Doctor Who: Fans react to the dazzling Day of the Doctor trailer

Generally positive reaction to Saturday night's one minute promo clip featuring past Doctors - and the first high resolution colour image of William Hartnell - but where was Billie Piper?


“Wow!” Was the one word response of Steve Richards on our message boards.


OHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOY!! Was the reaction of another Whovian.

And fans of the latest BBC1 trailer on the Day of the Doctor were similarly impassioned in the Doctor Who community as we were told to #savetheday, a clever pun on what every self respecting fan will be doing on November 23. And probably a fair description of what the Doctor will be up to as well.

As #SaveTheDay trended on Twitter, thousands of fans took to cyberspace to speculate on quite what it meant, spotting little things like Tom Baker’s Jelly Babies, Peter Davison’s cricket ball and what it was that appeared between the legs of the poor chap getting zapped by a Dalek. 

This round up of some of the things you may have missed is particularly eagle-eyed.

Did you spot the Tardis key, Jon Pertwee’s Edwardian car Bessie, the Fob Watch the Empress of the Racnoss? You probably did. Or some of them at least.

Some fans were a little miffed that no actual footage from the Day of the Doctor appeared, but you can’t have everything. And who would want a spoiler anyway?

And why wasn’t Billie Piper in it? Or was she? I couldn’t see her. Maybe you did. Current companion Clara was the main star – does this mean she holds the key to the whole episode?

Whatever the answer, November 23 is getting closer – and if you didn’t get what you were after you can at least console yourself with the first ever high resolution colour image of William Hartnell and a pretty dramatic voice over from Matt Smith hinting at what is in store.

“I have been running all my lives,” he tells us. “Through time and space. Every second of every minute of every day for over 900 years. I fought for peace in a universe of war. Now the time has come to face the choices I have made in the name of the Doctor. Our future depends on one single moment of one impossible day. The day I have been running from all my life. The Day of the Doctor.”

He then appears on a cliff, grabs his Sonic Screwdirver, and is ready for action….


No doubt fans will continue to be freeze framing it from now until… the Day of the Doctor.