The Zygons confirmed for 50th anniversary special

April 2nd, 2013
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The Zygons will be back in the 50th anniversary special!

The shape-shifting aliens were first introduced to the series’ mythology in the Tom Baker serial Terror of the Zygons.

Their return in this year’s landmark episode was confirmed today when the BBC released a filming image of a new look Zygon out on location. Production for the episode, which will feature the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper, began today after the read-through took place last night.

The blockbuster episode will be shown in 3D on BBC One and in cinemas in November.

Guest stars in the story, which has “a lot of surprises”, are John Hurt and Joanna Page.

Thanks to JC for the news!

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7 comments on this article
  1. Patrick
    April 2nd, 2013 at 7.27pm | #1

    i don’t know an awful lot about the zygons but it shows that moffat cares about the Classic as hes a fan of the Classic himself.

  2. Patrick
    April 2nd, 2013 at 7.30pm | #2

    and its great they are coming back for the 50th!

  3. TE
    April 2nd, 2013 at 11.30pm | #3

    Can’t wait for some shapeshifting trickery! Tennant must be beyond excited!

  4. Grace
    April 3rd, 2013 at 5.46am | #4

    Zygons? Didn’t they bring Nessie back? Creative aliens! Good choice!

  5. Calli Arcale
    April 3rd, 2013 at 8.12pm | #5

    Ooooooh, Zygons! They were an excellent villain before, though I hope their voices are a bit more intelligible this time. For once, though, I’m actually not sure the updated costume is an improvement. The original was excellent, designed by the incomparable James Acheson (who later went on to earn multiple Oscars for his costume design, and who is also the guy who came up with the unmistakable Time Lord robes, with the crazy high collars forcing them to adopt a very regal gait and posture). Not bad, but a little chunky compared to the originals. Also, I sort of wish they could’ve worked in the bit that was in Acheson’s original concept but which they were unable to realize — he wanted to put lights inside the costumes to make them faintly luminous.

  6. Profzed
    April 5th, 2013 at 3.25am | #6

    Well goodness. You’d think this Zygon could have smiled for the camera instead of that nasty sneer.

    Wonderful to see the Z guys back in action!

  7. joshrr
    April 13th, 2013 at 7.05pm | #7

    Brrilliant! About time they returned! They are one of the most iconic enemies on Doctor who yet they only appered on one serial!
    This’l get classic series fan’s abuzzing!

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