Not that this news is entirely unexpected, but are you ready to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with multiple specials? You better be, if this highly scrutinized quote from Matt Smith is to be believed.
The actor told Doctor Who Magazine that he’d read the “first” anniversary special, and it is “as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven”. So if there’s a first, there’s at least a second, right? If we understand how numbers work, which we mostly do?
So what does that mean for the Who timeline? First off, we still have no idea when Season 7 will be premiering, though there will be some one-off screenings of the premiere in the UK and Australia by the end of August. Presumably, the new eps will premiere on the BBC and BBC America soon after that. There’s only five of them, though, cresting with the goodbye to Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in episode five.
Then, it’s on to the Christmas Special (guess when that premieres?) featuring the intro of Jenna-Louise Coleman’s new Companion, who may or may not be named Clara. That’ll be followed by the remaining eight episodes of the season broadcasting throughout 2013.
So is this “first” anniversary special one of those episodes? Or is it a stand-alone that will be broadcast after that? And how many specials will there be? Beyond that, even, Smith knows what’s going to happen in Season Eight, which will be broadcast in 2014 – to which Moffat asked Smith, “Are you ready to cry?”
Granted, that’s pretty far off, but there’s a lot of plot threads that need to be tied up, particularly the “question that must not be answered” and the “fall of the Eleventh,” which are all promised to be down the pike. The latter, at least, probably needs to be answered before Smith leads the program. When that will be, we – and maybe even Smith – have no idea.
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