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‘Doctor Who’ looks back, forward on 50th anniversary

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"I feel sort of very proud to be part of such a wonderful legacy of actors," said Smith, adding that in the 50th anniversary special, "We sort of honor the history and heritage of those who have gone before us."

Doctors 10 and 11 star in a that special, which is airing at the same time around the globe — Saturday afternoon here in Utah on BBC America. Titled "The Day of the Doctor," it features Tennant, Smith and John Hurt as the War Doctor. Not a lot of details have been released, but we know that the Doctors will be faced with the Daleks and the Zygons — enemies familiar to fans; something terrible is awakening in present-day London; a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches a devastating conclusion; and the Doctor’s past comes back to haunt him.

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BBC America

“An Adventure in Space and Time,” which looks back at the origins of “Doctor Who,” debuts Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 9 p.m.

The 50th-anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” premieres Saturday at 12:50, 5 and 9 p.m.

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Smith is nearing the end of his run as the Doctor. In the annual Christmas Day special, he will regenerate into Capaldi.

"I’ve had a great time," Smith said. "I’ll miss it, and it was a hard choice. I ponder it and think, ‘I’ve made a huge mistake. What am I doing? Don’t leave.’ I mean, it’s transformed my career.

"I think the thing about ‘Doctor Who’ is that it always looks forward. That’s the key. And the show will get bigger and better and carry on without me."


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