Doctor Who: Tennant & Piper To Return For 50th Anniversary Special, John Hurt To Co-Star

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THIS JUST IN: (I’ve always wanted to say that…)  The BBC has just announced that both David Tennant and Billie Piper will be returning for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.  On top of that, veteran actor John Hurt will also be along for what is sure to be a wild ride.

From the BBC’s Doctor Who blog site:

The BBC has today revealed some of the all-star cast that will mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien, Harry Potter) will also co-star.

Last seen as the Doctor on January 1st 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor.  During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials.  He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, ‘The Parting of the Ways’.

Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, ‘The End of Time’ in 2010.

Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the 3D anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations, set to take over the BBC.  Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran.

Filming for the 50th anniversary starts this week.  Meanwhile a brand new series starts on BBC ONE today (30 March) at 6:15pm for a run of eight epic episodes, which officially introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

You can check out the post at the link HERE.

I’m guessing/betting this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Hopefully there will be a lot more surprise announcements as time goes on, but even if there isn’t (but there will be) I have no doubt the 50th anniversary special is going to be a wild time.  Or times.  Might as well give the TARDIS a good workout.

For a slightly longer story about this casting news, read Doctor Who: David Tennant returns for anniversary show over on the BBC’s news site.

Until then, remember to tune in for the first outing of the second half of season seven: “The Bells of Saint John.”


Doctor Who “The Bells of St. John” premiere dates:

  • USA – BBC America: March 30, 8/7c
  • Canada – Space: March 30, 8./7c
  • UK – BBC1: March 30, 6:15pm
  • Australia – ABC: March 31, 7:30pm

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Tom Gardiner