The Night of the Doctor


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The Night of the Doctor

Series 7


First Transmitted

23 November 2013

Final Ratings



50th Anniversary Limited Edition


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Regular Cast

Paul McGann (The Doctor)

Guest Cast

Emma Campbell-Jones (Cass), Clare Higgins (Ohila), and introducing John Hurt as the War Doctor


Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by John Hayes
Produced by Denise Paul


Still trying to skirt around the edges of the Last Great Time War, The Doctor is forced to fully join the conflict by the mysterious Sisterhood of Karn. Killed while trying to save a woman who hates him for simply being a Time Lord, The Doctor gets to choose what his next incarnation will be like. He arranges for a warrior… but makes the darkest sacrifice of his life in order to be reborn.


The idea for “The Night of the Doctor” came following the creation of the previously unknown incarnation of the Doctorplayed by John Hurt in “The Name of the Doctor”. Steven Moffat decided that he wanted to see how this Doctor came into being, with the best story idea being a direct regeneration from The Doctor, which would have the added benefit of showing the end of the Doctor, which Moffat had always wanted to see. Having contacted Paul McGann, who indicated his willingness to participate, Moffat then constructed the mini-episode to serve as an additional surprise for the fans, as well as serving as an introductory piece to “The Day of the Doctor”

“The Night of the Doctor” was recorded at Roath Lock on 7–8 May 2013; the first day of filming consisted of all scenes taking place on the planet Karn, while the second day consisted of scenes in Cass’ spaceship.[10] Rather than a return to the costume from theTV movie or using the new image that Big Finish had introduced, Moffat decided on a variationof theTV movie outfit designed by Howard Burden. The new outfit referenced the previous one, retaining the long green coat and grey waistcoat, but making it appear more of an”adventurer’s” rather than”gentleman’s” outfit.[9] at the same time, pictures of McGann in costume were taken on the current TARDIS console room set


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