BBC announces Doctor Who 50th anniversary 3D special

'It's about time,' says showrunner Steven Moffat

Doctor Who will have a 3D special to celebrate its 50-year anniversary, the BBC has announced.

To mark 50 years since the show began in November 1963, a full episode of the BBC sci-fi drama will be shot in 3D for the first time ever. The episode will be part of a series of special events to celebrate the show’s achievement.

Confirming the news on their Official BBC ONE Twitter, the broadcaster said: “As part of the 50th Doctor Who celebrations, we’ll be broadcasting the Time Lord and his TARDIS in 3D for the first time!”

Showrunner Steven Moffat added: “It’s about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.”

The BBC has previously commissioned a Doctor Who biopic for the show’s 50th anniversary. The one-off 90-minute drama will “tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963”. It promises to “explore all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date,” while also “looking at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life”.

Titled An Adventure In Space And Time, the biopic, written by current Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, will air on BBC Two in November this year (2013).