Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Steven Moffat teases that episode is “quite long”!
With most of the details surrounding the much-anticipated special 50th anniversary episode of the much-loved BBC sci-fi family entertainment show, Doctor Who, still unknown show runner Steven Moffat has given a little hint at the length.
Ever since the episode was decided there has been rumour after rumour regarding its content.
First, reports had us believing that all 11 previous Doctors were going to feature in the episode with the unfortunate actors who have passed away being added in digitally. This was supported by the fact that David Tennant, the current Time Lord Matt Smith’s direct predecessor had been spotted on set filming.
However, when Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann (the 6th, 7th and 8th Doctors) came forward to say they hadn’t been asked to take part, it became clear that Tennant was the only one invited back to play.
Also claiming to be featuring in the episode was John Barrowman who plays Captain Jack Harness, but then he quickly retracted the claims when producers revealed that it wasn’t happening at all.
Another issue that has been hanging in the balance is how long the celebratory episode, due to air in November to mark the landmark birthday, will be and, whilst the exact length is still unknown, Steven Moffat has hinted that it will be on the lengthy side!
The episode, which is due to be released in 3D as well as normal vision and will be shown in cinemas around the country as well as on TV, was originally reported to be 90 minutes long. More recent claims have been that the episode will in fact only be one hour long, leaving fans still scratching their heads not having a clue how much memory to save on their sky+ boxes.
But, whilst Moffat has revealed that it will be long, even he doesn’t know the exact length yet it would seem as he revealed to Doctor Who Magazine:
“People keep asking how long the anniversary special is, and it’s a fair question. I don’t actually know, because the answer is, it’s as long as it needs to be.
“The script is quite long though. I’m looking at it now. Ooh, that’s quite long.”
So, to recap to you the things that we definitely know are definitely happening with regards to the episode are that veteran Doctor Who director Nick Hurran has directed the episode. Former Doctor and companion David Tennant and Billie Piper, along with John Hurt, will all be joining current Time Lord and his companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.
The rest, we fear, you will have to wait till November to find out!
Watch Smith and Tennant discussing the 50th anniversary special below: