Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

New Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prologue [VIDEO]

The time has come for you to watch The Fall of Arcadia in this new Doctor Who 50th anniversary minisode, a prologue to Saturday’s big event, The Day of the Doctor.

Released earlier today on iTunes (amid a pricing controversy that saw UK viewers charged to download the minisode – if they could even watch it in its entirety, the clip - titled The Last Day - places the viewer in a POV situation as the Daleks invade Gallifrey. Click play above to enjoy (and apologies for the advert).


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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+.

9 Responses to New Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prologue [VIDEO]

  1. avatar vortexter says:

    Oooh! Shades of the Vashta Nerada with the skull premonition methinks. Why is it when someone says ‘Nothing can get through…’ you just know it will?

    • avatar Colin says:

      …or “That’s not a premonition”–and you know it is! :) Good stuff!! :D

      • avatar vortexter says:

        The premonition thing is a nice nod to the past. The Doctor saw the assassination of the president via premonition and Goth states that Prydonians ‘see ahead a little more’ than others. Quite suspensefull and nicely done.

  2. avatar Colin says:

    Regarding the pricing controversy for UK residents, apparently the BBC are trying to resolve the issue with iTunes:

    “This is an error on the part of iTunes. This should have been free. We’re waiting to hear back from them about how this will be rectified.”

    I have a solution: post free stuff on YouTube. That’s what YouTube is for, isn’t it? :)

  3. avatar Christine says:

    Even though you know something’s coming, I still was surprised to a certain extent. Nicely done!

  4. avatar vortexter says:

    As a piece of trivia, when The War Doctor (Hurt) is in the Gallifreyan barn in front of the red crystal machine, you can see some hexagonal dome ‘Frames’ covering up some packages being stored. Looks like this is a recycled piece of the Arcadia set as the Ariel pointing up at the Sky trenches is one of the self same props!

    • Or It’s the ruins of Arcadia?

  5. avatar Boffin says:

    The Timelords really need to rethink a few things if they are building installations that can be taken out with a single Dalek!!! At least the Daleks had the decency to send a serious force to do the job and it wasn’t all too embarrassing. But seriously “a SINGLE Dalek” for the great Lords of Time and overseers of the Universe? How ever did they win the Vampire wars??

    • avatar vortexter says:

      The Fifth Doctor took out a Dalek by pushing it out of the first floor of a warehouse! The new Daleks have obviously had their Weetabix.

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