David Tennant and Billie Piper will appear in the 50th anniversary special of "Doctor Who," the BBC reported.

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Tennant was the 10th actor to play the show's title character. Piper played his on-screen companion, Rose Tyler.

Filming of the special will begin next week, the BBC said. The 3-D show is due to air Nov. 23, 50 years to the date after the first episode, "An Unearthly Child," was broadcast.

Tennant's successor, Matt Smith, along with Jenna-Louise Coleman, will star in the special.

John Hurt will make an appearance, the BBC said.

The first episode of the 2013 season, "The Bells of Saint John," aired Sunday.