TV News: Four Doctors in DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Special?

Written by John Knott Wednesday, 24 July 2013

TV News

Now here’s a story that is exciting, puzzling and, for all we know, wrong. According to the Radio Times, the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will feature four Doctors. Yep, that’s four. Not just Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, but “one of the five former doctors who wielded the Sonic Screwdriver before the Eccleston reboot”. Blimey, that’s news.

So who is it? Naturally enough, Who fans have taken the Sonic Screwdriver reference entirely literally and have ruled out Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and William Hartnell as they never actually used it. Hartnell’s death in 1975 would also seem to rule him out. However, we think that reference to the screwdriver might have been a bit more generic than those obsessive types are assuming because most normal people don’t know about who did or didn’t use the sonic, even if they work for the Radio Times.

The relative age of these actors is also a factor in assessing who might be appearing. In theory they should look like they did when they were playing the Doctor and, let’s be honest, they don’t. Of course the other thing to consider is whether this is a complete red herring. We actually got a bit of all of them in the last episode so it’s not beyond the BBC to use a bit of trickery to get any one of them in via old footage.

Interestingly enough, all the living candidates have, at one time or another, said they are not in it. But in the interest of pointless speculation, here’s our assessment of the runners:

William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee: Dead. No chance unless it’s a cheat.

Tom Baker: Love it to be true but he’s 79. Mind you, he’s game for a laugh.

Peter Davison: Looks surprisingly different nowadays. But didn’t he don the cricket sweater for Children in Need?

Colin Baker: Apart from his strained history with the BBC and Doctor Who, he is the one who looks the most different to his time of Tardis-tenure.

Sylvester McCoy: Doesn’t look too different and, more importantly, he’s always game for absolutely anything; he also has a raised profile due to his Hobbit role. Our money is on Sylvester.

Paul McGann: Lot of people going for this one but come on, is he a proper Doctor? Slightly disappointing if true (sorry Paul).

Christopher Eccleston: No chance and also ruled out by the press release.

So, McCoy and McGann are the front runners unless they cheat. Which they might. Let’s see them keep this secret.

Source: Radio Times

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0 #8 FunkyJawa 2013-07-27 02:27
I listen to your podcasts and like them a lot. You don't seem to respect Big Finish and their audios. Seems like you haven't grasped the bigger picture. Download his series. I like them as much as the TV show. Paul is as much a doctor as any TV Doctor to me.

I'd love the 8th back, It could only be bettered if he can bring Lucie back to give Rose a good punch in the face. Ah well, i can dream.
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+1 #7 Paul Mount 2013-07-24 17:42
Quoting Simon:
McGann not a proper Doctor? Of course he is.

Just because he was in the Americanised TV Movie and that (flashbacks aside) has been his only TV appearance does not detract from him being a proper Doctor.

Many fans love his work with Big Finish who along with the BBC (I believe) gave his Doctor a new look a few years back.

I and am sure many others would love to see him appear on TV as The Doctor again. It would also be nice to see McGann regenerate into Eccleston to tie things together.



(groan) This peculiar craving to "tie things together"!! Surely no-one realistically thinks there's any chance of seeing Eccleston back in DW again and certainly not for a fan-pleasing regeneration sequence? The 9th Doctor became the 9th Doctor...that's enough for me and I can happily live without seeing some pointless scene where it actually happens! DW is in enough of a rut as it is; I'd love the show to strike out in new directions with new aliens, situations and storylines (the latter being unlikely with the current showrunner and his two plot ideas hanging on in there) because it's time to ditch the clumpy continuity of the past few years once and for all. And please, no more "madman in a box" nonsense.
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0 #6 Elaine 2013-07-24 17:22
I'd be chuffed if it is Paul McGann - and not just because my pedantic husband keeps claiming Eight isn't canon even though the BBC says he is... he's a really nice bloke and I'd love to see more of Eight on screen. He's a proper Doctor!
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0 #5 John Knott 2013-07-24 17:13
Actually, now I think about what we know of the plot (John Hurt etc), McGann is actually quite a likely choice. Make sense to tie up those loose ends.

I'll contain my disappointment.(Joke!)

Actually, if it's McGann he would have doubled his TV appearances as the Doctor so he'll feel more classic in future so we'll all be happy. "Timey-wimey", indeed.
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0 #4 John Knott 2013-07-24 17:02
*sigh* Yes, of course McGann is a "canon" Doctor. It's just that he never had any stint of appreciable length on telly and, indeed, never did Doctor Who in it's "classic" episodic pre-Eccleston TV format. So he never feels classic to me and I'll be slightly disappointed if it's Paul. Already apologised to Paul in the text; sorry to the Eighth Doctor fans as well. But then again, truth be told, anyone less than Tom is going to be ever so slightly disappointing(t o me)even though that's extraordinarily unlikely. But hey, what about Tom's disembodied voice? That would be cool even if it was a bit too Little Britain. ;)

Anyway, we've all seen Paper Mask (1990). Definitely not a proper Doctor. (That's a joke. Please don't write in)
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+1 #3 Simon 2013-07-24 15:51
McGann not a proper Doctor? Of course he is.

Just because he was in the Americanised TV Movie and that (flashbacks aside) has been his only TV appearance does not detract from him being a proper Doctor.

Many fans love his work with Big Finish who along with the BBC (I believe) gave his Doctor a new look a few years back.

I and am sure many others would love to see him appear on TV as The Doctor again. It would also be nice to see McGann regenerate into Eccleston to tie things together.
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+2 #2 Tony Jones 2013-07-24 15:36
I think you'll find Mr McGann is indeed a 'proper' Doctor and if anyone it will be him in my humble!
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+1 #1 Paul Mount 2013-07-24 15:25
Saw this in the 'Radio Times' but I think it's very much 'pinch of salt' stuff. Davison or McGann are the two most possibly in with a shot, especially since Davison did a presenting session at the recent DW Prom.
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