Steven Moffat: Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will be “movie-length”

Doctor Who show-runner also teases the chemistry between Matt Smith and David Tennant's Doctors


It’s long been speculated just how long Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special will be but now Steven Moffat has put fan fears to rest: it will be a feature length episode.


“I think you could call it movie-length, yeah,” he said. “I mean, I’m saying that with a slight hint of vagueness because I don’t know the finished running time. It’s certainly well over an hour.”

Moffat’s comments follow on from speculation after an official BBC press card seen at the London Toy Fair earlier this year appeared to confirm that the 50th anniversary will be marked by one special, lasting for 60 minutes; a running time that some fans viewed as not doing justice to the occasion.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the show-runner also talked about what to expect from having Matt Smith and David Tennant’s Doctors on screen together.

“They’re quite a fun pairing, I would say. There’s a bit of the normal joshing of each other but they’re both such enthusiastic Doctors. While they might be sort of competing slightly, they’re both standing there saying, “Oh god, it’s so cool, there’s two of me!” So, it’s very different. I think the other one that worked brilliantly was Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton. They were incredibly funny together. This is very different from that but it’s a sublime double act.”

He added: “They really loved each other and had a huge laugh together. And of course they’ve been through this experience that only the two of them can talk about, really, in the modern world. They are the two people that have played that part at a time when the series is this big. They spent the entire time just sitting together talking animatedly.”


Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is due to air on November 23rd. It will also be available in 3D, both via a BBC channel and by cinema screenings as the episode is broadcast on television.