Fans of Doctor Who are already likely to be celebrating the return of the Doctor and his companions for the BBC series' approaching seventh season. But come next year, there will be even bigger cause to celebrate. Doctor Who is turning fifty! BBC isn't letting the occasion go unacknowledged either.

Doctor Who fans are used to TV specials airing for the series between seasons, so BBC's planned acknowledgement of the series' 50th anniversary seems especially fitting on that front. Deadline reports that BBC plans to do a 90-minute TV movie called An Adventure In Space and Time, a drama which will document the genesis of the character. That should be of interest to just about anyone who's ever watched and loved the series over the course of its half-century in existence. Given the nature of the Doctor, who regenerates in different bodies (and has thus, been played by different actors), his origin story has the potential to be really great. And fans are likely to be wondering (and hoping) if all eleven doctors will appear in the special.

The first broadcast of the sci-fi series aired November 23, 1963, so BBC is aiming to get the special on the air next year. While fans have a little while to wait for and anticipate that, Doctor Who Season 7 arrives this month on BBC in the U.K. and BBC America stateside this fall. In case you haven't seen it, check out the trailer and poster here.

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