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It was the news that Doctor Who fans were dreading: the Doctor Who 50th anniversary will not see the return of any Doctors from the Classic Who era. The celebration of the longest running sci-fi show will instead only feature Matt Smith and David Tennant as the Eleventh and Tenth Doctors, respectively. The Hypable staff explain why the BBC have made a big, big mistake.

What we know:

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary will star Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, and see the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper. Christopher Eccleston turned down an offer to return as the Ninth Doctor, and John Barrowman will not return as fan favourite Captain Jack Harkness.

And if you were worried that the Classic Who contingent would not be represented – never fear. The episode will also see the return of Jemma Redgrave, who played the Brigadier’s daughter, Kate Stewart, in a 2012 episode.

Yes, you read that right. The only representation of Classic Who will be a character who showed up for the first time in the 2012 New Who episode “The Power of Three.” There will be no previous Doctors. No Classic Who companions. We wouldn’t even count on seeing K-9, who must be sitting around in the BBC props department. So why has the current Doctor Who creative team gone so far out of their way to ignore the legacy of Classic Who?

Celebrating 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’:

Fans were not expecting to see a multiple-Doctor story ala “The Five Doctors.” What we wanted to see was some recognition for the actors who are the very reason we are able to celebrate the Doctor Who 50th anniversary at all. They could have been cast in a cameo here, as an alien there – it would be simple enough to give them each a one-line role, or to pan over Tom Baker wearing his scarf in a crowd scene. At this point, it isn’t about the characters – it is about the actors who brought them to life.

New Who only began in 2005, which would make 2013 the eighth year of Doctor Who. Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction show, ever. It does a disservice to the wonderful history of Doctor Who not to invite these actors back, even for a small cameo. And let’s be clear – given the ages of the actors, it’s unlikely (read: impossible) that most of them will be around to celebrate the 75th anniversary, if Doctor Who gets there. This is their last chance, so why not give it to them.

“It is important you don’t turn it into a fanfest. We can’t make this all about looking backwards. It’s actually got to be the start of a new story.”
- Steven Moffat

Unfortunately for fans, Steven Moffat has decided that the 50th anniversary is the perfect time to kick off his new Doctor Who story. What Moffat doesn’t seem to understand is that the 50th anniversary should be an episode where every fan of Doctor Who can come together to celebrate the show they love. It should absolutely be about “looking backwards” – it’s difficult to celebrate the history by looking to the future. A “fanfest” is exactly what it should be because it should be a celebration for the fans.

Of course, we were also disappointed that Tennant and Piper will be the token representatives of the New Who era. It’s sad that Eccleston said no, but at least he was given the option. The fact that he was the only Doctor asked merely reinforces that the 50th anniversary is set to be a celebration of Moffat’s New Who era, and nothing more.

The creative team are attempting to placate fans with the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary historical special, “An Adventure in Space and Time”, and an audio story which will feature all the Doctors. For fans, these sideline projects are just not good enough. The current Doctor Who team should get their egos in check and realise that the 50th anniversary is not about them at all. How disappointing that they have chosen not the respect the very actors who gave us Doctor Who in the first place, especially as this opportunity is literally once in a lifetime.

On page 2: Hypable staff reactions to the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary news

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  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    While I agree that the classic Doctor’s couldn’t appear as themselves because they have aged, its still no excuse. They could’ve done something. Have the actors appear in some other capacity. Or have someone younger that looks like the Doctors play them. Like they did when they made ‘The Five Doctors.’ William Hartnell had already passed away, so they had someone else play the First Doctor.
    I also understand Moffat saying they didn’t want to turn it into a fanfest, but you can bring back older people with out making it that. If there’s a logical reason within the story line for it and not just bringing people back for the hell of it. That’s what would make it not so great. Yes, we all want to see everyone back, but it needs to be logical. Even for Doctor Who, some things could not make sense and it wouldn’t seem right.. I feel like I’ve gone ranty or something, so I’m going to stop and say I hope this made sense.

    • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

      It could conceivably happen: The Fifth Doctor’s age increase was explained easily in 2007 minisode, “Time Crash,” which was also written by Steven Moffat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dockaos Angela Scott Stewart

      Given the “timey-wimey” nature of recent episodes (read that as plot holes and “trust me on this” glosses), I think it would be quite easy to devise a narrative which could incorporate the classic actors and be no less incomprehensible than what Series 7 has delivered thus far. I don’t see their age as a barrier in the hands of a talented writer.

