It's almost time for a new adventure full of multiple Doctors, old foes, and as much wibbly-woobly, timey-wimey stuff as possible. November 23rd marks the around the world debut of the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who entitled The Day of the Doctor. And just in time to whet our appetites, the BBC has announced an official plot synopsis for the upcoming special:
(No actual spoilers ahead, although if you want to know nothing about the new episode you may not want to read any further.)
"The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. 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. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him."
While this is only a small morsel to last for almost three more weeks, there are three great pieces of information here for us to sink our teeth in to and obsess over, at least for a little while longer.
1. Trouble from the Past
Since the epic announcement of the incredible John Hurt as "The Doctor", fan boys have been throwing out their theories as to who this incarnation of the Doctor could be (including myself). Could it be a former Doctor, a future Doctor, or some weird hybrid Doctor spawned from a glass of wine and a long lonely jont in space (just kidding, I hope). However, the most prominent theory is that John Hurt represents a past incarnation of the Doctor between Doctor's number 8 and 9. It seems from the synopsis that this may be the case, especially due to the line "the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him."
2. Special Takes Place in 3 Settings
We have known for a while that the special would include a fairly lengthy stay in an Elizabethan setting, mainly from casting announcements and leaked set photos (like the one above). It now seems we are going to get to adventure with our Doctor in three portions of time/space: 2013 London, 1562 Elizabethan England, and the place of a great "ancient battle," which leads us to point number 3....
3. Possible Time War Reference
Many Whovians have assumed for a while that John Hurt's Doctor would be a part of the great mystery that is the end of the great Time War. Since it is common knowledge that the Doctor went to extraordinary lengths to end the mysterious Time War, could it be we get to see the conclusion of the Time War ourselves? Do we actually get a slight glimpse into the past to truly understand the tragic and genocidal past of the Doctor?
For now, we can only guess. The Day of the Doctor airs on BBC & BBC America November 23rd. If this isn't enough to hold your appetite and you somehow missed the delicious new trailer for The Day of the Doctor, check it out below: