UPDATE: Thanks to BBC America we not only have a running time, and title confirmation, but we HAVE A POSTER!
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[Ugh. You guys. It says Bad Wolf. Excuse me while I go sob under my desk. - Leah]
Earlier today, the BBC finally gave us a sliver of information on what to expect in the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special.
Okay, so sliver may be a broad term. Generous even. Morsel, pinch, dab, flake, snippet, speck: just take your pick. Still it is something. So, what do we know? Well, for starters, the special will be 75 minutes in length, exceeding the show’s usual hour-long slot. io9 reports that it will be subtitled The Day of the Doctor.
BBC also announced some of its 50th Anniversary programming plans and confirmed more will be announced soon:
Other highlights include a BBC Two lecture by Professor Brian Cox on the science behind the hit show and the drama An Adventure In Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss.
The one-off programme stars David Bradley, of the Harry Potter films, as William Hartnell – who was the first Doctor in 1963.
BBC Four will introduce new audiences to Hartnell, with a re-run of the first ever story. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.
BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show is to present Me, You and Doctor Who, with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama.
A 90-minute documentary on BBC Radio 2 will ask “Who Is The Doctor?” – using newly-recorded interviews and exclusive archive material to find an answer – while BBC Three will be home to several commissions.
In somewhat-related-but-perhaps-unrelated-we-really-have-no-clue-what-this-means news, former Doctors Peter Davidson, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy have been seen protesting (?!) outside BBC headquarters with signs that say “No Classics? No 50th!” and “Have a heart, Classic Doctors want a part!”
For real? Gimmick? Plot-twist? AU? Who knows? io9 speculates that perhaps it’s either all just a fun publicity stunt orchestrated by showrunner Steven Moffat or that they may filming a commercial of some sort related to 50th Anniversary programming. Guess we’ll have to wait and see where this goes. You know, along with the waiting we’re doing for the special itself.