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article imageDaleks: Doctor Who’s greatest enemies return for 50th anniversary

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 22, 2013 in Entertainment
Doctor Who’s most iconic monsters, the Daleks, are returning to the long-running science-fiction series, for the show’s 50th-anniversary special this November.
The announcement, which the BBC made this morning, is fitting as the Daleks are also 50 years old this year.
On the announcement, the showrunner of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat told BBC Doctor Who, “The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.”
It was already known that the Zygons would be making an appearance in the special – the first time they have returned to the TV series since their one-and-only outing nearly 40 years ago, when Tom Baker was playing the Fourth Doctor, in Terror of the Zygons.
Earlier this year, Robert Banks Stewart, who created the Zygons, claimed that the Daleks – together with another of the Doctor’s longstanding foes, the Cybermen – would be in the special but, until now, there’s been no official confirmation of that.
"The Zygons are in there with all the others – particularly the Daleks and the Cybermen," Stewart told Digital Spy back in April.
Doctor Who made its debut on Saturday, November 23, 1963, while the Daleks made their debut several weeks later – Saturday, December 21.
This year’s 50th-anniversary special, which has been written by Moffat, was filmed earlier this year, before Matt Smith flew to the US to film Ryan Gosling’s directorial-debut feature, How to Catch a Monster.
Who is the Doctor?
The title of the special is yet to be revealed, but we do know that the episode will unite Smith’s Eleventh Doctor with his immediate predecessor, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), and an unspecified incarnation of the Doctor, played by John Hurt.
Tennant is returning to the series for the first since he handed over to Smith on New Year’s Day 2010. Hurt was first introduced as the Doctor during the closing moments of the most recent season finale, The Name of the Doctor, in May this year.
Others joining the anniversary special are Jenna Colman, continuing in her role as the Doctor’s current companion, Clara Oswald; Billy Piper, who is returning once again as Rose Tyler; and Gavin & Stacey’s Joanna Page, as Queen Elizabeth I.
Doctor Who will return to TV screens on Saturday, November 23, 2013 – exactly 50 years to the day that the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, was broadcast in the UK. It will be Smith’s penultimate story playing the Doctor. The 30-year-old actor having announced in June that he was stepping down from the role at the end of the year.
Smith’s successor is expected to be announced in a few week’s time. He or she will then make their debut during a traditional regeneration scene during the closing moments of this year’s Christmas special, also written by Moffat.
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