Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Extravaganza

This year, the BBC sci-fi TV series "Doctor Who" celebrates fifty years on our screens and this has been celebrated worldwide with conventions, TV specials and merchandise. This makes it the longest running science fiction TV series of all time. Be aware this article may include spoilers for 'Night of the Doctor', 'The Day of the Doctor' and 'An Adventure in Space and Time.'
'An Adventure in Space and Time' Review
An Adventure in Space and Time is a brand new TV movie (produced my Mark Gatiss) telling the story of Doctor Who's beginning and William Hartnell's time on the show.
                At a time when Verity Lambert was struggling for work and William Hartnell wanted interesting work, Sydney Newman had an idea for a groundbreaking Science Fiction TV Series called 'Doctor Who.' Sydney Newman hired Verity Lambert to produce the series; Verity Lambert was the first female producer at the BBC and Waris Hussein was the first Indian director at the BBC.
                The acting in this film is incredibly accurate, the actors do a great job of capturing the likeness of the show's original castand crew. David Bradley brings a huge amount of emotion to the story as William Hartnell, Brian Cox plays the clever Sydney Newman and Jessica Raine stars as the interesting character Verity Lambert.
                This TV movie's greatest strength is the emotion that the actors are able to convey, for example the scene were Sydney Newman (Brian Cox) tells William Hartnell (David Bradley) that they want Doctor Who to continue but without him is heartbreaking. And of course, William Hartnell looking into the future to see Matt Smith's 11th Doctor during the filming of his final scene was beatiful.
10/10: There is no way this programme could have been any better. The acting is superb with brilliant performances by the cast. Short cameos by original companions will make this even more special for die hard fans. The film accuratly represents the events that took place between 1963 and 1966. I would recommend this programme to anyone who is a fan of classic or new Doctor Who.
'The Day of the Doctor' Review
Since its such a massive occasion for the show, we need a special episode. And we have that, with "The Day of the Doctor". This episode stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Louise Coleman, Billie Piper and Jemma Redgrave.
                As set up in "The Name of the Doctor", this episode features John Hurt playing a mysterious incarnation of the character. This episode revealed him as "The War Doctor". This Doctor was responsible for ending the Time War and destroying both Dalek's and Time Lord's as well as the destruction of his home planet, Gallifrey.
                A signifacant part of this episode was the massive change it made to the 'Doctor Who' timeline involving the Doctor not destroying Gallifrey but freezing it in one second out of sync with the rest of the universe. Making the entire planet invisible to the Dalek's. During this scene we see small parts from all thirteen Doctor's. That's right all Thirteen in this scene we see a second long debut of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.
                After the Doctor has saved Gallifrey we see a cameofrom Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor) as the curator of a gallery. This scene also sets up the idea that the Doctor can revisit old faces within his regeneration cycle. To make it clear, Tom Baker was not playing the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, but a future incarnation.
9/10: This episode is incredible. It feature some really funny scenes but also it shows a very dark tone and changes the future of the show for the better. Although, the problem with bringing back Gallifrey is that it undoes seven series of character development, and could be for better or worse.
'The Night of the Doctor' Review
In the run up to the 50th, the BBC released a special mini-episode as a prequel to 'Day of the Doctor'. The Press Release for the Night of the Doctor said "The Day of the Doctor stars Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, only one of them features in 'The Night of the Doctor', but which..." Everyone assumed it would be John Hurt, but it turned out the star of this minisode is Paul McGann!
                That's right, after seventeen years waiting for Paul McGann's return to our screens in 'Doctor Who', we finally have it. In this mini-episode we see the 8th Doctor try to rescue a woman on a crashing ship only to crash on Gallifrey and be forced to regenerate, into The War Doctor (John Hurt).
10/10: This is perfect, Paul McGann's performace is amazing and it gives fans everything that we have wanted for years.
Predictions for the Future
I predict that by the end of Peter Capaldi's run as the Doctor, he will have found Gallifrey. I also predict that by 2015 there will be a new or returning Spin-Off series. I think this will be either be: Torchwood Series 5, a Jack Harkness and River Song series, an 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) series or a series based on another classic companion.


Sam Hargrave