Time must have appeared to stand still for Doctor Who’s legions of fans after the announcement that the show’s 50th anniversary would be celebrated with a special episode.
But tonight the waiting comes to an end as thousands of viewers in Yorkshire will join audiences around the world to watch not one but three Time Lords feature in the BBC’s The Day of the Doctor.
The anniversary is being marked with a three-day Doctor Who show in London, while the National Media Museum in Bradford has also joined in the celebrations with an exhibition called Doctor Who and Me – 50 Years of Doctor Who Fans, featuring a raft of memorabilia.
The current doctor, Matt Smith, will be joined in tonight’s episode by David Tennant and Billie Piper, who previously starred as the 10th Doctor and Rose Tyler respectively. John Hurt will appear as a previously unknown, past incarnation of the Doctor, the “War Doctor”. And, of course, the Daleks will be back along with shape-shifting aliens the Zygons to provide the scare factor.
Smith, who will make way for new doctor Peter Capaldi at Christmas, said the fans made him realise how much he will miss the show when he leaves.
He said: “I’m going to miss it terribly. I really will miss it. God, it’s a really unique rare thing and it just compounds how much I’ll miss it when you come to stuff like this.”
See today’s Yorkshire Post Magazine for a special feature on Doctor Who’s enduring appeal.