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Episode Guide: Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special Programming

Doctor Who Primer: The 50th Anniversary Special

REMEMBER: I will sometimes be spoiling things like when characters enter and leave (but not how), when a new Doctor appears, and a few character/alien names. This guide is for people looking for a heads up on two part episodes, cry warnings. etc. If you want to remain unspoiled for everything in Doctor Who, I recommend you get off the Internet right now and don’t come back until you’re done. Seriously. 

The 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who is, essentially, one movie length event featuring multiple Doctors. So why does it need it’s own episode guide? Because many, many delightful things were also released in celebration of the 50th anniversary, and sometimes those small delights are hard to find after they’ve aired. Let’s start with the mini-episodes and the anniversary itself.

Doctor Who Primer: Season Seven

REMEMBER: I will sometimes be spoiling things like when characters enter and leave (but not how), when a new Doctor appears, and a few character/alien names. If you want to remain unspoiled for everything, I recommend you get off the Internet right now and don’t come back until you’re done. Seriously.

Season Seven

General Notes: This season is actually split into two separate blocks – Season 7 Part 1 and Season 7 Part 2. It’s probably easier to think of it as two shorter seasons, because the first half and the second half feel entirely different, thanks to a number of changes. There are also LOTS of extras from this season, so pay close attention!

Doctor Who Primer – Season Five

REMEMBER: I will be spoiling things like when characters enter and leave (but not how), when a new Doctor appears, and a few character/alien names. If you want to remain unspoiled for everything, I recommend you get off the Internet right now and don’t come back until you’re done. Seriously.

Season Five

General Notes:  Hello Matt Smith! This is my husband’s doctor. Matt Smith brings his own style of gravitas to the role of the Doctor, with a heavy dose of silly. It’s also just been announced that, after 3 seasons, he’s leaving at the end of this year’s Christmas special. I recommend catching up before he goes, because there’s nothing like knowing you’re going to cry on Christmas day, right? *sob*

A spiral galaxy as seen over a mountain range in the deep blue of the evening.

Doctor Who Primer – The Tennant Specials

REMEMBER: I will be spoiling things like when characters enter and leave (but not how), when a new Doctor appears, and a few character/alien names. If you want to remain unspoiled for everything, I recommend you get off the Internet right now and don’t come back until you’re done. Seriously.

The Tennant Specials

General Notes: Here we are! It’s Tennant’s last “season” as the Doctor, and things get pretty intense in these last four specials. Let’s get right into it. 

A section of the Milky Way, as seen from Earth.

Doctor Who Primer – Season Four

REMEMBER: I will be spoiling things like when characters enter and leave (but not how), when a new Doctor appears, and a few character/alien names. If you want to remain unspoiled for everything, I recommend you get off the Internet right now and don’t come back until you’re done. Seriously.

Season Four

General Notes: Where season three ended on a flatter note (in my opinion), season four brings it roaring back with the reintroduction of Donna. She’s headstrong, sassy, and won’t take lip from anyone. Obviously I adore her. Her character arc is my favorite among the companions, but comes to a heart-wrenching close.