      As many have said, it’s a bit premature to hang Moffat in effigy. He may just surprise us. I certainly hope that will be the case.

      • http://www.facebook.com/PaulMorris7777 Paul Morris

        The “timey-wimey” thing is getting thin!

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I agree. It’s quite sad that they couldn’t have a time vortex rip open and bring all the Doctor’s back. The past is changed and we end up back on the Tenth Doctor.

  • grapes9h5

    Am I the only one who thinks you dont need the appearance of actors or Doctors from Original Who in order pay tribute to them, or celebrate the past? There are plenty of creative ways of celebrating Doctor Who’s history that don’t necessarily involve past Doctors. I get that there is no denying that this is a missed opportunity TO INCLUDE them, but surely that’s not the sole purpose of the 50th special. I guess some do think it is, in which case I feel bad that its already a failure in their minds months before it ever sees the air. It’s just sad really, for those fans, and for the BBC.

    • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

      I have posted something to this effect twice, and both times my comment has wound up vanishing without a trace for some reason. You’re definitely not the only one. I think that there is a much better opportunity to honour fifty years of history in a subtle, respectful way without the actors while at the same time looking forward to the next fifty.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002255052909 Remy Quist

        Agreed, and I think Moffat will have written something special since he is an old time fan himself too. I really think Moffat has done it his own way.

        • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

          To be honest, with all the references to the classic series in recent episodes, I can’t see why he would brush off the history of the show for the anniversary. If anything, he seems to be working very hard to set it up through series 7B, which makes it all the more exciting.

      • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

        It definitely didn’t disappear from us deleting it based on opinion. The only way things are deleted here is if we have a TOS violation.

        • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

          Oh, after it happened the second time I just assumed it was some error. They were both quite long comments, so maybe it was some weird error? They’re not showing on my profile, either, so I’m not sure what happened. Just annoying, but it hasn’t happened again since.

          • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

            It could have gotten caught in spam maybe. If you put in more than one link sometimes the filter thinks it’s spam and auto-deletes. It also could be length (pet peeve of mine) the filter also something think long comments are spam! But I can definitely guarantee, you would not be deleted for having an opinion that didn’t match the majority of the staff.

    • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

      I agree with you. Yes, I’m disappointed we won’t be seeing old characters, but no, I’m not seeing anything as a failure. I’m still beyond excited and I’m loving what I know we’re already getting to see. It takes a lot to disappoint me, so I know I’m going to love whatever Moffat cooks up. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/PaulMorris7777 Paul Morris

        Rubbish. Its a celebration of 50 years. Of course past Doctors have to appear in it. DW is not just for recent fans who tune in for its current drivel.

        • Brendan O’Brien

          Doesn’t sound like you’re a fan of recent DW at all.

          • http://www.facebook.com/PaulMorris7777 Paul Morris

            I’m a fan of 50 years. Not 7!!! DW did not start in 2005, when you started watching it!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528984694 Joel Everett

            Totally agree with you Paul: I enjoy the new series, but I started watching during the 5th Doctor era and to ignore this in the 50th and make it all about ‘NuWho’ is beyond insane. It’s the 50th anniversary special… not the ’7th’ anniversary special. That being said, I also understand the problems with using current actors – excepting say McCoy and McGann, but I hope they include voice-overs or something similar; and not to use McGann for an onscreen appearance is a complete loss in my book. We shall wait and see, but this ‘NuWho’ versus Classic Who has bothered me from the get go.. it should be Dr. Who period.

    • http://twitter.com/JonHike jghike

      I agree with you. I understand why people want the old Doctors included, I’m a fan of them myself, but I think it would take away from the story if you randomly had all the Doctors showing up to fight something. Plus, we’d be dealing with pre and post Time War Doctors, which probably wouldn’t end well for the 8th-11th.

      As for giving them cameos? I feel like that would be disrespectful. “Hey, look at that alien they showed for half a second! He used to be somebody important! But now he’s just an alien in the crowd!”

      • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

        Not to mention distracting. If you know former Doctors/companions/characters are taking part, chances are you’ll spend a good portion of the episode searching for them in the background, rather than paying attention to the story (that always happens to me, anyway, whenever I know in advance that there will be some sort of cameo appearance). A good, well told story with references that have been woven in naturally and respect the legacy of said actors/characters seems like a much more fitting tribute.

