‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary special plot details revealed

Extra-long birthday episode will be shown on TV and in over 200 UK cinemas on November 23

The BBC has released an official plot synopsis for Doctor Who‘s forthcoming 50th anniversary special.

The anniversary episode is called The Day Of The Doctor and has an extra-long running time of 75 minutes. The show’s current stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman will be joined for the episode by popular former Timelord David Tennant and companion Billie Piper, as well as by John Hurt.

The plot synopsis teases: “The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.”

The Day Of The Doctor will air on BBC One on November 23 at the same time it is shown in 3D in over 200 UK cinemas, as well as in cinemas in the US, Canada, Germany and Russia – further details here.

The BBC is also celebrating Doctor Who‘s 50th birthday with a wide range of special programmes including a BBC Two lecture by Dr Brian Cox on the science behind the series, a Doctor Who-themed episode of The Culture Show and An Adventure In Space And Time, a one-off BBC Two drama penned by Mark Gatiss about the creation of the series in the early ’60s. Meanwhile, BBC Four will broadcast a restored version of An Unearthly Child, Doctor Who‘s first ever adventure from 1963.

In addition, BBC Three has sifted through the archives for Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide and is planning a Doctor Who: Monsters And Villains Weekend featuring a countdown to the show’s best-loved baddie. Further special programmes will air on CBBC and BBC radio. Watch the BBC’s trailer for its Doctor Who 50th anniversary programming below.