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article imageTwo minisodes planned for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 4, 2013 in Entertainment
It’s emerged that two new minisodes of the long-running TV sci-fi phenomenon “Doctor Who” are planned to link to the 50th anniversary, which is this month.
Doctor Who TV first reported on The Last Day, but has now revealed that it’s discovered from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) that there’s to be a second one.
The full-length story planned for the anniversary – November 23 – is called The Day of the Doctor, and the second minisode, appropriately, is The Night of the Doctor.
It’s not yet known exactly when the minisodes will air, although in the past the BBC’s annual Children in Need charity show features one.
Doctor Who TV says: “There is a mini episode entitled The Night of the Doctor starring Matt Smith and David Tennant. It runs for exactly 6 minutes and 54 seconds. No other details are presently known.
“This is in addition to the extra revealed last week entitled The Last Day.”
And it’s emerged that the BBFC has given the fiftieth-anniversary special itself a PG rating (for parental guidance) because of “mild violence and threat”.
Doctor Who TV cites “further insight” on the reasoning behind the rating:
There are scenes of mild violence, including attacks on a city and its residents, as well as scenes of threat from attacking forces. There is one use of mild bad language (“Oh my God”).
A new trailer for the full-length episode has also been announced, which is slated to run for 1 minute and 10 seconds. This is in addition to the 1 minute 1 second trailer that was premiered last month.
“The length of the special itself varies from 76 minutes to 85 minutes,” says Doctor Who TV. “However, Doctor Who TV believes the additional ten minutes are accounted for due to the fact that some screenings will feature extra content. Therefore, the special is 76 minutes and 44 seconds long.”
In addition to these extras, it’s emerged that a 10-minute behind-the-scenes programme called Behind the Lens will follow the special screenings. “Although it seemed to imply this was exclusive to US theatres (but also available online following the special).”
The Day of the Doctor – which stars Matt Smith (How to Catch a Monster) David Tennant (The Escape Artist) and John Hurt (Merlin), all as the Doctor – will be broadcast worldwide, on TV and in the cinema , on 23 November, the very day the first instalment, An Unearthly Child, was broadcast 50 years ago to the day in 1963.
Doctor Who celebrates its official 50th anniversary with another feature-length drama in addition to The Day of the Doctor. An Adventure in Space and Time, sees David Bradley (Harry Potter) recreate the First Doctor, as originally played by the late William Hartnell (The Army Game). A date for the 90-minute film’s screening – which also sees Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville) recreate Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor – has yet to be announced.
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A whole raft of documentaries and other programmes on radio, television and the Internet are planned to mark the anniversary.
The last episode of the last series – which ended earlier this year – was The Name of the Doctor. This is the one that revealed John Hurt as an incarnation of the Doctor, though just where he fits into the Time Lord’s timeline remains a mystery.
Hurt will be appearing in The Day of the Doctor alongside eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and tenth Doctor David Tennant.
Meanwhile, blogger Ashley Mooney has been speculating on the possibility that the Hurt incarnation may me the very last Doctor of all time.
The Day of the Doctor has been described as ‘looking forward and back’ by [showrunner] Steven Moffat,” Mooney writes. “He also stated recently that, ‘This is where the story really starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny.’ What better way to find out one’s destiny than to realise how you are going to die?”
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