Surprise ‘Doctor Who’ mini-episode starring Paul McGann appears online – watch

Seven-minute short film whets the appetite for this month's 50th anniversary special

The BBC has released a surprise mini-episode of Doctor Who called The Night Of The Doctor as a teaser for this month’s 50th anniversary special. Watch it below.

The seven-minute short film stars Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, whose only previous appearance as the Time Lord came in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. “On the eve of his most terrible battle, the Time Lord is faced with a choice that will change the course of his life,” a synopsis for the mini-episode teases. “The darkest of days are about to begin.”

Doctor Who‘s eagerly-anticipated anniversary special 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 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.


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