So it was a bit of synchronicity when Tenth Doctor David Tennant and showrunner Russell T. Davies departed the franchise together at the end of Doctor Who: The End of Time. But what if…. Tennant decided that he wanted to stick around for one more year. How would that have affected Steven Moffat‘s plan for his first season of Doctor Who?
Well Moffat answered that in the recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine. Here’s what he had to say:
I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the Tardis crashing in Amelia’s back garden – as now – and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out.
Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.
But when he returns – many years later for Amy – he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events…And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate. Events that we return to in Episode 13…
Hm. I guess in this version of the story The Doctor wouldn’t have escaped the Pandorica in one piece. I wonder how that would have changed the whole River Song storyline because in “Silence in the Library” it’s quite clear that that’s her first and only encounter with Ten.
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Source: Bleeding Cool