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Past 'Doctor Who' stars David Tennant, Billie Piper to return for 50th anniversary special

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The BBC plans to pull out all the stops for its Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, and it's bringing back stars David Tennant and Billie Piper to help mark the occasion. Fans of the longrunning series are well acquainted with Tennant, who portrayed the show's tenth doctor for three full seasons and various one-off specials. He passed the reins to current star Matt Smith in 2010; Smith will also take part in the 50th anniversary special set to air sometime this fall. Billie Piper took on the role of Rose Tyler, the doctor's traveling companion for two seasons following Who's 2005 reboot.

Actor John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will also be joining the ensemble when filming on the 3D special kicks off this week. The BBC is promising "blockbuster celebrations" around the event, though even as they look ahead to the anniversary, fans will first tuning in to tonight's UK season premiere. The eight-episode run will introduce Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) as the latest companion. Naturally, Coleman will also be appearing in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who. It's looking to be a crowded cast, but we doubt fans will be complaining any.