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Illustration for article titled The Anniversary Special is ‘Movie Lengthed’ according to Steven Moffat

As ever, it seems that Who fans might have needlessly freaked out when that London Toy Fair banner mentioned that the 50th Anniversary special was to be only 60 minutes long. Whilst still being cryptically vague - because he's Steven Bloody Moffat - the Grand Moff has declared that there's nothing to worry about.


Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Moffat commented on fan concerns about the length of the special:

"I think you could call it movie-length, yeah,” he said. “I mean, I’m saying that with a slight hint of vagueness because I don’t know the finished running time. It’s certainly well over an hour."


Of course that 'hint of vagueness' gives Moffat a bit of wiggle space, but that certainly sounds like we could be looking at a 90 minute special - or perhaps, even longer, dare we hope?

Moffat also spoke to EW about the pairing of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor:

“They’re quite a fun pairing, I would say. There’s a bit of the normal joshing of each other but they’re both such enthusiastic Doctors. While they might be sort of competing slightly, they’re both standing there saying, “Oh god, it’s so cool, there’s two of me!” So, it’s very different. I think the other one that worked brilliantly was Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton. They were incredibly funny together. This is very different from that but it’s a sublime double act.”

“They really loved each other and had a huge laugh together. And of course they’ve been through this experience that only the two of them can talk about, really, in the modern world. They are the two people that have played that part at a time when the series is this big. They spent the entire time just sitting together talking animatedly.”


So, not forgetting Rule Number 1 (The Doctor Steven Moffat lies), we might take this with a little grain of salt, but still... that should calm a few worries that the Anniversary Special won't do justice to Doctor Who. Well, some. You know what we Doctor Who fans are like.

[Radio Times]

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