'Doctor Who' Season 8 Marks the 50th Anniversary: Celebration and Special Episode Planned

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By Clare Morris , Christian Post Contributor
June 27, 2013|2:37 pm

This November marks the 50th anniversary of BBC cult hit "Doctor Who," and the network is planning a celebration and accompanying episode that is cloaked in secrecy, piquing the interest of serious and casual fans alike.

BBC describes the celebration with little detail on their website.

"To celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who, BBC Worldwide will bring thousands of the Time Lord's fans together for a very special three-day event, across the anniversary weekend. The Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend will be held at ExCeL in London, beginning on Friday, 22 November, with tickets for over 15,000 fans," the site says.

Though BBC hasn't released many details yet, they promise they will soon, and allude to even more surprises.

"More details about the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend, including guests, itinerary, ticket prices and booking information will be revealed soon, alongside a host of other surprises," a message on BBC's "Doctor Who" website reads.

While events of the celebration are being kept secret for now, a few details have been given, mainly, that the celebration will really be something special.

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The 50th anniversary special cannot "just be a fanfest,"and "actually you have to tell a whole new story," executive producer Steven Moffat said, according to The Guardian.

Actor Matt Smith, the current Doctor, weighed in on the episode that will accompany the celebration.

"I read the 50th anniversary [script] yesterday, and rest assured he [Moffat] has written one of the vastest, most epic, funniest … he is on top, top form. The kind where it's undeniably, I think, brilliant and I clapped at the end of it," Smith told The Guardian.

It appears that BBC will be making the first official announcements about the 50th anniversary celebration straight to fans, via the fan newsletter.

"Fans should sign up to the doctorwho.tv newsletter to be the first to hear about plans for the celebration," the website says. Click here to sign up for the Doctor Who newsletter.

 

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