Tuesday, April 2, 2013

These picture of David Tennant and Matt Smith (and bonus Jenna Louise-Coleman!) should come with a Surgeon General's warning.

Credit: Doctor Who Twitter.
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is going to be awesome! The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors together! The only thing that could make the 50th anniversary special better is if all of the surviving Doctors were in it. Alas, it's not to be. William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and (surprisingly, because I thought he was still alive) Jon Pertwee are all dead. I have no idea whether the other Doctors from Classic Who will be appearing or not. On the plus side, Christopher Eccleston seems to be giving serious thought about revisiting his role as the Ninth Doctor, which is huge!

The lack of alumni does bother me. This year is the half century mark for Doctor Who and how many scifi franchises can tout that they've been around for that long? Star Trek is still three years off and Star Wars is still young is comparison. Aside from David Tennant, Billie Piper, and maybe Christopher Eccleston, the other cast members of the past don't really give two scoops of fucks about celebrating the 50th anniversary. Some of the other Doctor actors are going to be reprising their roles on audiobooks for the anniversary, but that seems like lip service at best, as they've already been doing those for a while.
Credit: Anglophenia.

In any case, I'm hoping that we get a something similar to the Three Doctors and the Five Doctors, which were both specials made to celebrate a milestone anniversary - the tenth and twentieth years, respectively. In those, different incarnations of the Doctor met and teamed up. Unfortunately, there hasn't been anymore such specials since 1983, so it would be pretty great if Moffat and Co. were to follow the trend.

Allons-y and Geronimo!

h/t Tor.com.

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