[UPDATED!] Who News! Classic Doctors Protest 50th Anniversary, Title and Runtime Revealed, & Matt Smith Films His Final Scene
It’s been one of the largest gripes against Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary special: No Classic Doctors. As has been the tradition for Who anniversary specials we are indeed getting a multi-Doctor story – David Tennant is returning as the Tenth alongside Matt Smith‘s Eleventh, plus whomever John Hurt is playing – but of the other five surviving Doctors (discounting Christopher Ecceslton) not one has been asked to take part in the special. At least that’s been the story.
Now we’re hearing of some Classic Doctor spottings at the BBC (via Doctor Who TV). Though, these are not the typical oh-they-must-be-there-secretly-filming spottings, these are oh-look-they’re-protesting spottings. Just what have Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvestor McCoy been spied protesting? The 50th Anniversary special!
Their protest signs read: “No Classics? No 50th!” and “Have a heart, Classic Doctors want a part!” Is this a legit protest? I can’t imagine the Beeb actually letting anything of the sort go on without their expressed permission, so likely, no. I’d wager what they’re doing is filming some kind of skit in where they cheekily protest their being left out of the special. I’d also suggest to keep an eye on Davison’s Vimeo page because he has a history of recording quite funny, Who-related videos. And when I asked him at Dragon Con if we’d see anymore, he told me to stay tuned and look around the time of the anniversary. Soo… I’m going to believe Davison was giving me a heads up they were indeed filming a little video for the anniversary, and I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest this is what’s going on with their mock protest. What d’ya think?
Speaking of the 50th Anniversary special, the BBC inadvertently confirmed some details for the special earlier today by accidentally publishing an article listing the title as well as the runtime. The article has since been removed but since this is the internet, nothing is ever truly lost. Here’s the cache page (via CBM). According to that article the title will be “The Day of The Doctor” and it’ll be a 75-minute program. Besides that the article also confirmed the return of the Daleks and the treat of more restored episodes of Classic Who, the Hartnell years in particular, to be aired around the time of the special.
[UPDATE! The BBC has since confirmed the info released in their earlier slip-up. The title will indeed be “The Day of The Doctor” and the special will have a runtime of 75 minutes. And, in addition to confirming that info they also released a new poster! Check it out!
Pretty kick ass lookin’ if you ask me. Also, if you look closely you’ll notice “Bad Wolf” in the debris exploding behind John Hurt. We know Billie Piper is returning, think she’ll be utilizing a little of her “Bad Wolf” persona?
Thus ends the updated portion of this article. The original continues below.]
Lastly, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman have been seen filming what is believed to be some of Smith’s final scenes as The Doctor (via Digital Spy). It’s from the Christmas special, which will of course air on Christmas Day and feature Smith’s regeneration into the Twefth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Check out the gallery below. And no, I won’t judge you for getting a teary-eyed.
Good to see Matt’s wig is holding up so nicely.
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special will air on November 23rd, followed by the Christmas Special on December 25th.