Doctor Who – 50th Anniversary Special - The Day of the Doctor
Doctor Who, 50th Anniversary Special "The Day of the Doctor" - The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Doctor (John Hurt) in the TARDIS ©2013 BBC

With just over five weeks to go for the screening of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special BBC America have released the first character pictures from the almost movie length program.

Fans will no doubt note a red topped silver stick being carried by John Hurt’s Doctor, is this his sonic screwdriver?

We also have Clara (Jenna Coleman) with Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) the daughter of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart better known simply as the Brigadier. Fan’s will also note that the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) is pictured in his own TARDIS.

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The centerpiece of BBC America’s celebrations of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary will be the special anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, premiering on Saturday, November 23. The BBC confirmed the anniversary special will be feature length with 75 minutes of adventure.

The Day of the Doctor stars Matt Smith (How to Catch a Monster), David Tennant (Broadchurch), Jenna Coleman (Dancing on the Edge), with Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien).

This is the first time David Tennant and Billie Piper have appeared in the series since their farewells in 2010. The special will be a celebration for long-time fans and an opportunity for those new to the series to jump onboard. The Day of the Doctor premieres Saturday, November 23, 2013.

Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, said: “The Day of the Doctor is nearly here! Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now.”

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

BBC America will announce additional 50th Anniversary programming plans in the coming weeks.

Colin Davies

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