The countdown is fully on for the 50th anniversary of the BBC’s Doctor Who. All the fanfare is to be expected, after all, how often do you get to celebrate a television show hitting the half-century mark? One of the things many fans are excited to see are the multiple doctors on screen together, at last. But you don’t want to wait all the way until next weekend to see that, do you? And now you don’t have to. BBC has released a new clip from the episode, The Day of the Doctor, one that shows Matt Smith’s eleventh incarnation of the Doctor meeting up with David Tennant’s tenth. And there’s a fez to boot.
In addition to this epic sci-fi meeting of the minds, as it were, this clip offers a little more in the way of specifics of what’s going on in the special. The Doctor (Smith’s version) and his companion Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) find themselves at a museum investigating a bizarre crime. After helping himself to a stray fez, the Time Lord discovers a bunch of paintings that have seemingly been vandalized. The glass that covers them has all been shattered. Strange enough on its own, but when he realizes that all the glass was broken from the inside, and that all of the subjects of the paintings have apparently escaped the confines of their art.
So there are a bunch of figures from paintings, running around in the real world, which is something you don’t see every day. You’ll have to wait to a week to see how that all goes down, but it should be interesting. And after this news comes to light, in true Who fashion, the Doctor zips away through some sort of portal-y thing, and who does he meet on the other side? Why himself, of course, why wouldn’t you be waiting to greet yourself. The possibilities of such an encounter are truly endless, and watching what happens after this should be one of the joys of The Day of the Doctor.
Here’s the official synopsis of the special:
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.
Earlier this week, a mini-episode entitled The Night of the Doctor reintroduced Paul McGann’s short-lived eighth Doctor, and also shed a small sliver of light on John Hurt’s secretive role as the War Doctor. It’s a grim, game-changing moment, and that, combined with this clip, should have Whovians everywhere salivating even more than they are for November 23.