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'Doctor Who' specials, documentaries and classic episodes for 50th

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The BBC has unveiled its slate of programming to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.

The sci-fi drama's 50th special - starring Matt Smith and David Tennant - will be titled 'The Day of the Doctor' and will be 75 minutes in length.

'Doctor Who' iconic image for the 50th anniversary

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'Doctor Who' iconic image for the 50th anniversary



Smith said: "The Day of the Doctor is nearly here! Hope you all enjoy. There's lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now."

All of the BBC's channels will dedicate programmes to Doctor Who in the run-up to the golden anniversary on November 23.

BBC Two will air a special lecture by Professor Brian Cox on the science of Doctor Who, while arts programme The Culture Show will present 'Me, You and Doctor Who' - an hour-long special with life-long Who fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the long-running TV drama.

The channel will also air the previously-announced drama biopic An Adventure in Space and Time - written by Mark Gatiss, the 90-minuter stars David Bradley as Doctor Who's first lead William Hartnell.


BBC Three will host a countdown to the top Doctor Who monster in Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend, while for those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide will introduce fans and viewers to a wealth of archive material and act as a guide to all things Who.

The channel also has one further commission related to the series, details of which will be confirmed later this year.

BBC Four is to air classic Doctor Who episodes, with the first ever four-part story 'An Unearthly Child' getting a repeat outing in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.

There will also be programmes across CBBC, BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 Extra and exclusive iPlayer content.

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Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, said: "50 years has turned Doctor Who from a television show into a cultural landmark. Personally I can't wait to see what it becomes after a hundred."

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, added: "Doctor Who is a titan of British television and I'm incredibly proud to have it on the BBC.

"It's an astonishing achievement for a drama to reach its 50th anniversary. I'd like to thank every person - on both sides of the camera - who has been involved with its creative journey over so many years."

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Watch Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman talk Doctor Who's 50th with Digital Spy below:

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