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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 »
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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.

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Did You Know?


John Hurt is frequently said to be the oldest man to play the Doctor. Although he is the oldest actor to play the Doctor on first appearance, Tom Baker (who is 6 years and two days older than Hurt) makes an appearance in this story as The Curator, an implied later incarnation of the Doctor. Baker also continues to play the Doctor in BBC licensed Big Finish Doctor Who (1963) audio adventures, increasing his lead over Hurt. See more »


after the doctor proposes to Elizabeth I and is then giving his reason for not believing she is the real Elizabeth the horse in the background changes positions between shots. See more »


Tenth Doctor: [pulling out a device] Ding!
Elizabeth I: What's that?
Tenth Doctor: It's a machine that goes... ding! Made it myself. Lights up in the presence of shapeshifting DNA. Also, it can microwave frozen dinners from up to 20 feet and download comics from the future. I never know when to stop.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature a new arrangement of the classic "Doctor Who" theme track playing out. See more »


Referenced in Showreel: Showreel and the $120 Coat (2013) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Day of the Doctor: A celebration of where the show is, not really one of where it came from
13 December 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I was far from the UK when this screened and yet the hype and excitement for it still reached all around the world, with synchronized screenings on television and in cinemas in many countries. This special had been billed as a celebration of 50 years of the show and this impression had been added to by the use of old footage in the previous episode and lots of other films and documentaries about the wider world of Doctor Who. The reality is though that, aside from the references and images from the older episodes, this really is more of a celebration of where the show is right now rather than reaching back to try and capture any specific other era.

This shows in the film because it fits very naturally into the last few seasons in that it is entertaining, doesn't always hang together, has the odd "intense" character moment to make the viewer think it might do more, has lots of timey-wimey stuff and occasionally just relies on the BBC orchestra bashing out dramatic music to make the viewer think it is more exciting and engaging than it actually is. This isn't to say that it is bad, but just that while it has the strengths of the recent shows, it also has the weaknesses as well. As such we have some comic stuff that doesn't work, a whole plot line involving the Queen which really doesn't seem to fit particularly well into the other thread and, as a result, just appears to be dropped when it suits. The darker thread is more engaging and, although it gives the character a bit of a cop-out, I did find it interesting.

A big part of this is the performances from the 3 Doctors. Hurt is easily engaging and, if this is below him, he certainly doesn't show it. Tennant is a welcome return aside from a bit too much mugging with the Queen, while Smith is OK but really standing next to these two doesn't help him one bit. Coleman is her usual flirty self – she has a nice twinkle and she suits the tone of most of the show now, but there is not too much beyond this. I have no idea why they wanted to bring Piper back – she did not need to be the character she played and her performance is a bit too stilted and awkward – I could have lived without her. The supporting cast continues the trend of the show to be keen enough but secondary players – but the three leads mostly do the job well.

It is big and it does entertain but it is also occasionally silly and also, while it reaches for darkness and interesting ideas at times, one feels like its heart isn't really in it with any sort of consistency. So in this regard it is pretty much the show as it is now and as such I guess it will please those like me who accept it as a BBC family- friendly blockbuster but not those who love the original series. It works for what it is and where it is, but with this comes the weakness and downside of the recent few seasons.

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