    • Bowtiesarecool

      Totally agree! I trust Moffat, even though I don’t always love his choices, and I think that they’ll DEFINITELY pay homage to previous Doctors, just maybe not with the actors. Yeah, would’ve been cool, but I don’t know, I’d rather watch 11th take a trip down memory lane, for instance, than just putting the previous actors walking around on the background or exchanging a couple of words with the current Doctor. What would definitely disappoint me would be if not even the previous Doctors’ signature items were shown. But, like this guy here said, I think it’s absolutely possible to do something amazing without the actual actors. Don’t forget that Moffat’s statements are hardly ever what they seem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PaulMorris7777 Paul Morris

      Sad, very sad!

    • Grace

      I personally believe instead of the Doctors, they could have featured past companions because unlike past Doctors they can age in the story. Regardless, the point is is that Moffat’s pretty much COMPLETELY ignoring all of Doctor Who before NewWho and that’s wrong and stupid. But well, Moffat’s stupid, so I’m not that surprised.

  • Guest

    This is perfect. I’m so excited to see Ten and Rose make a return, I hate everything that Moffat’s been doing lately. This is the one time that they’re supposed to reflect on the show. If Moffat wants so badly to be remembered as an excellent showrunner, he should be capitalizing on this one-time opportunity, not trying to move his story forward. He could go down in Who history for making an amazing anniversary special, but he’s going to go down in infamy for using this as an attempt to further his own stories.

  • DewOfHeaven

    While I agree with the general sentiment, I resent the reference to the Big Finish anniversary special as a “sideline project.” The audios are fantastic, and let’s not forget that they’re a large part of what kept the story going during the years it was off the air. In fact for the 40th anniversary, Big Finish did a story with just the kind of cameo appearances you’re talking about (It was an Eighth Doctor story with guest bits by Five, Six, Seven, and a recording of Three, plus a ton of other guest stars).

    I guess what I’m saying is that as much as I’ve enjoyed this (half) season – especially all the Classic references- and as much as I am still looking forward to the TV special, for me, the main event will be the Big Finish piece. It’s certainly not something to be waved aside.

  • http://twitter.com/Segee Catherine Segee

    It’s disgraceful. They had the perfect opportunity to at least bring back Paul McGann who has hardly aged but they chose not to and because of that I’ve quit the show. The ONLY thing I am looking forward to is the Big Finish anniversary audio “The Light At the End”. Now they know how to celebrate an anniversary!

    • doctor erasmus

      good quit the show..it proves you are fool, buggered out of your mind…..and nothing more then make belive fan ..how arrogant of you …..I have looked up the word twit …it has your picture next to it

  • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

    Still so bummed Eccleston won’t be back. And that he WAS ASKED. Ugh. It’ll be nice to have Ten/Rose back but MAN, can’t even pretend how amazing it would have been to have Rose see 9 after all that time.


    • Queenlovett

      I think he had to say no b/c of thor 2.

      • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

        I’m not going to pretend that COULDN’T be a reason because I don’t know the guy’s schedule, but principal photography wrapped back in December, the movie doesn’t drop until November and they’re filming the 50th Anniversary now. I’m more concerned he read the script and it wasn’t good enough for him to dive back into it.

        He is doing the Big Finish thing though, I believe, so it’s not like he was opposed to the DW universe like he’s sort of said in the past.

        And there’s always the slightest, ever dwindling but slightest chance they’re just lying to keep things under wraps. I don’t know WHY they would lie if they revealed Tennant and Piper are returning, but you never know. He could have some ultra surprising pivotal scene or something.

        Probably a fool’s dream, but a dream nonetheless. :/

        SIDENOTE: If Moff did ask Eccleston and he declined, then clearly they had at least one spot open for a Doctor to fill. It’s incredibly lame they didn’t then tweak some lines to get at least McGann or Davison in there.

