'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Trailer Is Suitably Epic: Watch It Here!
'Doctor Who' turns 50 years old next month, and if you've been on the internet at all recently you know that the series is prepping for some massive celebrations. At the center of all of the BBC's festivities is, of course, the 50th anniversary special episode: a much-anticipated 75-minute epic titled "The Day of the Doctor."
The episode will feature current stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman alongside the much-anticipated return of former stars David Tennant and Rose Tyler. John Hurt will also appear as a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor, who was introduced in April's Season 7 finale "The Name of the Doctor."
Aside from those facts and the knowledge that villains the Daleks and the Zygons will appear, not much is known about the 50th anniversary special. Showrunner Steven Moffat claims that the episode will not feature any previous Doctors other than Tennant (though Moffat is famous for misinformation). Meanwhile, Matt Smith has teased the episode with a single word: "paintings."
The first trailer for the special, released by the BBC today, reveals no new plot details about the special, other than that the titular day of the Doctor is made significant by one single moment (which, honestly, doesn't mean that much).
But the trailer is really, really cool. It's suitably epic, featuring most of the Doctor's previous incarnations through the use of restoration of old footage. First Doctor William Hartnell, for instance, is restored from his typical grainy black-and-white to a stunningly realistic HD color. The conversion process -- apparently one just developed -- looks great, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to see entire episodes of the series rereleased in such a way.
But the focus of the trailer is on Smith's current Doctor, who after a lengthy voice-over plucks his sonic screwdriver out of the air and points it at the sky, revealing the BBC's chosen hashtag for the special: #SaveTheDay.
'Doctor Who' will air this 50th anniversary special worldwide (in 3D!) on Nov. 23.