The long-anticipated announcement was made this morning
, by the BBC's Media Centre, along with a number of other TV commissions for the corporation's flagship channel, for 2013.
The statement reads
, "Drama on BBC One takes another big leap in 2013 in the shape of some major event dramas, including The Village
, Ripper Street
, The White Queen
and the Doctor Who
50th Anniversary Special. These shows will bring a rich range of tones and worlds to BBC One's fiction."
It has long been expected, but not yet confirmed, that at least one special episode of the world's longest-running science-fiction television drama will be broadcast in the UK and elsewhere on Saturday, 23 November 2013 - the exact day and date that the first-ever episode was shown in 1963.
That episode, An Unearthly Child
, starred William Hartnell as the Doctor. Since then, a further ten actors have taken on the role – the current being Matt Smith, who replaced David Tennant in 2010.
The BBC is expected to celebrate the show's golden anniversary in a number of different ways. As reported by Digital Journal
in August, a drama chronicling the series' beginnings has already been commissioned by BBC Two. Casting for An Adventures in Space and Time
, which is being written by Mark Gatiss, is due to be announced in the new year.
is the world’s longest-running science-fiction television series. Since it began in 1963, eleven actors have portrayed the Doctors on TV – William Hartnell played the First Doctor, followed (in order) by Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.