone for it.”
Wow, my mind boggles at the possibilities of a shared Doctor season — especially with these two iconic and strongly delineated Doctors. Moffat was probably too far along with development of series eight, and Peter Capaldi was already on his way, so Moffat probably thought it best not to push things back an entire year.
But… still… another year of Smith? Another year of Tennant? Fangasm!
Executive producer/lead writer Steven Moffat told the new issue of SFX magazine that DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” is going to change the direction of the series forever.
Moffat told the magazine:
“We’ve got to set the Doctor off in a brand new direction. It’s chapter two of his life. Now something happens to him that changes the way he thinks and the way he will adventure from now on. You can celebrate an anniversary in many ways – I think the most productive one within the narrative is to say “This is where the story really starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny.”
Now, how many times have we heard that promise from a TV producer, and sure, things change for an episode or two, but sooner or later the status quo is resurrected. Add to that the maxim “Moffat lies,” and we get a boast that should be taken with a grain of salt.
The BBC have release a few new photos from “The Day of the Doctor,” and they sure will do their job of getting fans excited about DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary story!
The new images feature Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, David Tennant as the 10th Doctor, and John Hurt as the ? Doctor, as well as Jenna-Loiuse Coleman as Clara and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart.
As if you need to be told, “The Day of the Doctor” will debut all around the globe on Nov. 23, 50 years to the day after the first episode aired.