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Doctor Who, the world's longest running sci-fi show, turns 50 years old on 23rd November 2013. A lot has changed since "An Unearthly Child" first aired back in 1963, but there are still the main elements that live on, those of the mad man in a blue box, off to travel through time and space, exploring the universe with his friends, saving planets and civilisations, and, of course, defeating those troublesome Daleks, along with many other threats.

File:The Day of the Doctor The TV Trailer - Doctor Who 50th Anniversary - BBC One
The Day of the Doctor Extended Trailer

The Day of the Doctor Extended Trailer

Extended trailer for the 50th!

About the special

As you may or may not know, there will be an episode broadcast to celebrate The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who entitled "The Day of the Doctor". This special celebratory episode will be airing on TV and in some cinemas for the first time on the 23rd November, and will be simulcast in 75 countries around the world.

Some expected questions:

Where is the episode going to be simulcast?

Of course, UK on BBC1.

Europe - Germany (Fox), Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS)

North America - USA (BBC America), Canada (Space)

Latin America (on BBC Entertainment and BBC HD) - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Africa (on BBC Entertainment) - Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Australia (ABC)

Asia (on BBC Entertainment) - Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand


In what cinemas will the special be broadcast in?

The Day of the Doctor radio ad

The Day of the Doctor radio ad

Radio ad for the special

In the UK and Ireland: 216 VUE, Cineworld, Odeon, BFI and Picturehouse

In Australia and New Zealand: Events, Hoyts, Dendy, Rialto, Village and Independent cinemas (although on the 24th November because of time zones).

In America: There's a long list of cinemas here.

It will also be aired in cinemas in the US, Canada, Germany and Russia. To find your closes cinema airing the episode, see

No more specifics have been announced, but will update if they do.

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Who will be in it? (Spoiler alert)

The episode will star the current Doctor played by Matt Smith and his companion, Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. It will also show the return of the previous incarnation of the Doctor played by David Tennant along with his co-star, Billy Piper. John Hurt will also be part of the special, playing an unknown Doctor (as teased in "The Name of the Doctor").

(Source: just look at the names on this official poster on the BBC website!)

What else is being released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who?

The Night of the Doctor A Mini Episode - Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor Prequel - BBC

The Night of the Doctor A Mini Episode - Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor Prequel - BBC

Prequel: Night of the Doctor

There was a prequel to the 50th anniversary episode released on the 14th November to the BBC's official YouTube channel, starring a previous Doctor as well as the impacts of the Last Great Time War.

There is also going to be a docco-drama called "An Adventure in Space and Time" about the origins of Doctor Who. It was written by Mark Gatiss, and William Hartnell will be portrayed by David Bradley (Solomon from "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", or Filch from the Harry Potter movies).

Also: "Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend" will be airing on BBC3 which discusses the show's best villains, and a documentary from The Culture Show entitled "Me, You and Doctor Who", which explores the cultural significance of Doctor Who and attempts to answer some of the questions the show raises about the universe such as "Can you really travel in time?". It will be presented by Brian Cox (a particle physicist and guest star in "The Power of Three", playing as himself).

On CBBC, there will be a 12 Again Doctor Who special featuring familiar faces such as Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor), Dan Starkey (Strax), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Louise Jameson (Leela), and Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), where the actors talk about their experiences with Doctor Who as kids. Also, Blue Peter will be airing two live specials featuring many monsters from throughout the history of Doctor Who.

Adventure in Space and Time

Image from "An Adventure in Space and Time"

For you radio fans, there will also be special programmes on BBC Radio 1, 2, and 4. BBC Radio 2 will be presenting a 90 minute documentary asking "Who is the Doctor?" which will feature both newly recorded interviews and exclusive archive material. David Quantick will also be presenting "The Blagger's Guide to Doctor Who". Over on BBC Radio 1, there will be a 60 minute documentary looking at the music inspired by the Doctor, and on Radio 4 Extra there will be a special 3 hour long programme looking at the inspirations for the beginning of Doctor Who. There will also be dramas and readings featuring the Doctor and his companions which will be broadcast on that station. And finally, presenter Graham Norton will be basing his weekly Radio 2 show on 23rd November from the Doctor Who celebrations in London in a special 3 hour show where he will be chatting with some of the series' stars and fans.

For more information, check out

What is the plot of the episode?

You will just have to wait to find out! Remember: no unmarked spoilers please!

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'Doctor Who 50 Years' Trailer - The Day of the Doctor - Doctor Who 50th Anniversary - BBC One

'Doctor Who 50 Years' Trailer - The Day of the Doctor - Doctor Who 50th Anniversary - BBC One

Official Teaser Trailer

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