Doctor Who: Matt Smith and David Tennant at 50th anniversary read-through – pictures

New images released also show Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page joining Jenna-Louise Coleman and the cast for the birthday episode

Want to see David Tennant returning to the Doctor Who fold just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary?

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In these pictures, Tennant – who played the tenth incarnation of the Time Lord – is seen at the script read-through with current series stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman. Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page can also be seen as having joined the guest cast for the birthday episode – the 35-year-old being the latest signing following the announcement of John Hurt and returnee Billie Piper at the weekend.

Matt Smith recently told Radio Times: “It will be everything that it needs to be, the anniversary. And in November there will be a right old party.” But for fans, for whom this is the first sighting of Tennant back in harness since his departure in 2010, the celebrations will have already started.

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Filming on the 50th anniversary episode beings this week, while the current series of Doctor Who continues on Saturday at 6.15pm on BBC1.