        • Queenlovett

          *sigh* lets just hope it’s all a lie. It would be perfect for Nine to make an appearance and it explains why he came back for rose in ep 1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.rayne.1 Stephanie Rayne

    I am very disappointed that Eccleston and Barrowman are not returning. But at the same time extremely excited about seeing Tennant and Piper again. I feel very torn. I don’t even like Clara tbh. I’ve tried to like her, but I can’t. So, very, very torn about the 50th Anniversary. Will I still watch it? Of Course! But will I miss the non-returning ones? Very much so :(

  • http://twitter.com/Segee Catherine Segee

    The other thing I forgot to mention is why are we only getting one 60 minute anniversary episode (not counting the Adventure In Time and Space…that doesn’t really count IMO). We are half way through the anniversary year and there have been 6 shows broadcast with 2 more to go….not even a full season. What I pictured as a good way to bring ALL former Doctors back was to make 10 episodes that featured each Incarnation of the Doctor along side Smith’s Doctor. They either could have used archive footage of the first three or get actors that look like them. Have a story line running through all 10 episodes that would then be wrapped up with an 11th episode….the anniversary episode broadcast on Nov. 23rd. The first novel in the 8th Doctor series was called the Eight Doctors which was very similar to this idea. Moffat could have come up with a brilliant story in this format. Such a missed opportunity. The 50th is turning out to be a BIG disappointment and a Big joke.

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjod232 Benjo Davis

      Its actually 90minutes, Moffat and Smith both said that in a interview

      • http://twitter.com/Segee Catherine Segee

        It was confirmed on twitter yesterday by DoctorWhoOnline that the anniversary episode is only 60 minutes.

        • @demetri_loizou

          That’s not even a real account

        • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

          It wasn’t an official confirmation. If we mean the same one, the tweet was something to the effect of “we have been hearing that it is 60 minutes.” Although that is generally a good source of info, it’s probably best to wait for the BBC to announce it formally. Filming has only just wrapped, anyway, and it might be that the exact length hasn’t been settled on completely just yet.

    • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

      Why doesn’t an Adventure in Space and Time count? It’s a fantastic way to revisit the genesis of the show, and if it’s not done this year, it probably never will. I’m extremely excited for it.

      The way I see it, there’s a lot going on this year. 7B will be eight episodes total (and they have been packed with classic DW references). With the anniversary and the Christmas special (two different things, as I understand it) that brings the number of episodes up to ten. Adventure in Space and Time will be 90 minutes long, there is the Big Finish special with a multi-Doctor story, and DVD box sets being released of classic Who. If I’m not mistaken, there will be a retrospective look at the whole series, which includes new content with the Doctor and Clara. There will also be a dedicated Doctor Who Prom (which usually includes especially filmed scenes). As we approach the date of the anniversary special, former Doctors will likely be interviewed and have a greater presence on TV (British TV, in any case). There have also been rumours of some other big DW related announcement later in the year. There’s a lot to look forward to!

      • http://twitter.com/Segee Catherine Segee

        As an American I have no idea exactly what this “Prom” thing is.

        • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

          it’s a big tradition in this part of the world, essentially a classical music festival in the Royal Albert Hall. They have several nights, each of them themed and with musicians from all over the world. There have been two Doctor Who themed proms in the past, and it’s an incredible show. See, http://youtu.be/-bjETSpmZJM and http://youtu.be/ICsZE17MHwA (the first one always gives me chills). It is guaranteed to be a great celebration.

          • http://twitter.com/Segee Catherine Segee

            So as an American it would cost me thousands of dollars to attend this. I should be excited about this….why?

          • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

            Eh? It’s a British show, first and foremost. It’s only natural that a good portion of celebrations will be in the UK. If you find it interesting, it might be worthwhile checking to see if it will be shown on some American channel (it’s shown on the BBC every year over here). If not, Youtube would be a good place to start. I can only list things that I know are happening. As an American fan, it’s up to you what you find interesting enough to pursue, and in what way.

          • http://twitter.com/Segee Catherine Segee

            sorry it sounded like a live only event to me. I live in a very rural part of America far away from big cities so it’s hard to get ANY culture! And..I can’t believe that people would down rate me because I don’t know what the Proms is? Geez!

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjod232 Benjo Davis

    Why don’t we just wait and see and see what happens as many announcements could be a lie a farce to cover up what really happened

    • Brendan O’Brien

      Boo! Lets speculate and demonise instead!

    • http://www.facebook.com/PaulMorris7777 Paul Morris

      Tennant lied when he said he wanted to beat Tom Bakers tenure. He also lied when he wanted to do specials, and then more seasons, and he lied when he said Moffat hadn’t asked him to be involved with any special. Tennant is a liar!

  • timelordomega67

    Is this all misdirection? The comments from Moffat and the actors who’ve previously portrayed the Doctor. If so, then the 50th might be very interesting indeed. I do have issues with Moffat’s comment about the past and wanting to move forward, we are talking about a show that involves time travel. I think it would be cool if they could do something like the Star Trek DS9 episode with the Tribbles. I think their are so many opportunities but Moffat is under so much pressure that it might be getting to him. They did do some animated episodes with David, why couldn’t they have a fully animated episode featuring the previous Doctors for the anniversary? There is time it isn’t November yet and even if it airs after November it is still within the 50th year of the show.

