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article imageFive weeks to 50: Doctor Who trailer stuns fans

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Last night saw the premiere of a stunning trailer to promote the upcoming 50th-anniversary adventure of the BBC sci-fi drama series "Doctor Who."
The special will be broadcast around the world on Saturday, 23 November, exactly 50 years to the day that the first-ever episode was screened in the UK.
Doctor Who is now the world's longest-running television science-fiction series, having first been broadcast in the UK on Saturday, 23 November 1963.
The trailer, which runs to just over a minute, was itself heavily publicised before its premiere, such is the current popularity of Doctor Who and the anticipation of the long-awaited special, The Day of the Doctor.
The 75-minute adventure, which has been written by Doctor Who showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat, will see three Doctors (played by Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt) join forces for the first time, against the Zygons and the Daleks.
The Daleks, created by Terry Nation and designed by Raymond Cusick, are themselves celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, having first appeared on TV screens on 21 December 1963.
Two weeks ago, the BBC kicked off its pre-publicity by releasing its Doctor Who 50th-anniversary "sting" ident and Twitter hashtag, #SaveTheDay.
The trailer featured all eleven Doctors, his companions Sarah Jane Smith, Clara Oswald and K9; as well as the Doctor's nemesis, the Master. It kicked off in black and white, as viewers saw a clip from the first-ever serial, An Unearthly Child, and the first-ever character to appear in the Doctor Who, a police officer, as he walked towards I. M. Foreman's junk yard, 76 Totter's Lane, the place where the whole adventure began.
The trailer concluded with the current Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) talking directly to the camera.
Afterwards, the official Doctor Who 50th-anniversary hashtag #SaveTheDay trended on Twitter, with fans expressing their delight.
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