Birthday episode called 'The Day Of The Doctor' will be shown on TV and in cinemas on November 23
The trailer for Doctor Who‘s forthcoming 50th anniversary special is to be unveiled tomorrow (Saturday November 9).
The trailer will premiere just before 8pm on BBC One, a message on Doctor Who‘s official Facebook page confirmed. The anniversary episode, which is set to air on November 23, 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 BBC has recently revealed a plot synopsis for the anniversary special, which 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.