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Doctor Who at 50: BBC announces 3D birthday special (2013)

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The Time Lord is accustomed to travelling through space and time, but BBC1's Doctor Who will have an added dimension for its 50th-anniversary special, as it will be filmed in 3D and shown in cinemas. A special birthday edition of the programme will be shown on 23 November, exactly 50 years after its first ever adventure, An Unearthly Child, starring William Hartnell in the title role. Viewers will be able to see the 3D version on the BBC HD channel.

Doctor Who's executive producer and lead writer, Steven Moffat, said: "It's about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore."

The BBC's controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson yesterday revealed details of the 50th-anniversary show along with a new drama slate that will include a BBC1 Saturday teatime fantasy adventure, Atlantis.

"Following the scale of everything that happened last year with the jubilee and the Olympics (I wanted) to make sure we have an event like that on the BBC and I think Doctor Who's 50th is that," said Stephenson.

There has been no shortage of speculation about the content of the 50th-birthday show, and whether it will see a reunion of previous doctors - the current incarnation is played by Matt Smith, above. Tom Baker memorably declined to appear in the 20th-anniversary special, the Five Doctors, and three of the 11 actors to have played the role are now dead.

Moffat is still working on the script for the show, which will be filmed like most of the series, in south Wales, and will follow an eight-part run.The BBC will also mark the event with a BBC2 drama about the beginnings of the show, An Adventure in Space and Time.

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