The Shape of Who to Come

Rumors about Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary celebration next year continue to abound.  Everything from a major motion picture to the introduction of the first female Doctor continue to be bandied about as events big enough to mark the occasion.

But the movie possibility suddenly seems less likely, after the current Doctor, Matt Smith, gave a slight hint about the format of the celebration.



According to the latest issue of Doctor Who magazine, Matt Smith had a slip-of-the-tongue moment when he referred to Moffat’s “first anniversary episode,” which, by the by, Smith says is “as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven.”

A special was probably the safest guess; but a series of specials is an interesting possibility.  Special episodes have been a staple in Doctor Who since its return in 2005.  Every season has had a  Christmas special, and a series of five specials was produced between series four and five to mark the end of the previous Doctor, David Tennant’s, tenure.

Whatever happens, next year is sure to be eventful for the fifty-year-old series, as we see the departure of Amy Pond and Rory, and the introduction of a new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.


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