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Monday, January 7, 2013

BBC Quiets David Tennant About Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

By Dave Bouressa

At Star Wars events and premieres, actors frequently joke that Lucasfilm has snipers watching them ready to strike should they reveal anything about future projects. However, knowing how much the BBC cares about Doctor Who and it's secrecy, they may actually have snipers!

For quite some time, many of the still surviving actors who have portrayed The Doctor (particularly Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant) have heard this question many times in the past 2 years.

"So any interest in returning for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who?", and many respond with "I haven't heard anything from the BBC". Well, apparently Tennant has heard from them-but not for the right reasons.

Tennant, infamous for not being too great at keeping secrets, had this to say:

I’ll tell you how terrified they are. In make-up tonight, this lovely lady came in, who I never met before, and went ‘I’m from the BBC,’ and I went, ‘oh, hello, nice to meet you!’ And she said ‘I’ve been sent to say that anything about the Doctor Who 50th anniversary must not be mentioned on television.’ That’s how scared they are! I don’t know anything, I’ve got nothing to tell ya, and they’re sending out spies to shut me up from telling you things I don’t know!

So although he technically did not reveal anything, the fact is, the BBC is watching him-very closely, and there must be a reason for that. So perhaps the tenth Doctor may know more than he is letting on...

Although literally nothing has been revealed, the overall fan speculation is that at least one Doctor will be returning.

Personally, I hope it is the 8th Doctor played by Paul McGann, who unfortunately only had a run of one night in the 1996 made-for-TV Doctor Who movie. Although the movie is quite bad, McGann is not only the saving grace of that "film", but is a great Doctor, and would be great to see again on screen-especially given that it is HIS incarnation of the Doctor that actually fought in the Time War. Eccelston's first episode hints at the fact that the Doctor had just regenerated prior to the episode.

How would you feel about any of the past Doctors returning?


  1. While not an avid Doctor Who watcher, I would say that it would be nifty to have some of the older Doctors appear, just for the nostalgia of those who watched, and to introduce them to people who haven't yet seen them.