  • chrome_horse86

    The greatest tragedy in the history of DW will be that Moffat was showrunner during the fiftieth year. I still can’t believe the BBC left this event in the hands of that megalomaniacal usurping bozo.
    Surprised the Chinese haven’t yet attempted to build a wall around his ego.

    • Jarred O’Dell

      People like you annoy the life out of me. Moffat writes great stories, and if you don’t like him then don’t watch. The incessant complaining about his choices for the show is ridiculous.

  • alex

    Completely agree! the show would not have made it this far without the fans, so whats wrong with it being a “fanfest”. the producers owe it to the fans

    • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

      The producers owe the fans a great story. In this case, a great story that honours the history of the show because of the anniversary. That’s it. Everything else is detail.

  • GoldCosmos

    I cannot believe that Moffat said that – all he cares about is his role in the future of the show. He has completely disregarded 50 years of an amazing show to try and launch his new line of baseless storylines. This SHOULD be a fanfest, they should go absolutely crazy; every monster, every doctor, every quote. Instead of looking back and appreciating the past Moffat has merely decided to use the 50th anniversary as a springboard for his new ideas. If he is to say that they shouldn’t look backwards and focus on new beginnings, then why do we learn about history? Why, once a year, for a minute does the whole of Britain stop and honour the selfless sacrifice that millions made in the war? The answer? You NEED to honour the past and remember the history so that the future does not seem baseless, as Moffat’s stories will become.

  • @demetri_loizou

    The episode hasn’t even been made yet so how can anybody be moaning about it? You don’t know what’s going to occur!! As they keep saying: “Fans won’t be disappointed” So just bloody well wait for what will undoubtedly be a brilliant episode!

    I’m personally very disappointed that people would react like this to scraps of news.

    • Leda

      I’ve had three solid years of disappointment from Moffat. So excuse me for not being wildly optimistic that he’s suddenly going to change my mind with the 50th.

  • http://twitter.com/BilliamSays Bill Anderson

    Has anyone thought that maybe this is just a huge troll and that they are trying to keep the cameos and appearances secret?

    I mean… I know it’s a long shot. But It would be kind of awesome. Here’s hoping.

  • Kenneth Baker

    Everyone is so fixated on what THEY want. You I find everyone should be thankful that David and Billie are even taking part in the 50th it could be a hell of a lot worse they could’ve said NO then we would have NO ONE. I’m thankful that 10 and Rose are going to be apart of it. Another thing is people are so quick to assume all this WE don’t know anything about the story for all we know the classics WILL appear. I mean look at how it turned out for Tennant apparently he wasn’t going to be apart of it and didn’t hear anything as well and yet HE IS. We don’t know anything when it comes down to it. People need to stop jumping to conclusions and wait PATIENTLY for the airing of the 50th, because until then people are going to deny everything that you question just for the simple fact that nothing is suppose to be known about the episode. People need to stop complaining and asking for spoilers so much, cause the only answer your gonna get is opposite what you wanna hear.

  • guest

    I can understand Moffets reasoning that you cant just stick to the past. But he can make a past-based episode that leads to the future. This is supposed to be a fanfest. It needs to be the ultimate Christmas, superbowl, it needs to be one of those parties that we all feel like we are turning 21 again, and we will wake up with a television hangover. I have extremely high hopes for this show. It had better not let me down

  • amy wang

    While it’d be nice to see all the Doctors, it’d limit the plot, and I’d much rather have a good plot with only 10 and 11 than a limited story with all the Doctors…

  • S

    Agreed. It’s a shame not to honor the people who got Doctor Who to where it is today by not letting them participate in it’s 50th Anniversary. I feel like both fans and the people of Classic Who have been cheated.

