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The Power of the Doctor’s Original Cut was Almost 2 Hours Long

There has been fan speculation of the Doctor Who centenary special The Power of the Doctor having plenty more footage than we initially saw. During a panel at the 2023 Gallifrey One convention (documented in a Twitter thread), former showrunner Chris Chibnall confirmed that the original cut was 110 minutes (1 hour, 50 minutes) long, with an extended version of the Master’s hilarious Rasputin dance.

Can you believe it? Almost two hours long! I know I’m not the only fan who wishes to see what was originally planned for Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Thirteenth Doctor, but I have hope that an extended cut would make a nostalgic addition to the 60th anniversary celebrations.

So… what if the BBC could do a limited theatrical release for 23rd October, exactly a year after the 90-minute special was first broadcast? Considering its cinematic aesthetics and feature-length running time, I think it’d fit perfectly on the big screen; just like The Day of the Doctor and Deep Breath. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Daleks, Cybermen, and returning companions and Doctors at the cinema?! And a home media release on DVD/Blu-ray/digital download to follow weeks later, as a way to coincide with the forthcoming 60th anniversary specials with the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant)? Do your job, BBC Studios!

In the meantime, why not check out the shooting script for The Power of the Doctor?

Featured image edited by Owen/@WhovianLife.

Andrew Hsieh

Aspiring screenwriter with Asperger's syndrome, and lifelong Whovian since (shortly after) Christopher Eccleston's reign, Andrew has written and co-edited short story anthologies for Divergent Wordsmiths. Plus, he lives near Bannerman Road.

The Power of the Doctor’s Original Cut was Almost 2 Hours Long

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