In summing up what has been a crazy, exciting, and even at times confusing weekend for “Doctor Who” fans worldwide, we have a little bit more news coming in now on the subject of the upcoming 50th anniversary special, which will thankfully grace your screens in a very big way on November 23.
So who is set to officially take part in the show? You have heard many of these names at several points over the past few months, but the following statement from the BBC confirms many of the rumors, and also briefly addressed that John Hurt (“V For Vendetta”) will be a part of the special as the mysterious character that we have spoken so much about:
“Your calendars should already have a big red circle around 23 November because that’s when the TARDIS returns in the frankly Earth-shattering adventure that celebrates half a century of Doctor Who. This 3D special stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman with David Tennant and John Hurt … Billie Piper returns alongside Jemma Redgrave, Joanna Page… and the Zygons!”
What remains a little bit of a mystery is whether or not Hurt’s role will extend beyond the anniversary show (which seems to be set up in part thanks to The Doctor entering his own consciousness alongside Clara), or if this is just a one-shot affair. Either way, BBC and Steven Moffat did an extremely good job drawing interest for a show that is still six months away, and it was all thanks to just one little line next to a mysterious figure Saturday night.
There is one other notable announcement to make about the eighth season at this time, and it is that Brian Minchin will join Moffat as an executive producer.
If you want to see what dividends “The Name of the Doctor” has played already for the BBC in its short time since airing, all you have to do to find out is venture on over to the link here.