  • Matt Mclachlan

    Common steven moffat don’t stuff up like we did in the last full muti-doctor not time crash that was an awesome mini special but dimensions in time which was the worst ever full muti-doctor story and that was before Jon Pertwee died that sucks for him it was not a good way for Jon Pertwee to finish with Doctor Who before his death and it is the 50 anniversary that so means you can just forget about who started Doctor Who besides they can make the first 3 doctors for an awesome cameo and a better one then Tom Baker’s one or get actors who kinder look like them and put their heads on the actors and match and change their voices like they did in Captain America The First Avenger also the same with christopher eccleston and get the other doctors to do it so this time they can see Tom Baker back as the Doctor a better muti-doctor then he did not make a come back in the five doctors because the other doctors did say that they wanted to do it so steve moffant needs create get a strong script some good companions some good monsters because and awesome main villian it’s better then having just having David Tennant and Matt Smith because after all that’s how it all started.

  • DG4HP

    I personally think that there is more to this decision than Moffat is letting on, seeing as he is a man of subtlety and is always aiming to keep everyone surprised as to what happens next. I think that Moffat is having only Tennant and Rose return because he wants the focus specifically on them, Smith and Clara. I think Moffat has planned a connection between the four of them, other than the past meeting the present. What that is, I will leave that for Moffat to decide, but I feel like there’s going to be a lot more to the Clara than what will be revealed in the season finale, very possibly involving Rose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/max.mielecki Max Mielecki

    Moffat has twelve episodes a year and a christmas special to look towards the future, an Anniversary special is the one time when you look to the past and honor your roots. Up until now, i was with you, Steven, but this move makes no sense and reeks of ego.

  • Aurelius

    There are some good points to this article. But I did find this line a little bit too harsh:

    “The current Doctor Who team should get their egos in check and realise that the 50th anniversary is not about them at all.”

    Like other who have commented have said, there are other ways that previous eras can be celebrated, without necessarily having the Bakers, McCoy or McGann involved. In fact, I think it would be a little bit denigrating to previous Doctors to have them do some two-bit role, just for the sake of getting them in there.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone


    • Queenlovett

      I like that.

  • Doctor Erasmus

    The need to have the other doctors is absurd to say the least……the age factor…….you would not be able to explain it…..shows that some fans don’t get the show……but from what I have seen there is referances thrown in all over to give hommage to the original…it’s people like the author of this story that don’t get the show ….but they are not making a show just for you…they are making a show for everyone and from what I already know all your idiotic comments will be revealed to be idiotic once the show airs…..and Eccelson thank the lord he isn’t in it..all he has ever done is dam the show….feel sorry for what he says …then dams it again…..I wouldn’t invite the man to a funeral …..so instead of damming something that you haven’t seen ..I see young people do that all the time…if this is our future then this world is surely dammed ……..wait and make your comments after it aired …but from the way this writer writes is already set to dam it no matter how good it is…..thats because the writer is too dam young and wet behind the ears and thinks it’s ok I will dam it and it will make me look cool…no it makes you look like a horses ass

  • http://www.facebook.com/kieran.mcmullen.3 Kieran McMullen

    why not have the doctor come face to face with some of his younger selves, say that an enemy produces some holograms of them (the older personalities have decayed somewhat and appear older, or have faded altogether) in order to try and outwit him, that’s believable, only it won’t work, because the resulting telepathic link connected with someone else too, allowing him to return to this world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.swanson.378 Ron Swanson

    Doctor Who needs a new showrunner fast! I feel like it’s been slowly going downhill ever since Moffat became the show’s main man.

  • Arielle

    I think you’re all being a bit harsh. We don’t even know what Moffat’s doing yet! He has been writing in subtle tributes to the previous seasons through out the current season (in the “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS” I very nearly teared up at the echoes of Susan and previous doctors describing the TARDIS), and clearly has something planned. If they were really trying to appeal solely to new fans, then they would have brought back more new Who characters. The acknowledgement that the Doctor has a past and that the past is coming into the present can be done a million different ways, and doesn’t necessarily need to involve the Doctor bumping into Tom Baker recast as a green grocer.

  • CenationChampisBack

    I could go both ways on this. As a HUGE fan of the Doctor since Tom Baker perfected the role and graced my screen I would LOVE to see he, Colin Baker, and McCoy back since they are my faves from the old series. However, I LOVE Tennant, I am so stoked he will be back for an episode(though if you want to be technical meta crisis does not count as a Doctor) I will be bummed that I wont see my old favorites, I am gonna give Moff a chance here to pull out a grand episode, because with the season lacking so far, and with excluding the old Doctors, he has to make a near perfect episode for us long time whovians to not be bitter coming into next season.

