Doctor Who anniversary special airing 24 November

The 50th anniversary Doctor Who special — "The Day of the Doctor" — will be airing on the ABC in Australia on 24 November.

The 50th anniversary Doctor Who special — "The Day of the Doctor" — will be airing on the ABC in Australia on 24 November.

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The ABC will be joining the global simulcast for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor", on Sunday, 24 November 2013. The exact time is yet to be confirmed, but the channel will rebroadcast the episode at 7.30pm AEDT and again on Monday, 25 November.

Australia joins over 75 other countries across six continents (down from the original 200 countries , the BBC has claimed) in broadcasting the episode at exactly the same time to avoid leaks and spoilers.

The 75-minute special will star Matt Smith, his predecessor David Tennant, new companion Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and the fabulous John Hurt as a previously unseen incarnation of the time-travelling Gallifreyan. It seems that previous rumours the episode would star every single incarnation of the Doctor to date were slightly exaggerated.

As the clock counts down to the episode, ABC iView and ABC2 will be showing a series of Doctor Who classic episodes and specials. On iView, kicking off on 28 September, 47 episodes hand picked from the archives will be shown every Saturday, with the final episode voted in by fans on the iView Facebook page.

ABC2 will air a Doctor Who special at 7.30pm AEDT every Sunday from 20 October. These will be:

  • "Doctor Who Explained" on 20 October

  • "The Science of Doctor Who" on 27 October

  • "The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who" on 3 November

  • "The Women of Doctor Who" on 10 November

  • "The Destinations of Doctor Who" on 17 November.

 

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