Doctor Who 50th: Joanna Page joins Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman & David Tennant at first anniversary special read-through!

Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special

It’s been revealed today that former Gavin & Stacey, Love Actually and The Syndicate star Joanna Page will join current Time Lord actor Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman – who of course plays new companion Clara Oswald – in the 50th anniversary special episode of Doctor Who.

And as we reported recently, former Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Billie Piper will also star, as will John Hurt.

Today, the BBC have released the first pictures of some of the cast members in the first read-through for the special, which took place yesterday ahead of the commencement of filming this week.

Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special

Meanwhile the current series of Doctor Who continues this Saturday (6 April) at 6:15pm with The Rings of Akhaten, and as readers of the Radio Times may know, writer Steven Moffat has penned a guide to the episode for the magazine…

 

 

 

 

Here’s what he had to say followed by a sneak peek clip…

The Rings of Akhaten

In New York, shooting The Angels Take Manhattan [episode 5 last year], Marcus Wilson, Caroline Skinner and I were a bit worried. We had two foreign shoots for the first part of series seven, covering three episodes, and nothing lined up for this second run. “let’s go to outer space,” we thought.

Not actual outer space, but a world created in our studios to make you really feel you’re out there. There’s a tendency for the doctor to promise unearthly wonders to his companions, and then get them trapped in an underground tunnel, attacked by mutant slugs.

Nothing wrong with that of course — it’s kind of what Doctor Who is all about. But for this show we wanted to make an imaginary location as much the star as the town in A Town Called Mercy [episode 3] and New York in the mid-season finale.

When Clara Oswald looks back on her time in the Tardis, this might be the place she remembers. Oh, and say hello to Neil Cross, a great new Doctor Who writer. Got a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot more of him. Actually, any minute now…

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