Everything You Need to Know About Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

The BBC  is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in big ways.

Last night kicked off the first edition of “Doctor Who Revisited”  on BBC America. For once a month all year, they will show a complete  special starring each Doctor, starting last night with “The Aztecs”  featuring the first Doctor William Hartnell. But don’t be disappointed  if you missed it – Netflix has the specials for all of the Doctors except  Eight. It should be a fun way to introduce the world of Doctor Who to those without Netflix, though! And how cool  will it be to watch the show evolve from a children’s series with an  obviously low production value and cheap special effects to the heavily  CGI-assisted show we all know and love today?

But that’s not all. Rumor is Steven Moffat has agreements from all  previous still-living Doctors to appear in the 50th anniversary special.  And thanks to that aforementioned CGI, they have even resurrected Hartnell,  Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee. No word on what former companions,  if any, will appear.

This will not be the first time more than one Doctor has appeared  on screen together. The 10th anniversary was celebrated with “The  Three Doctors” and the 20th with “The Five Doctors.”  The 30th anniversary, which happened in 1993, after the show had been  canceled, found Pertwee (Three), Tom Baker (Four), Peter Davison (Five),  Colin Baker (Six), and Sylvester McCoy (Seven) in a charity crossover  episode of EastEnders.

According to a banner the BBC Worldwide posted at the 2013 London  Toy Fair, there’s still more they will be doing to observe the anniversary.  The TV programming will be as follows:

  • Series 7 Part 2 (eight episodes/Spring 2013)
  • 50th anniversary special (60 minutes/Fall 2013)
  • An Adventure in Space and Time (90 minutes/Fall   2013)
  • “Doctor Who Revisited” (11 episodes x   25 minutes/monthly)

Further activity throughout the year:

  • Launch of Doctor Who website in January
  • A “Doctor per month” retail campaign on Amazon and Forbidden   Planet
  • Monthly British Film Institute screenings and Q&A sessions at   BFI
  • Royal Mail stamps in March
  • Major presence at Comic-Con in San Diego
  • Partnering with the Science Museum on co-branded products and activities

The 50th anniversary special airs November 23 and Doctor Who returns March 30 with the episode “Phantom of the Hex.”


  1. VeronicaJanuary 28th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    If I don’t manage to get a ticket for SDCC this year, I will cry myself to death.

  2. MegMeg1116January 28th, 2013 at 1:39 pm


    I HAD heard that there was confirmation on Billie Piper being involved. Was this just rumor or a wonderfully true fact? 🙂

  3. MegMeg1116January 28th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I would also like to second Veronica’s sentiment about this years SDCC 🙂

  4. JamesJanuary 28th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Obviously low production values? Despite its lack of whiz-bang CGI, the classic series is still made brilliantly. Its greatness comes from the fact it does not rely on impressive effects to draw in viewers. Yeah, the first 2 Doctors are in black and white, but drama defines a programme, not the colours its in.
    The acting is fantastic, the model shots are great (check out the Dalek’s Master-plan Part 2 if you don’t believe me) and for a 1960s family show, the production values are pretty damn high.
    Rock on Classic Who!

  5. marcusJanuary 28th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    You forgot the coins from New Zealand and the year long comic series Prisoners of Time.

  6. portia31January 29th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Still wondering how they managed to convince Eccleston to come back, if they’ve actually managed it. He has been so difficult about the whole show for so long – I’d love to have been a fly on the wall for the conversation where he finally gave in and agreed to do it again!

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