  • renegadetimelord

    It wouldn’t have been difficult to incorporate the previous Doctors. The more elderly appearance of the 5th Doctor compared to the 10th was explained in Time Crash. Or else there could have been a story where the 11th Doctor’s incarnation fails and he begins to degenerate, working back through each previous incarnation as his time stream unravals. It would give each actor a 5-10 minute sequence and explain the older appearance as technically they had never regenerated.

  • http://twitter.com/MoacirIndio Moacir Indio

    ah, many characters are shown in this picture
    representing the timeless Doctor Who creature,
    but no one knows how long shall be his future!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1681514566 Daniel Griffin

    Many have sated it would be disrespectful to have the pre-time war Doctors make cameos, which is simply not true. The omission of an invite is. McCoy and the Bakers would all love a cameo (C. Baker and McCoy said
    that the could play monsters), McGann would love to be involved but is
    always snubbed. The fact they will not physically be present is one
    thing, but to not even include references or nods is an outrage. Barrowman was not asked, most likely for studio politics. How about classic companions, ‘ Joe Grant’ made an appearance once… what about Tegan or Ace? ‘Ace’ was supposed to show up in the Sarah Jane adventures but Elizabeth Sladen
    passed away before it could happen (RIP). Why can we not get any fan service? Not even K-9 and
    a nod to his ‘Mistress’… I do not know for certain if this is
    Moffat’s actual stance or if he is merely following the studio
    directive. Either way, the 50th is not about the show or it’s history
    (which is longer than Star Trek’s), it is about the demographics and
    furthering his underwhelming stories. It is a mistake and not at all how it should be handled. This season has been lack luster (another season more about his companion than the Doctor),
    despite the fantastic talents of Smith and Coleman, and now Moffat dares to name the Doctor. Despicable. At least in 3 years we can expect Star Trek to give us a real 50th to remember.

  • Jonathan Karani

    I watched Skyfall the other day, and not once did I think it would be improved by Sean Connery and co. showing up. It was an excellent celebration of 50 years of Bond.

  • Jonathan Karani

    Also, ladies and gents, let us not lose sight of the fact that although they’ve said “no classic Doctors” in the anniversary special they have, at no point, said “no classic stories”…

  • Glaciusx

    BBC is seriously alienating the fans by doing this.

    “The current Doctor Who team should get their egos in check and realise that the 50th anniversary is not about them at all.”

    I WANT TO KISS YOU FOR THAT. Look, I love these guys so much but they have to understand that this show has a lot of history. Their story does NOT cover all of it. We need more of the original characters!! This is why I’m starting to dislike Steven Moffat. He’s got a big head….why do you think he’s closed his Twitter account? Always blocking people who have different opinions, etc. I miss RTD as showrunner…

    • http://twitter.com/AlixEcho AlixEcho

      I suspect that, since Moffat and most of the production team were actually around for most of that history, they probably understand its importance very well. Better than the fans who only really began watching post-2005 (and I’m including myself in this)? Well, who knows.

      I will say this, though: I don’t know the specifics of why Moffat closed his twitter account (nor do I care, particularly), but after reading so many entitled comments and casual insults by fans over the past few weeks, I don’t blame him in the slightest, big ego or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roderick-Tracy-Long/1037941173 Roderick Tracy Long

    “a character who showed up for the first time in the 2012 New Who episode ‘The Power of Three.’” No, her first appearance was in “Downtime,” 1995.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PaulMorris7777 Paul Morris

    John Barrowman – a fan favourite??? No!

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      … He is.

  • DamonSilver

    Hey I just roll with it, and I enjoy certain things/Doctors more than others, but am basically a long term Who fan from my childhood watching mainly Pertwee and Baker. Its just entertainment so I am not overly emotive about it. However, I was hoping that a 50th anniversary would involve all previous Doctors somehow. I mean CGI should take care of the obvious aging problems (ala ‘curious case of Benjamin Button). But I’m personally stoked enough to see Tenant back, that’s awesome in itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spencer.mardis Spencer Mardis

    I’m really disappointed in Moffat for this. I admit that there are other ways to celebrate 50 years, but the fact is that we fans have REALLY been hoping for this; to withhold such a treat would be the worst thing Moffat could do. Other than reveal the Doctor’s name, of course. But who’d be that stupid?

  • laalaaloo

    I am not even going to bother watching it, how can it be the 50th anniversary if it doesn’t have past characters, it would be easy to explain how the doctors have aged, looks like that mug moffat is far too up his own backside, c’mon what does he models his hairstyle on Vinnie samways.

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