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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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Release Date:

23 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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BBC Worldwide See more »
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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?


Miniatures constructed by Mike Tucker and his company The Model Unit were using in filming for the Time War sequences, including a model of a Time Lord staser cannon and the War Doctor flying his TARDIS into and subsequently destroying several Daleks. See more »


When Queen Elizabeth takes the dagger from her garter, she does so with her left hand. There's an immediate change of shot and the dagger is now in her right hand. See more »


[from trailer]
Eleventh Doctor: I've been running all my lives... through time and space. Every second of every minute of every day for over nine hundred years. I fought for peace in a universe at war. Now the time has come to face the choices I made in the name of the Doctor. Our future depends on one single moment of one impossible day. The day I've been running from all my life. The day of the Doctor.
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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 Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Performed by 'The Radiophonic Workshop' (uncredited)
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The Day of The Doctor made my night!
2 December 2013 | by michaelbishopemerySee all my reviews

I managed to wait until the following Monday after this episode aired, so I could watch it in a movie theater in 3-D. And it was definitely worth the wait!

I had very high expectations, especially given that it was both the 50th anniversary episode AND was promoted as including the 10th Doctor; David Tennant. It delivered! Boy did it! The beginning minutes were just okay, nothing especially memorable; then from out of nowhere, I was staring at the screen like an awestruck child...and it continued until the closing credits.

Steven Moffat wrote not only a very engaging story, he also managed to deliver a powerful and action loaded finale that fit perfectly! I am a very analytically person, especially when it comes to writers trying to pull a fast one on a show's mythology; However, Moffat actually wove an intricate story that did not betray 50 years of established stories.

I was especially impressed with how he honored those 50 years; it was pure genius! Granted, some people who have not been a fan of Doctor Who since the 70's, as I am, might miss some of the more subtle nods he gives to the show's past stories; I still feel it will please newer "Whovians."

The climatic "showdown" of the episode was, for me, the best part of it all! I truly can not think of a better way to do it for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary than how it was done.

And while I am a man of late 40's, I squealed like a schoolgirl during a scene in the museum near the end (If you've seen the episode, you can probably guess why)

The only complaint that I have is...hmmm....actually, I have NONE!


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