Fans of 3D and of Doctor Who will definitely have something to celebrate come November. The venerable Time Lord is going somewhere he’s never been: into the third dimension. For the impending 50th Anniversary celebration, the BBC will film the special episode in 3D and air the result in theaters around the country.
The long-running show celebrates its half-century mark later this year, on November 23rd, and the 3D extravaganza will also air on the BBC’s HD channel.
Rumors about former Doctors returning for the event, and all manner of other surprises, continue to circulate. But whatever the special winds up looking like, it will be a big, rousing affair. Ben Stephenson, BBC’s controller of drama commissioning—whatever that means—compares the special to massive public happenings like the London Olympics and the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Somehow I doubt it will be on that large a scale, but die-hard Whovians are certainly excited.
As far as the decision to tackle a first ever 3D episode, showrunner and writer Steven Moffat said, “It’s about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.”
The network and producers are still hammering out the details of the special, both story-wise, and from a technical, logistic perspective. The process, however, appears to be going as scheduled.
Stephenson teases the content of the episode with a cloying, “There will be lots of aliens and Daleks and things like that – or maybe there won’t. There are many different things to take into account and we will also have a Christmas special after that and it all connects. Or maybe it doesn’t. There’s lots to work out.”