Multiple specials for ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary?

Showrunner Steven Moffat suggests big plans for 2013

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that the show’s 50th anniversary will feature multiple specials.

The sci-fi show reaches its half-century in 2013 and speculation has been rife about what will feature in the special anniversary episode, with many calling for a reunion of previous Doctors.

But Moffat has now told The Scotsman that plans are bigger than that.

He said: “Why talk in the singular? The plans are at a very early stage, but we have some very clear ideas about some of the things that we’re doing, and I think Doctor Who fans and kids will think it’s the best thing ever. We’ve got a load of very big plans – the mere fact that we’re talking about this two years before the event should tell you how seriously we’re taking it.”

What is now certain is that the 50th will not feature fan favourites Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill whose departures were announced last week.

Moffat also once again rubbished reports that a planned Doctor Who movie will ‘reboot’ the story from its TV origins and start again: “It’s completely inaccurate! There’s nothing there. I mean it would be lovely, yes. If anything, the only good bit about this is it might actually focus our minds on thinking that we actually should do a film.”

The reports came from a comment by Harry Potter director David Yates, who had claimed to be involved. Moffat continued: “It’s not going to be a different version of Doctor Who with two different Doctors at the same time. Of course not, we’re not that silly. That would be no way to run a franchise, would it? I’d love it to happen, but that version you heard was just a guy getting cornered on the red carpet and not really being on-message.”

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Christmas Day with The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe. Watch a special prequel below.