Doctor Who: BBC bosses say 50th 3D birthday celebrations will be as big as the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee!

by Anna Howell

Ben Stephenson, a BBC executive, has compared the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations of the family sci-fi entertainment show, Doctor Who, to last year’s London Olympic Games, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!

Fans of the show, which currently stars Matt Smith as the Time Lord travelling through space and time on a mission to save the world, will know this year marks the 50th landmark birthday of the iconic show, and bosses at the BBC are going all out to celebrate the occasion.

The special anniversary episode, due to air in November, will bring the iconic Doctor into 3D vision for the first time in the shows history.

And in the build-up to this much-anticipated episode, Ben Stephenson has promised that the anniversary will be an “absolutely enormous, very very ambitious event”.

Adding: “Last year we had the wonderful Jubilee and the wonderful Olympics,’ he said. ‘This year we have the opportunity to make drama the landmark event for the BBC.

“Everyone has a connection to Doctor Who and we can do something really spectacular with it,”

The announcement that the Doctor will be broadcast in 3D comes after months of speculation amongst fans who called for the episode, which will be shown in cinemas as well as on the BBC, to introduce the format.

Show creator, Steven Moffat, has expressed his delight in the news, commenting that it was “about time” that the Doctor was made into 3D:

“Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside,’ he said. ‘A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.”

Details of the actual episode have yet to be revealed, but many a rumour would have us believe that it may incorporate all 11 of the previous Doctors in it, meaning that the 7 surviving actors who have played the doctor over the years may be joining Matt Smith on screen, whilst those deceased, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee may appear in flashback form.

Also planned to mark this event is a docu-film 2 hour episode, based on the creation of the Doctor, called Doctor Who: An Adventure In Space And Time, and is due to star David Bradley, who played Mr Filch in the harry Potter series, as William Hartnell, the original Doctor, who, according to Gatiss has always been the one to play this part, since the idea was first developed ten years ago.
Joining him in the cast will be Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine, who will play founding producer Verity Lambert.