‘Doctor Who’ composer discusses ‘controversial’ 50th anniversary episode

The 'movie-length' special will be shown on BBC One and in cinemas on November 23

Doctor Who composer Murray Gold has spoken about the show’s eagerly-anticipated 50th anniversary episode in a new interview.

“There’s some really interesting things to say about [the 50th anniversary episode] but I can’t say them,” Gold teased, talking to Den of Geek. “It’s very, very well-directed. There’s a thing they’ve done in it, which might be controversial… It’s interesting though.”

Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special is set to air on BBC One on November 23 and will be shown in cinemas across the UK at the same time. Executive producer Steven Moffat (pictured right) has confirmed that, though the episode’s precise running time has yet to be decided, “you could call it movie-length”.

In addition to current companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, star Matt Smith will be joined for the episode by his Doctor Who predecessor David and popular former companion Billie Piper.

Smith announced last month (June) that he will be leaving the show at the end of this year (2013) and viewers will see his Doctor regenerate during the upcoming Christmas special. According to a recent report, his successor is “almost certain” to be announced just before filming begins on the Christmas special in August or September.

Rory Kinnear, best known for playing MI6 officer Bill Tanner in the last two Bond movies, had been bookies’ favourite to succeed him, but recently ruled himself out. Other actors linked to the iconic role include Ben Daniels (House Of Cards), Dominic Cooper (The History Boys), David Harewood (Homeland) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The West Wing).