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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Confirmed

Yeah, it’s a bit of an obvious one, but it is something that the BBC have actually omitted to official mention until today. However, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special has been included as something to watch out for in 2013 as part of Controller of BBC One, Danny Cohen’s “five themes” for the New Year.

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Naturally, the landmark episode forms part of a selection of “Event Dramas” and although we have news of a dramatised account of the show’s beginnings by Mark Gatiss, it is notable that the 50th anniversary is rightly at the forefront of Cohen’s plans for 2013.

In a press statement from the BBC, the controller goes through various descriptions of his five themes. Of course, the bit you want is right here:

Drama on BBC One takes another big leap in 2013 in the shape of some major event dramas, including The Village, Ripper Street, Luther, The White Queen and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. These shows will bring a rich range of tones and worlds to BBC One’s fiction.

Of interest is also the news that Toby Whithouse, creator of Being Human and writer of School Reunion, The Vampires of VeniceThe God Complexand A Town Called Mercy is writing a new cold war spy drama series called The Game.

And get this folks: we’re now under a year away from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special…



A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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