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David Tennant and Billie Piper Confirmed to Return for 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special

April 1, 2013 (1:57 am) GMT
The tenth Doctor Who and his on-screen companion will join Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman and John Hurt in the anniversary episode, which will begin filming this week.

and will team up once again as the tenth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler in "" 50th anniversary special, BBC America has officially announced. They join the show's all-star cast which also includes and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who play the current Doctor and his newest companion Clara Oswald, as well as British screen veteran .

Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary special will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran. Filming will begin this week and it's said that the special episode could end up being up to 90 minutes long. The special will reportedly screen in 3D theaters at the same time it airs on BBC One.

Talking about the anniversary special, Smith recently said, "I read the script and clapped at the end." He went on gushing, "It's epic and vast and fans won't be disappointed. It's the biggest and best exciting year and this script delivers on all those things."

The upcoming special will mark the first time Tennant reprises his role as the tenth Doctor since he was last seen in a January 1, 2010 episode, where Piper also returned as his companion Rose Tyler. Piper later made a brief cameo in an episode of season 6 airing in August 2011.

"Doctor Who" returned with the second part of its seventh season last Saturday, March 30 on BBC America.

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