A round-up of the latest news concerning the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special and 2013 Christmas special; the last to feature Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor:
WINSTON CHURCHILL TO RETURN?
At a Q&A convention last weekend, actor Ian McNeice who played Prime Minster Winston Churchill in Doctor Who apparently told the audience that he is to reprise the role of the character. A now deleted tweet from the venue stated:
"Ooooo spoilers…. Winston Churchill to return to Doctor Who."
McNeice later denied the rumour, tweeting:
"There is absolutely a false rumour there is no truth that I am returning to Doctor Who."
All of the above is yet to be officialy confirmed, seeing are plans on both the 50th anniversary and 2013 Christmas specials are being kept airtight for now.
BBC RESPONDS TO COMPLAINTS OF LACK OF 50th ANNIVERSARY ADVERTISING
The BBC has responded to criticisms over the perceived lack of advertising for the 50th anniversary special. They stated on their official Facebook page the following:
"We can assure you our 50th celebrations will in no way be muted - we’ll have details soon but for now, trust us! You won’t miss our celebrations, promise."
They also responded on Twitter, tweeting:
"Oh we’re going to give you so much more than a trailer… patience. It’s worth the wait - we promise."
So the BBC are promising more than a trailer in preperation of the broadcast for the special for fans, though they are yet to be announced.
THE FALL OF ARCADIA TO FEATURE IN ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL?
According the online CV of actor Ankur Sengupta, he will play two minor rolls in the upcoming 50th anniversary special; One as a UNIT soldier and another - more interestingly - as an Arcadian refugee. Arcadia was mentioned by the Tenth Doctor back in the series two final Doomsday, saying: "I was there at the Fall of Arcadia. Someday I might even come to terms with that." So a visit to Arcadia during the Time War could be on the table for the special. All is yet to be officially confirmed though.
THE CYBERMEN IN 2013 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL?
On Twitter, Darrelle Parker - a professional stunt woman who as worked on Doctor Who - recently tweeted:
"Great to be stunting again for Dr Who in the Christmas special playing a Cyberman."
This rumours a return for the Cybermen in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special. Zygon creator Robert Banks Stewart also claimed that they are to appear in the 50th anniversary special too, the BBC have yet to confirm this.
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will broadcast later this year, with Matt Smith's final episode to broadcast at Christmas, both on BBC One and BBC One HD.