The Doctor Who 50th
Anniversary Special materialises on BBC One two weeks on 23 November – that’s
only two weeks on Saturday! The BBC has just released a press release
containing details of the episode plus interviews with Steven Moffat, Matt
Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman and Joanna Page. Here’s the press pack in
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.
The Day of the Doctor is written
by Steven Moffat; directed by Nick Hurran; executive produced by Steven Moffat
and Faith Penhale and produced by Marcus Wilson. It stars Matt Smith, David
Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt.
INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN MOFFAT
– LEAD WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Question: What is it like
being the writer for the Doctor Who 50th special?
Steven Moffat: Since I was a
little boy, the idea of writing a Doctor Who story at all was remarkable enough
to me. But writing the 50th special was exciting and terrifying - everything
that showbiz should be.
Q. So where did the story
for ‘The Day of the Doctor’ come from?
SM: I didn’t want this to just
be a celebration of 50 years of the past. I wanted it to be a celebration of
the mythology of the legend of the Doctor and all that entailed. This should be
the first step on the next journey, guaranteeing the 100th anniversary. The
story focuses on the most important thing that ever happened to the Doctor. We
very rarely do that in Doctor Who as it’s usually about the people the Doctor
meets or the companion that travel with him. This time it’s different.
Q. ‘The Day of the Doctor’
welcomes back the shape-shifting Zygons, a monster we haven’t seen since the
1970s. Why did you decide they were the ones to bring back?
SM: The Zygons without question
are a design classic. They are superb; brilliant from the voice, to the
appearance. Essentially we’ve resurrected exactly the same Zygon as Tom Baker
fought back in the 70s. They are beautiful, and it’ll show that the special
looks forward to the future of Doctor Who and also celebrates the legend.
Q. At the end of the last
series we were introduced to John Hurt as the Doctor. What does John bring to
the role and can you tell us anything about his Doctor?
SM: With John Hurt we have
serious acting royalty and that was the intent of John’s character. John is one
of the most distinguished film stars of British origin, one of the most
distinguished actors this country has produced and has now become part of
Doctor Who mythology.
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