It seems like we’ve been on the verge of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration for years—we are talking about an event five decades in the making—but now it’s not hyperbole to say that it really is almost here. The Day of the Doctor, as the BBC special is called, will be simulcast around the world in a matter of weeks. Those of us without ready TARDIS access will have to wait until Saturday, November 23 to watch the episode—you even have the option to watch it in 3D if you’re into that sort of thing—but now you have this huge new collection of images to go along with those great recent teasers, just in case you want to start salivating a little bit early.
There’s quite a lot to observe in this gallery. A good number are posed promotional photos of various cast members, but there are also stills and action shots from the actual special. In these images you have multiple doctors—including David Tennant’s 10th, Matt Smith’s number eleven, and John Hurt as the dark Doctor, whatever the hell that turns out to be—and a couple of companions, like Jenna Coleman’s Clara and Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler. Jemma Redgrave’s Kate Stewart is running around, and there’s even a little bit of royalty, just to class up the proceedings, with Queen Elizabeth I (Joanna Page). And it wouldn’t be a real collection without a few snapshots of some nasty bit of business, in this case a Zygon, that looks ready to take a bite out of you should you have the misfortune to stray too close.
Is it just me, or does Rose look a little bit like she wandered out of a post-apocalyptic wasteland? Or at least like they found Piper on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. She looks awesome, but more than a little like she wants to kick your ass.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Day of the Doctor:
The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.
So there’s not really all that much at stake on this next adventure through time and space, just all of existence, no big deal.
Following The Day of the Doctor, the twelfth Time Lord, played by Peter Capaldi, will be introduced in the annual Christmas special, and a full season new episodes will hit the airwaves in 2014. One thing we’re particularly curious to see are the first two episodes of season eight, which Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) is slated to direct. He has a jet-black sense of humor that could mix well with Capaldi’s gruff exterior.