All eleven Doctors in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special? Don’t get your hopes up.

Blogtor posted this interview with Eighth Doctor actor Paul McGann on Friday.  Inevitably, Paul is asked about his involvement in Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations.  Take a look in the player below.

While it would be amazing to reunite all eleven Doctors for the fiftieth anniversary, I think it’s increasingly clear that only David Tennant will be returning alongside Matt Smith for the anniversary special.  I would love to be surprised, of course, but Steven Moffat has stated that November’s special is as much about looking to the future, if not more so, as it is about celebrating the past.  And frankly, that’s OK.

Every one of the living actors who played the Doctor in the classic series are still portraying their respective Doctors today on audio, and even the first three Doctors continue to have new and exciting audio adventures in time and space, as told by their companions.  And Big Finish’s own fiftieth anniversary story, The Light at the End, seems ready to fill the multi-Doctor gap—in Big Finish’s own multi-Doctor style, no doubt—in a way that the Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary special on TV probably won’t.

The fiftieth anniversary special will be an incredible TV event, but nostalgia for the past should never dampen our enthusiasm for the future, or more importantly, for the here and now.

Daniel Lestarjette

Daniel is the owner and Managing Editor of Time and The – !. He's been a fan of Doctor Who since watching Tom Baker regenerate into Peter Davison on his local PBS station as a kid. He launched Time and The – ! in 2011 after having the bright (?) idea to watch every Doctor Who story from the beginning and blog about it. (Yeah, he's way behind.)

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