It was a big weekend for Doctor Who. Not only did it kick of its second half to Season 7 (Read our review here!) but the BBC dropped the bombshell both David Tennant and Billie Piper would be joining Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman for the 50th Anniversary. Whovians the internet-wide exploded, most with glee, others with disappointment, but not matter what folks were vocal. After finishing up the first read through the official Doctor Who Twitter and Facebook shared the above and below photos of the time the Tenth Doctor met the Eleventh,
The woman you probably don’t recognize and who’s most definitely not Rose is Joanna Page of Gavin & Stacy and is confirmed as having a role in the special. Just what that role is isn’t known, but some are speculating The Doctor’s granddaughter. I don’t know, maybe they’ll bring back The Doctor’s family since Susan, his granddaughter from the series’ first seasons, is appearing in the docu-drama from Mark Gattis about that period of Who history airing around the same time as the anniversary special. Again, lots of useless speculation, really.
But here’s something that’s no speculation – the Zygons are back! A classic Who villain quite popular among fans after only ever appearing in one seriel, the Fourth Doctor adventure, “Terror of the Zygons.” Here’s a look at their updated design,
BBC released this official statement along with the look at classic baddie,
We’re delighted to confirm that the Zygons are returning to Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary special.
Aside from flashbacks these malevolent shape-shifters have only appeared once before, threatening Earth in the Fourth Doctor adventure, Terror of the Zygons. Despite the fact that their solitary outing was over thirty years ago they remain a popular old enemy and in the 2010 episode, The Pandorica Opens, they were amongst the massed aliens said to be gathering above Stonehenge. Later, in The Power of Three, we learnt that Zygons had one of their ships under the Savoy Hotel in 1890 and apparently replaced half the staff with imposters! But this time they really are back…
Does this mean the Zygons are the big bad in the anniversary special? I doubt it, but they’re inclusion makes me hopeful we’ll be seeing even more classic monsters.
The anniversary of Doctor Who is officially November 23rd, whether the anniversary special will air then or near then isn’t known, but I imagine they’ll shoot for a date as close to the 23rd as possible. But, we’ve still got a long ways to go before. First filming starts and hopefully we’ll see a few set reports, then we’ll see promotional material, and eventually trailers and clips. Ahh! There’s so much yet to come, I can’t wait!
Source: Doctor Who TV