With the new series of Doctor Who premiering tonight, we’ve now got some official confirmation of the all-star cast that will be taking part in the 50th Anniversary celebration.
Go behind the jump to check out some of the stars that will be returning for the blockbuster celebration.
10th Doctor fans, rejoice! David Tennant has been confirmed for the anniversary special, along with Billie Piper and legendary actor John Hurt.
Tennant has been busy since his departure from the TARDIS in 2010 – his two-part special Spies of Warsaw is premiering on BBC America on April 3rd. Spies of Warsaw is based on an acclaimed novel, a spy thriller set in the years just before the Second World War. The anniversary marks the first time Tennant will reprise his role as the 10th Doctor since his last appearance on January 1, 2010.
Billie Piper played beloved companion Rose for two series after the 2005 reboot, and is also making her first appearance since Tennant’s departure. Tennant and Piper will be joining the current Doctor and his companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.
Legendary actor John Hurt (Harry Potter, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) will also take part in what is sure to be an amazing episode. The anniversary is penned by Steven Moffat, and filming began in the UK this week. Check out an excerpt from the press release below:
AHEAD OF TONIGHT’S PREMIERE, DOCTOR WHO ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR CAST FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY
David Tennant and Billie Piper to return for blockbuster celebrations with John Hurt also confirmed
Ahead of tonight’s premiere, Doctor Who revealed some of the all-star cast that will mark the 50th anniversary. David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien, Harry Potter) will also co-star.
Last seen as the Doctor on January 1, 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor. During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials. He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, The Parting of the Ways.
Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, The End of Time in 2010.
Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations. Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran.
Filming for the 50th anniversary begins this week in the UK. Meanwhile, Doctor Who returns to BBC America tonight, March 30, 8:00pm ET/PT with eight epic episodes, which officially introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Doctor Who will be immediately followed by the world-premiere of new original series Orphan Black at 9:00pm ET/PT and Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist at 10:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday.
In addition to the above, BBC America will be airing an all-new special on March 31st entitled Doctor Who: The Companions. Join the newest companion, Clara Oswald, as she takes a look back at the Doctor’s companions over the years. Some of the other names helping with commentary include Matt Smith, David Tennant, Arthur Darvill and John Barrowman.
Be sure to tune in for the premiere tonight, and for all the amazing specials and celebrations to come!
Source: BBC America