Doctor Who fans will get a 3D movie to celebrate the science-fiction adventure show’s 50th anniversary.
The special episode ofDoctor Who will be 90 minutes long, and TV writer and producer Steven Moffat has reportedly been given “free reign” to develop the script for the episode.
“Filming for the anniversary starts in two weeks and there is a real buzz around it — especially as it’ll be for 3D,” said an insider close to the show. “The episode has been written but we don’t know whether it’ll be an hour, 75 minutes or 90 minutes long – that’s in Steven’s hands and he has free reign.
“The plan is for a TV movie to mark 50 years of the show. It will be the highlight of the celebrations.”
Lead actor Matt Smith helped anticipation grow by hyping up the Doctor Who to fans and critics at a question-and-answer session before the current season aired on Saturday.
“I read the script and clapped at the end,” Smith said, adding, “It’s epic and vast and fans won’t be disappointed. It’s the biggest and best exciting year and this script delivers on all those things.”
The latest season of the long-running show has the Doctor searching for companion Clara Oswald. Together they will battle monsters on far-away planets and fight an army of upgraded Cybermen.
Coleman said that after auditioning, she was excited to begin working with the Doctor.
“He was like a hurricane, full of fantastic ideas and spontaneity,” Coleman said of Matt Smith. “He started playing different characters I could bounce off and made me feel as if he were auditioning himself, he got so into it.
“I remember thinking how fantastic it would be if I actually got the part, how great it would be working with Matt. And that’s exactly what’s happened. Matt’s the perfect leading man and sets such a lovely tone on set, making the atmosphere wonderful. There’s really not much more you could ask for in your co-star.”
Those without access to the BBC will also get a chance to see the Doctor Who movie. It will be screened in theaters worldwide at the same time it is aired by BBC1.