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The BBC announced today that David Tennant and Billie Piper will join the current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary.

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Tennant, introduced as the Tenth Doctor in “The Parting of the Ways in 2005, reigned as the Time Lord for three series and was last seen in this role in the Christmas 2009 and New Year’s Day 2010 specials “The End of Time: Parts One and Two.”

Piper played Rose Tyler, the first companion in the Doctor Who reboot in 2005, and costarred with Tennant during his first (and her second) series of the mega-hit sci-fi program. Her last appearance was also in “The End of Time: Part Two.”

John Hurt (The Confession, Harry Potter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will also costar in the Doctor Who 3D anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations. Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran. Filming for the 50th anniversary starts this week.

In the meantime, the eight-episode Doctor Who: Season Seven, Part Two begins this evening at 6:15PM local time on BBC One in the UK and at 8PM Eastern on BBC America in the U.S. Tonight’s episode, “The Bells of Saint John,” officially introduces Jenna-Louise Coleman as The Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald.

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David Tennant and Billie Piper Confirmed for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary
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