Doctor Who 50 - Daleks
Doctor Who 50th anniversary special - Daleks are back for the 50th Anniversary ©2013 BBC

Today it have been announced that the Daleks will be appearing in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special due for screening on November 23rd, 2013.

Doctor Who 50 - Daleks
Daleks are back for the 50th Anniversary ©2013 BBC

We already knew that the Zygon’s, who first appeared in an early Tom Baker’s Doctor story, would be reprising their evil ways. Also known was that David Tennant’s Doctor and companion Billie Piper would be appearing.

The Daleks first appeared in the second Doctor Who story with the producer Verity Lambert apparently ignoring the BBC’s Head of Drama Sydney Newman instruction for ‘no bug eyed monsters’. Along with first Doctor Who actor William Hartnell they where responsible for the show’s early success.

John Hurt, in a surprise move of last season, will also be playing the Doctor. It is not know exactly how he fits in but seems likely that it has something to do with the Timewar with the Doctor’s people the Timelords and the Daleks. The BBC have released three pictures of the Daleks reeking destruction. Fan’s will note that these are the more of less original design Daleks’s rather than the much hated fat colourful one’s seen in more recent stories.

Actor David Spencer dies

On a sad note the actor David Spenser has died aged 79. David appeared in in the 1967 Doctor Who story The Abominable Snowmen, playing the young Tibetan Monk Thonmi, helping the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) fight the Great Intelligence. In 1987 he formed Saffron Productions Ltd with his long-term partner Victor Pemberton (who invented the Sonic Screwdriver for the Doctor Who story Fury from the Deep). We wish Victor all the best at this sad time.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special – Official Information

Doctor Who 50 - Daleks
Doctor Who 50th anniversary special – ©2013 BBC

The Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt will battle the deadly Daleks in the show’s 50th anniversary special, the BBC announces.

Returning to BBC One on 23 November, the highly anticipated adventure will star Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, David Tennant, Billie Piper, John Hurt and Joanna Page. In a surprise twist in the recent series finale it was revealed John Hurt would be playing a Doctor, alongside Smith and Tennant.

The Daleks are the second monster to be announced for the 50th and will join the shape shifting Zygons, which have only appeared in the show once before in 1975. The Daleks were one of the first monsters to terrify audiences in 1963, 50 years ago, cementing their place in British popular culture.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said: “The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should facing the greatest enemies of all.”

The 50th anniversary special was shot earlier this year at BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and across South Wales. Filming also took place at the Tower of London as well as in Trafalgar Square for a huge stunt, which saw Matt Smith dangling from a TARDIS alongside Nelson’s Column.


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online