Doctor Who (2005– )
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The Day of the Doctor 

In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.


Nick Hurran


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks") | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Christopher Eccleston ... The Doctor (archive footage)
John Hurt ... The Doctor
Paul McGann ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Sylvester McCoy ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Colin Baker ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Peter Davison ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Tom Baker ... The Doctor
Jon Pertwee ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Patrick Troughton ... The Doctor (archive footage)
William Hartnell ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler / The Moment / Bad Wolf
Tristan Beint ... Tom


In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

23 November 2013 (USA) See more »


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Company Credits

Production Co:

BBC Worldwide See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Hurt did not actually audition for The War Doctor, but had been asked by the production team and "said yes with remarkable speed". See more »


The three Doctors have their hands stacked on top of each other on top of the big red button. There is a cut to Clara and then back to the Doctors. The Doctors' hands are now beside each other on the button. See more »


War Doctor: [to his counterparts] Go back! Go back to your lives. Go and be the Doctor I could never be. Make it worthwhile.
Tenth Doctor: All those years, burying you in my memory.
Eleventh Doctor: Pretending you didn't exist, keeping you a secret even from myself.
Tenth Doctor: Pretending you weren't the Doctor, when you were the Doctor more than anybody else.
Eleventh Doctor: Because you were the Doctor on the day it wasn't possible to get it right!
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Crazy Credits

A slightly modified version of the original Doctor Who (1963) opening credits (from the William Hartnell-Patrick Troughton era) appears. See more »


Referenced in Doctor Who: Hell Bent (2015) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Performed by 'The Radiophonic Workshop' (uncredited)
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2 August 2014 | by mulreaySee all my reviews

As a 35yr old Englishman Doctor who is not something you just had to grow up with it's ingrained in British television culture. I would struggle to believe someone from Britain that stated they have never heard of Doctor who. The 50th anniversary episode was a chance to cement Doctor who as not only a great concept and show but as a worldwide phenomenon. They could have messed this up completely, did they? Not even slightly.

The story arc was not only intelligent but it had the wonderful effect of answering questions that needed answering without you realising that is what they were doing. The comedy was faultless without being cheesy, the multiple doctors was a wonder for the true Doctor who fans, the effects were outstanding for a BBC TV show budget and the writing was sublime.

The only regret I have about this episode is that I didn't have the foresight to book a theater ticket to watch it in 3d whilst it aired live around the world.

A quote from Craig Glenday from Guinness World Records "Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people."

Is this the best ever episode of Doctor who? Probably. Will you smile after watching it? Definitely.

Well done BBC and Moffat you have outdone yourselves with this masterpiece.

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