As many of you who follow this blog or my Twitter feed know, I not only have a deep love for all things Elizabethan, but I’m also deeply attached to the BBC’s Doctor Who (thank you, PBS in the US for showing reruns of Fourth Doctor episodes in my youth!). If you have been following news about the much anticipated 50th anniversary episode that will be broadcast worldwide this month, you might be excited to know that the synopsis for the episode has officially been released. Via the official Doctor Who page on Facebook:
The official synopsis for ‘The Day of the Doctor’ has been released! Those who don’t want to know anything more about the episode, look away now… The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th Anniversary Special: in 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.
Did you read that correctly, my friends? We already knew that Elizabeth I was going to play a part in the 50th anniversary episode (likely as a part of a running joke involving a relationship between her and the 10th Doctor, portrayed by David Tennant), but now we have a date and hints. “A Murderous plot” set in 1562? Could they tie this to Elizabeth nearly dying of smallpox in that year? Relate it to the Treaty of Hampton Court, maybe? Nah, they will probably connect it to something else entirely. Still, it is fun to guess!