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Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

The Day Of The Doctor – 50th Anniversary Title Confirmed!

The BBC has finally confirmed the title of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special – and what else could it be than The Day Of The Doctor?


Revealed as part of a general 50th anniversary announcement, the 75-minute long special is just one part of what’s coming. As Matt Smith says:

Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way.

Alongside the special, we’ve also got the following to look forward to:

  • An Adventure in Space and Time by Mark Gatiss and starring David Bradley as William Hartnell.
  • A BBC Two lecture by Professor Brian Cox discussing the pseudo-science behind Doctor Who.
  • BBC Four is running a restored version of An Unearthly Child and the rest of the 100,000 BC serial that kicked off the show back in 1963.
  • BBC Two’s The Culture Show is to screen Me, You and Doctor Who, hosted by lifelong fan Matthew Sweet.
  • A 90-minute documentary on BBC Radio 2 asks Who Is The Doctor?
  • BBC Three will be home to several commissions, including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide.

Says Danny Cohen, the Director BBC Television:

It’s an astonishing achievement for a drama to reach its 50th anniversary.

I’d like to thank every person – on both sides of the camera – who has been involved with its creative journey over so many years.

Meanwhile, the man in charge has this to say:

50 years has turned Doctor Who from a television show into a cultural landmark. Personally I can’t wait to see what it becomes after a hundred.

Who could argue with that?

(Via BBC News)


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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+.

21 Responses to The Day Of The Doctor – 50th Anniversary Title Confirmed!

  1. avatar Pocketwatch says:

    I (somewhat stupidly) hadn’t realised it would have a title beyond ’50th anniversary special’ but all the other specials had titles, so of course this one has. I like it anyway.

  2. avatar rafa lopes says:

    i don’t care. Give us a trailer.

    • avatar David F says:

      A trailer, for a TV show, more than eleven weeks before broadcast? That would be an odd decision. I wouldn’t expect (or want) a trailer until November.

    • I don’t care

      I *think* you might be on the wrong website…

  3. avatar Steve Andrew says:

    Great title – simple and elegant. If the Daleks can have their Day, then surely the Doctor can too.

  4. I hope we get some of the interesting extra bits mentioned, in the US.

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  6. avatar Ranger says:

    Good title – tantalising without revealing anything.

  7. avatar TonyS says:

    Can we expect this to be followed by “Planet of” “Death to” “Genesis of” etc?

  8. avatar TonyS says:

    Actually “Death to the Doctor” could be a title for the Christmas Special…

    • avatar Al says:

      Not likely. Too similar to the Sarah Jane Adventures story.

    • avatar Neu 75 says:

      Destiny of the Doctor…

      • avatar iLikeTheUDK says:

        The Power of the Doctor.

  9. avatar Robert Booth says:

    A lot of TV and Radio to be packed into a very short period of time – lets hope they print a WHO guide in the radio times for us to pull out and stick up on the wall!
    And enjoy it whilst you can because after 25/12/13 there will be 9 months of Doctorless TV!

  10. avatar Al says:

    Apparently the BBC has actually withdrawn the press release – apparently it wasn’t supposed to be issued till tomorrow or something. Maybe they’re planning some big press conference?

    • Thursday is possible, there’s a BBCWW event scheduled (which I couldn’t make…)

  11. avatar John Shandler says:

    The BBC cocking up publicity for Doctor Who? When has that happened before?!

  12. avatar vortexter says:

    I was hoping for a 90 minute special but its still feature length so what the hey. I like the title too. It is the Dr’s day after all.
    What do you think they mean by a restored’ Unearthly Child?’ Do they mean DVD standard?

  13. avatar Geoff says:

    Does this mean that it will feature three Doctors plodding through the grounds of some country house and then through a patio door as the grand finale?

  14. avatar Geoff says:

    Btw all these …..of the Doctor titles remind me of “I’m Alan Partridge”: Towering Alan, A Room With An Alan and my alltime favourite: Basic Alan.

    • avatar castellanspandrel says:

      ‘I Know What Alan Did Last Summer’

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