BBC is definitely pulling out all the stops for the 50th Anniversary of the iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who. BBC has a full lineup of entertainment planned; leading up to the 75-minute 50th Anniversary Special entitled ‘The Day of the Doctor.’
One of the programs slated for that day is entitled An Adventure in Space and Time.
David Bradley, who is widely known as Argus Filch from the Harry Potter franchise, will be portraying William Hartnell, who was the very first Doctor back in 1963.
This adventure was written by Mark Gatniss, a longtime collaborator of Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. An Adventure in Space and Time will give younger Whovians a look back at the creation of the series that could span half of a century.
Also airing on that day will be a special entitled You, Me, and Doctor Who; a one hour special on the science behind the show, and Doctor Who’s cultural significance.
Both of these specials will air on BBC Two.
They will also be running an all-encompassing special aimed at those Whovians who are new to the Whoniverse, entitled Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. This special will air on BBC Three.
Filling out the schedule will be a treat for Whovians of all ages. BBC Four will be airing the first four episodes of the iconic original series in a restored format. This will serve as a trip down memory lane for older Whovians, and almost as an introduction to the Whoniverse for those just coming on board with the sci-fi phenomenon.
The schedule for these programs has yet to be released.
There will certainly be a lot of entertainment for Whovians, young and old, leading up to the 50th Anniversary Special. I am happy to see that BBC is putting forth such an effort for the 50th Anniversary of the iconic series.
All this will come full circle when the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special airs on November 23, 2013.