Doctor Who: BBC name Nick Hurran as the director for 50th anniversary episode!

by Anna Howell

In the run up to the much-anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary, it has today been announced that the celebratory episode will be directed by Nick Hurran, The Metro newspaper reports.

Hurran is the directive genius behind several previous episodes of the long running sci-fi series, including the phenomenal series seven’s Asylum Of The Daleks, series 6’s The God Complex and The Girl Who Waited as well as the epic, and moving episode in which Amy and Rory Pond died, The Angels Take Manhattan.

Fans of the hit show took to social networking site, Twitter, to express their delight at this announcement.

One fan tweeted: ‘Congrats to Nick Hurran on landing THAT gig. No pressure now…’

Nick Hurran

Nick Hurran

While a second added: ‘Nick Hurran is the director for the 50th Anniversary Special. Makes sense. He’s proved to be very talented.’

The anniversary episode, which has been written by the legendary Timelord writer, Steven Moffat, is set to commence filming in April this year and will be projected in 3D and shown in cinemas around the country, as well as on TV.

And in the build-up to this much-anticipated episode, Ben Stephenson, the show’s executive producer, 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.”

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.

Doctor Who is set to return to BBC1 on March 30.

Watch a clip of The Angels Take Manhattan below: