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.
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.