Richard Goedegebuur Staff Writer
It’s a good thing the TARDIS is a lot bigger on the inside, or otherwise all the news about Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, or for that matter, the amount of actors rumoured to be involved, wouldn’t even nearly fit inside. Slightly less positive is that with all the information available so far, the details on the much anticipated 50th anniversary have become almost as complicated as the Time Vortex itself. Not to worry, though! We are there to summarise it all and rescue you from the confusion!
Let’s start with the most recent news: As Steven Moffat has said himself, “Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside,” which means that we will now be watching the anniversary special written by Moffat not in two dimensions, but in three dimensions!
This is not to be confused with Mark Gatiss’ contribution to the 50th anniversary, which will be a 90-minute long Doctor Who documentary, in which we will find out the entire back story of the creation of Doctor Who. Although this one-time episode will not be shown in 3D, there is no reason not to be excited, as Gatiss has original creator Waris Hussein by his side to council him, which should prove to be of great value!
The documentary, titled An Adventure in Space and Time, has started filming this month, and the first picture (as shown above) with ‘Harry Potter’ actor David Bradley as first Doctor William Hartnell has already been released. Unfortunately, this so called “docudrama” is scheduled to be broadcast in November, which means we will have to be patient for a very long time. That is something us Whovians are used to, though!
For those less familiar with the classic Doctor Who, there is a thrilling anniversary special to look forward to, which, as mentioned earlier, will be written by Steven Moffat and will be broadcasted in 3D, both on your tv and in (British?) cinemas. This story is separate from the documentary, and it will feature all eleven Doctors, with the first three Doctors, whose actors have unfortunately left us, to appear in flashbacks with the use of special effects.
This means that we might just be seeing Tom Baker, aged 79, put on the old scarf again to assist Matt’s eleventh incarnation in beating an unknown danger. How it will be done is still unclear, as we have seen the fourth incarnation of the Doctor regenerate with the face of a 47-year old, but it is safe to say that we are in for a couple of wonderful surprises!
Less is known about the reappearance of the old companions, and so far only Jenna-Louise Coleman has been (obviously) confirmed, but judging from interviews of for example John Barrowman (Jack Harkness), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), it seems they would all be very willing to make a reappearance if Steven Moffat decided to offer them the chance.
All in all, 2013 will be the year of the Whovians. November will bring us a documentary written by Mark Gatiss and a special written by Steven Moffat, and among all this excitement, we would almost forget about the 8 episodes we still have to look forward to in the next couple of months. As far away as November might still be, March 30th is closing in on us, and I honestly cannot wait!