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Over the weekend we got our first look at a short, but epic teaser trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” The video shows all eleven men who have played the various incarnation of the Time Lord over the past five decades, and now we have a cool new picture to serve as a companion piece to the footage.
The picture features, from left to right, all eleven doctors. Peter Capaldi, the next iteration, is noticeably absent since he supposedly won’t make his debut until the annual Doctor Who Christmas special later this year, you know, around the holidays. It wouldn’t shock too many people if he popped up in “The Day of the Doctor” just to say hey, but that’s the word on the street. I, for one, am pretty psyched to see Capaldi’s first couple of episodes in fall of 2014, as they’ll be directed by the twisted mind and sensibilities of Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers). That should be a dark, fun time.
In this here photograph, which looks like it could be a succession of presidents or monarchs, we have a chronological record of all eleven Doctors. In order from one to eleven, you have all the classic Time Lords, including William Hartnell (1963-1966), Patrick Troughton (1966-1969), Jon Pertwee (1970-1974), Peter Davison (1981-1984), Colin Baker (1984-1986), Sylvester McCoy (1987-1989, 1996), and Paul McGann (1996). And because everyone is super pumped on the new school, the most recent incarnations are also included in this line up. That means Christopher Eccleston (2005), David Tennant (2005-2011), and the current Doctor, Matt Smith (2010-now).
Neither this photo, nor the trailer actually reveal much about “The Day of the Doctor,” other than you can expect to see at least a glimpse of your favorite Doctor, no matter which one that may be. The video is pretty cool, as the camera pushes through the action and Matt Smith delivers an ominous voice over about running through time and space, fighting for peace in a universe at war, and how it all builds up to one moment of one day. It looks and sounds epic as all hell.
In order to avoid one part of the world spoiling “The Day of the Doctor” for any other region, the BBC plans to air the special more or less simultaneously in as many markets as possible. If you happen to be in the US, BBC America is where you’ll want to tune your television in just over a month on November 23.