Who rings up the golden year

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THE Tardis came to Trafal­gar Square as Doc­tor Who stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Cole­man were spot­ted in the land­mark lo­ca­tion.

They were film­ing scenes for the spe­cial 50th an­niver­sary episode of the long-run­ning sci­ence-fic­tion show in cen­tral Lon­don.

Show bosses have stayed tight-lipped about the plans for the spe­cial episode which is ru­moured to be a 3D ex­trav­a­ganza filled with fa­mil­iar faces from the his­tory of the show.

Last week, they con­firmed that former Doc­tor Who ac­tor Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston has turned down the chance to ap­pear in the episode.

The ac­tor, who played the ninth rein­car­na­tion of the timelord when the BBC re­vived the show in 200 , met writer Steven Mof­fat to dis­cuss the an­niver­sary.

‘‘Chris met with (writer) Steven Mof­fat a cou­ple of times to talk about Steven’s plans for the Doc­tor Who 50th an­niver­sary episode,’’’’ a BBC spokes­woman says.

‘‘Af­ter care­ful thought, Chris de­cided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best.’’

At least one liv­ing former doc­tor – David Ten­nant – will re­turn for the one-off show af­ter it was an­nounced he and Bil­lie Piper, who played com­pan­ion Rose Tyler for two se­ries, will join the cur­rent Doc­tor, played by Matt Smith, in the pro­gram.

Show bosses are ru­moured to be plan­ning to use old footage of pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tions for the spe­cial an­niver­sary show.

Dr Who: Sun­days, 7.30pm, ABC1

– ROBERT DEX

Matt Smith and Jen­naLouise Cole­man

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