The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special is only two months away and it’s a bit surprising and unbelievably frustrating that we’ve seen absolutely nothing from it! No teasers, no clips, no trailer, nothing! In a hope to rectify that the BBC has released two, very quick teasers. Though they themselves are even more frustrating, as you’ll see when you watch them below.
A hashtag and an audio clip! That’s all you can offer us, BBC!?! Well, that’s disappointing, though, I’ll admit I’ve watched each about a half dozen times already. And thankfully, the BBC has finally confirmed a proper trailer is on its way. In a press release announcing the release of these two “stingers”, the Beeb said,
One of them is a brand new trailer, specially written and shot for The Day of the Doctor. It’s never been seen before and is currently in post-production. Bold, brilliant and unexpected, it promises to be an ideal way to look forward to the big day – 23 November.
Which sounds lovely, but you could have simply shared the footage screened at Comic Con and I’m sure we’d be content. I do wonder, since it mentions this trailer was specially written and shot for the special and I take that to mean the footage doesn’t come from the special, if this is related to that “protest” former Doctors were seen filming in front of the BBC offices? Then again it could be something like a lead-in, prequel minisode. I’d rather just some footage from The Day of the Doctor, but they seem to be real keen on keeping that hidden as long as possible.
Speaking of minisodes, here’s a never before seen minisode of The Doctor and River out on a date written by Neil Gaiman. It’s short, cute, and delivers that quick Who fix we’ve been craving. Gaiman explains on his Tumblr,
For the puzzled and curious. The lost Planet of the Rain Gods sequence from THE DOCTOR’S WIFE, which was drawn by Mark Buckingham as a comic featuring the Doctor and Amy and Rory in the 2012 Doctor Who Brilliant Book, was then rewritten by me as a Doctor/River minisode for the DVD, and then that script was filmed more or less given some limitations of time and budget, does now sort of exist.
(It’s credited to Steven Moffat as writer, but then, they’ve credited me on the box as writer of The Name of the Doctor which he wrote and I didn’t, so there you go.)
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor airs simultaneously on BBC, BBC America, and Space on November 23rd. Planning to #SaveTheDay?