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If you want to get involved, start with this year's Christmas special. I won't say why, but it will be the perfect start. Hope you join Doctor Who then @Creasy47.
@Creasy47 - I don't think there's any specific point you should jump in at. Try and see a number of stories from the different eras to give you an idea. I guess catching up on the Smith stories so far would be a good start.
In short, Doctor Who is about an alien, called the Doctor, who travels through time and space, often with a companion.
I am not a fan of his Dictor.Too much grizzling. Smith is only 29 but gets the character straight away.
If you watch his episodes, you may as well go the whole way and start with the Eccleston series instead.
Forgotten all about this! Looks great! Roll on the new series!
Also New title sequance for 50th.
I'll have an answer in 2014
All that information is very exciting and should mean some great stories are heading our way over the next year and a bit.
The BBC today announced that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.
An Adventure In Space And Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23rd November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.
Written by Mark Gatiss, it is executive produced by current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner. The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama, and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two.
Mark Gatiss said: "This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original. And how an actor - William Hartnell - stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I've wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who's 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true."
Steven Moffat, Executive Producer, said: “The story of Doctor Who is the story of television - so it's fitting in the anniversary year that we make our most important journey back in time to see how the TARDIS was launched.”
The production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting.
What about the Richard E. Grant (twice DW himself) in the Xmas special??
Lets hope he is the next Master.
Not a bad idea to gen up on some background info from the 'Classic series' as well, as the show and character existed way before 2005 and developed as it went along since its beginning in 1963. Visiting the official website may be a good place for that... :)
As to Tennant... his is a very 'mainstream' Doctor; one for the masses. It's a very human incarnation, less alien. If you don't mind that, it's hard to fault really - and he's an excellent actor (his Hamleyt was fantastic). But it's for that reason that he's far from my favourite too - given, you know, The Doctor isn't a human being. Plus, his Mockney accent always was a bit grating - why he didn't use his excellent natural Scottish brogue, I'll never know, but hey-ho...
Something more in line with the Seventh Doctor would have sounded far better, I agree.
I've only seen some of the new ones, but he's actually my favourite one out of the 3 doctors I've seen. More down to earth than the others, I like how he kept his northen accent. Tennant was Scottish but used an English accent which just sounds annoying.
I'm listening to it as I type.
All in all, quite a dark story that would not have been out of place in series 26 or 27. And if the next two stories (Black And White & Gods And Monsters) follow suit, then 7th Doctor fans in particular will be in for a treat. =D> Bring 'em on Big Finish.
Very sad, feel for the family. RIP.
I'm very excited about this development. Great idea and very fitting for the 50th anniversary.