We’ve known for quite some time about the troubled development of Doctor Who’s landmark 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” and how Christopher Eccleston was briefly involved in a potential return for the Ninth Doctor. Now we have a peek at what might have been.
52 years ago today, Doctor Who aired for the very first time—and two years ago, it took over the world as it broadcast “The Day of the Doctor,” the show’s 50th anniversary special. But the celebration was, according to Steven Moffat, nearly a total disaster: and somehow almost didn’t star The Doctor at all.
One of the biggest surprises of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special was the brief moment that Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor joined all 13 Doctors in saving Gallifrey—but now it looks like the next season of the show will explore that cameo even further, thanks to some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey shenanigans.
What if Doctor Who actually had a fifth anniversary special in 1968, featuring original stars William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton... plus the War Doctor, played by movie Doctor Peter Cushing? That's the premise of this amazing art project by Colin Brockhurst.
Maybe "The Day of the Doctor" is an alternate universe Friends, where the Tenth Doctor is Chandler or something, I don't know. But watch this alternate opening credits, see how perfectly it works with the Friends theme song, and tell me there's not something otherworldly going on here. You can't.
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special broke the Guinness World Record for the largest simulcast of a television drama ever. "The Day of the Doctor" was broadcast in 94 countries on six continents.
John Rawls was a philosopher who became famous for a thought experiment, in which the only way to reach a fair arrangement is if people don't know which side they'll end up on. This thought experiment is played out in today's Doctor Who special, and it's at the center of the Doctor's own dilemma.
At last, "The Day of the Doctor" arrives! When the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special airs in your part of the world, part yourself here and chat about the episode with your fellow Whovians.
This second Doctor Who 50th anniversary special prequel short, titled "The Last Day," isn't quite as mind-blowing as the first one, but it does take us to Gallifrey at the very beginning of the Time War. Suffice it to say Steven Moffat is clearly not letting the Time Lords off easy. Any other clues you guys can spot?
Here's a short but intriguing promo for Doctor Who. Strax discusses Queen Elizabeth in a typically suspicious, error-filled report to the Sontarans.
THIS IS A 7-MINUTE PREQUEL MINISODE TO THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL CONFIRMING ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING SECRETS IN THE DOCTOR'S LONG, LONG LIFE. WATCH IT. NOW.
We're just over a month away from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, and while this teaser doesn't give us any footage from "The Day of the Doctor," it does celebrate the history of Doctor Who.