Smith Says ‘Doctor Who’ Anniversary Special is “Biggest Event in the History of the Show,” Plus Another Trailer for “The Bells of Saint John”
Only earlier today we learned John Barrowman would not be appearing in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, and as it seems, is setting a precedent for no previous Doctors or companions to appear at all. With filming on the verge of starting all anyone wants to know is how Steven Moffat plans to honor the show’s illustrious history and still deliver one hell of an adventure. Anniversary specials in the past have suffered from hinging too much on cameos and fan service without much notice given to crafting a genuinely good story. Moffat is hoping to avoid that by focusing more so on a good Doctor Who drama rather than a celebration.
He, Matt Smith, and Jenna-Louise Coleman chatted with Digital Spy about just that,
And later on, Smith talked with SFX where he elaborated a bit more on how epic this anniversary special is going to be,
I’ve read the first draft. I think the whole of this season leads brilliantly up to what will be the biggest event in the history of the show. I say that with no hesitation, really. He’s on top form and has delivered a thoroughly exciting, epic, vast science fiction script. It’s really exciting.
We start shooting that very soon, and there’ll be a lot of surprises coming your way, let me tell you. A lot. It’s one of those scripts that you read and you go “Whoa, here we go… what’s he done? What has he done with it?” You wouldn’t really want anyone else writing it, would you? He’s a proper fan, and, to my mind, one of the greatest science fiction writers around.
It’s about celebrating everyone that’s been involved with it, all the wonderful actors that have taken part before me, and it’s also about looking forward and saying “What can we do next? Where can we take it?
And speaking of how he feels to be The Doctor for the 50th,
I feel in a very privileged position, having had people like David and Chris, Tom, Patrick, Jon, William Hartnell… great, great actors behind me. And to be part of a show that’s still going, that has an audience of about 77 million now worldwide. I love this show, and I’m really honoured, actually, without sounding too [luvvie voice] ‘Oh, how important, what an amazing thing, I am the incumbent Doctor, what a privilege, rah!’ I mean it genuinely. It inspires a humility, I suppose, because it’s about all of us who got it here, do you know what I mean? Yes! Fifty years!
Fifty years in one incredible accomplishment, especially for an oddball program like Doctor Who! I’m excited for whatever Moffat has cooked up, and feel confidant it’ll be the right blend of celebration and setting the pace for Who’s next 50 years. At least I hope so. You hear me, Moffat? Do. Not. Disappoint. Us.
Already looking like it won’t disappoint in the Series 7 Part 2, Season 7B opener, “The Bells of Saint John.” Check out the latest trailer from the BBC, featuring a smidgen of new footage,
“The Bells of Saint John” airs this Saturday on BBC America at 8pm EST!
Source: Doctor Who TV