'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Mini-Episode 'The Night of the Doctor' Features a Big Surprise

John Hurt in "The Day of the Doctor" (Photo: Credit: Adrian Rogers, © BBC)
John Hurt in "The Day of the Doctor" (Photo: Credit: Adrian Rogers, © BBC)
With just over a week to go until beloved sci-fi series Doctor Who turns 50, the official promotion surrounding the anniversary celebrations is kicking into high gear and Whovians everywhere are just a little bit excited at this point.

We’ve had a couple of really mind-blowing trailers for The Day of the Doctor and we’ve got a whole week of Who-related programming starting November 18, including a feature-length TV film about the origins of our favorite series.

Now there’s even a special mini-episode to really make everyone crazy. It’s called The Night of the Doctor and, without spoiling the surprise of this seven-minute clip, it seems safe to say that it’s going to blow your mind.

Watch below. 

So. The War Doctor, huh?

Excuse me while I go have a small internal freak-out alone, where no one can see me. (I will admit that I am also having a vicious internal debate about what I think all this means for Nine, because Nine is my Doctor and I don’t know how to respond to these revelations from that perspective. Help.)

The Day of the Doctor airs on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, November 23, and will be screened in a global simulcast event in over 75 countries around the world. Here in the US, it’ll air at 2:50pm EST on BBC America. Start preparing your emotions.

Thoughts on the Night of the Doctor prequel? I sort of really need to talk about this, so help a girl out. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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