Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Showrunner Steven Moffat says celebrations won’t be a “fanfest”

by Anna Howell

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With Doctor Who fans everywhere eagerly awaiting this year’s spectacular anniversary celebrations, the shows writer, Steven Moffat, has promised that the episode being made to mark the occasion will not be a “fanfest” as the show needs to concentrate on the future, as well as the past.

The epic and iconic BBC family entertainment sci-fi show is due to turn 50 this November and, as well as making a special BBC2 docu-film about how the show was first created, bosses at Doctor Who are also planning a 50th birthday episode in recognition of the last 50 years.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Steven Moffat explained:

“It is important you don’t turn it into a fanfest,

“We can’t make this all about looking backwards. It’s actually got to be the start of a new story.”


Little is known about the anniversary episode, which has been confirmed as being directed by Nick Hurran, but many have speculated that it will feature all of the 11 Doctors who have appeared in the show, as well as being broadcast in 3D and shown in cinemas as well as on BBC television.

As we revealed earlier this week, the storyline is being kept so closely a guarded secret that even the showrunner, and writer, Steven Moffat, hasn’t got a copy of the script for fear of losing it and spoiling the surprise.
So it is very unlikely that any details will emerge before its broadcast date but, as Matt Smith has revealed, it will be well worth the wait!

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the actor teased:

“What [Moffat’s] written is just spellbinding. It’s one of the best [episodes] ever, ever, ever.”

“There are parts of it in mad 3D. But what [Moffat’s] done with the idea is really clever, it’s not just throwing things at the screen. [Moffat’s] been wanting to write this script for ever and he’s really done it justice.

“There are elements to it which are different from normal episodes. When you combine all the elements that are different it’s not just an episode of Doctor Who, it’s something else, something bigger and more exciting.”

Smith had, earlier this week, described the much-anticipated episode as “hilarious” and “epic”, saying at the time:

“I think it’s going to be the biggest and the best and the most inventive, the most exciting year for the show, and this script delivers on all those points that you want it to, for where the show is at this time.”

Meanwhile Doctor Who returns to our BBC screens at 6.10pm on Saturday 30th March with The Bells Of St John, watch the promo trailer for it in the clip below:


  1. cyberbeanie on March 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Why not a fanfare?because you say so! PISS OFF Moffat your ruining DOCTOR WHO!

  2. Michelle Gouin on March 25, 2013 at 3:59 am

    This is not good. All indications show there is going to be nothing that is homaging the past in any real sense, just more of the same. It’s probably going to be all Eleven and River flirting the whole time and she’ll end up pregnant, because that’s what everyone wants. (*vomit*)

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