Doctor Who Turns 50 In 3D

The BBC Press Office has just announced that the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be in glorious 3D! The special broadcast will run in addition to the standard 2D version.
They say: As part of the BBC's blockbuster celebrations to mark the Doctor turning 50, fans will be able to see the Time Lord and his adventures like never before - in 3D, to be broadcast using some of the BBC’s HD capacity. Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said:  “It's about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore."

The announcement came as Ben Stephenson set out his vision for drama on the BBC and announced a new set of commissions at an event tonight for writers, actors, industry and press.

Stephenson said: "It's a nationwide celebration of both Doctor Who and the BBC because I think they are so synonymous. We will be doing a big Doctor Who special in 3D which is very exciting and feels very innovative. We will be doing it on cinema screens as well. We are working out the logistics of that at the moment because we need to make sure the main BBC1 experience remains absolute value for money for the audience."

There has been a huge amount of speculation about the plot and cast of the 50th Anniversary and all of the stars of the show have remained resolutely tight-lipped about their possible involvement, with all, David Tennant included, insisting that they have not been called upon by Steven Moffat. Ben Stephenson was no less evasive:

"There will be lots of aliens and daleks and things like that – or maybe there won't. There are many different things to take into account and we will also have a Christmas special after that and it all connects. Or maybe it doesn't. There's lots to work out." he said, adding, "It's that thing of, how do you make individual programmes more than the sum of their parts? The Doctor Who 50th is a bit like when we did EastEnders' 25th; it is more than just a programme, we have all had a relationship to it.
"Ninety per cent of the British public know about Doctor Who and have a personal connection to it. Most people have their own Doctor Who. It's drawing on that nostalgia to say something bigger about the BBC and its values."

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary show is due to start filming in the next couple of months in and around Cardiff.

Source: The Guardian