The newly released trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is enough to restore some fans’ lost hope in the series. The trailer aired last night (19 October) as a treat for DW fans, straight after Strictly Come Dancing. Besides the truly epic soundtrack and the sense of foreboding that Matt Smith’s single line brings to the video, the Doctor Who team employed some much more impressive CGI and digital enhancements than we’re used to seeing on the show.

Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Cardiff
Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman have been filming the episode for some time.

In just over a minute, the trailer manages to go through all twelve of the Doctor’s regenerations, quite a few companions and of course, monsters, aliens and generally unpleasant foes of the Time Lord. It also offers an opportunity for a little friendly competition – who can spot the most “blink and you’ll miss it” moments, scattered throughout the trailer – a tiny yeti here, a clockwork droid here – the little souvenirs, scattered throughout the wasteland setting are almost a quiz in Time Lord history.

Check out the trailer below, courtesy of the BBC youtube channel.

"I fought for peace in a universe at war. Now the time has come to face the choices I have made in the name of the Doctor. Our future depends on one single moment of one impossible day, the day I’ve been running from all my life. The day of the Doctor."

Isn’t that exciting? To top it all off, one notable appearance in the trailer is made by the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant. Tennant was announced as a guest actor in the anniversary special months ago, but his almost central role in the trailer hints that the thenth Doc might actually get plenty of screen time in the episode as well.

The highly anticipated 50th anniversary episode, 'The Day of the Doctor,' airs on 23 November and will be shown in cinemas nationwide.

David Tennant, Nativity Premiere
The tenth Doctor will make his return in the episode.