There are many reasons to look forward to the end of November, whether you are thinking in terms of Thanksgiving or the start of the holiday shopping season. But there is one in particular that we are sure you will be particularly excited about if you are a sci-fi fan: The “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary Special. This is an event that has been hyped since all the way back in the spring, and brings back David Tennant for the first time since he wrapped up his role as the character.
Just to make this all the more intriguing right now, we have also heard some more official details from this special, which has the rare distinction of airing simultaneously around the world at the same time. This description teases everything from trouble in a gallery to murders to even warfare, and the Doctor being at the center of much of it. With this man having so much blood on his hands, it will quickly become his responsibility to try to make sense of it all.
Take a look at this synopsis below:
“The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.”
From our vantage point, there is almost no questioning that this will be the most-watched edition of “Doctor Who” in the series’ history. You have a tremendous amount of hype for one, Tennant’s return, and also the knowledge that the simultaneous airing of the special should help to prevent piracy to a certain extent. There will be no need for anyone to sit around and anxiously await for this special to come online. (Granted, for some people this could mean being awake at ghastly hours in order to watch it, such as folks in Australia or parts of Asia.)
This special is also going to be shown off in theaters, in what is yet another sign of the level of dominance that it is starting to maintain over almost everything else when it comes to British television. After spending decades as a niche phenomenon, we have a feeling that this is about to expand quickly in popularity, at least for the rest of the year.
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