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'Night of the Doctor' 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Show Preview (VIDEO CLIP)

Thompson on Hollywood By David Chute | Thompson on Hollywood November 14, 2013 at 3:43PM

The mini-episode "Night of the Doctor" answers some questions and raises a few more. The most glaring example is how these developments will effect the show's overall timeline and the numbering of Doctors.
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Spoilers.

Actor David Tennant, the 10th to play The Doctor since the show went on the air in 1963, noted in a recent interview that the 50th anniversary special "Day of the Doctor," which debuts worldwide simultaneously on November 23, will “move the legend forward in a fundamental way" by finally telling us what The Doctor did in the Time War. This cataclysm has been alluded to darkly many times since the show's return to the BBC in 2005 but not discussed in any great detail. In typical ret-conning "Who" fashion it contrives to fold into the canon the 16 year-hiatus that we here on earth experienced as just the show being off the air.

The mini-episode "Night of the Doctor" (below) answers some questions and raises a few more. The most glaring example is how these developments will effect the show's overall timeline and the numbering of Doctors. When John Hurt's Doctor was introduced at the end of the season just past he appeared to be some sort of Future Doctor or Last Doctor, The Doctor at the End of the Universe. Here we see Paul McGann's 8th Doctor regenerating into him. Worst case, all the later Doctors, from Christopher Eccleston's so-called 9th onward, would need to get bumped ahead and re-numbered. But I can't see that happening. What would they do with all the tee shirts? Stage a re-call? Offer free replacements?

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.