We’re all still reeling from “The Day of the Doctor”, a pretty spectacular Doctor Who episode and celebration, full review here, but the party’s not over, yet! There’s still another 50th anniversary special to go: The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot! (more…)
November 23rd is less than two weeks away, and in these 11 days leading to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary we here at Nerd Bastard’s want to share with you a few of our favorite Whovian things. Today is the eighth day in our countdown, which is fitting considering yesterday’s surprise return of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann is the 50th anniversary prequel minisode, “The Night of the Doctor”. It was the first onscreen appearance of the Eighth Doctor since the 1996 television movie which introduced him. Between then and now the Eighth Doctor has starred in dozens of Big Finish audio dramas, cementing himself as one of the most beloved Doctors. (more…)
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!
We’ve been hearing a lot about the desire for Peter Jackson to direct an episode of Doctor Who. We’ve been hearing it from Matt Smith. From Jackson, himself. Hell! Even Steven Moffat expressed interest in the idea. So why hasn’t it happened? Maybe they all just need a bit more nudging.
At the recent Lords of Time convention in Auckland, New Zealand three former Doctors, Colin Baker (Sixth), Sylvester McCoy (Seventh) and Paul McGann (Eight) all gave their support for Jackson to direct an episode,
Baker: I could only think he would make an epic Doctor Who story. I would like to be cast, not as the Doctor, even if it’s inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain.
McCoy: He knows what he’s doing. If he was in charge of the budget he’d most likely want to film it on the moon and has the ability to do it. If he was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic.
It’s really exciting and would be great fun and Peter Jackson has been a fan of Doctor who for years. I have been told that he’s got my Doctor Who costume, he’s also got my Radagast the Brown costume and I’m hanging on to my own clothes because he’s not getting his hands on them I can tell you.
McGann: I think he would be above trying to make anything trendy. The story would be strong. He would be ideal to make it he’s above the kind of pressure, who could lean on him. He would make the best thing we have seen.
Could this rousing approval and yearning for Jackson to direct an episode from not one, not two, but three former Doctors be what’s needed to jump start some serious talks?!? No. Definitely not. You’re mad if you think the Beeb gives a shit about what these guys say. As long as they’re not badmouthing current Who. But! That doesn’t mean their comments aren’t important. If the desire for Jackson to direct and episode of Who becomes strong enough through the fanbase, just maybe there’s a chance. Though slim, I’ll admit.
I’m a supporter of Jackson having the chance to direct an episode of Doctor Who. Are you?
Source: Waikato Times via Blastr
Longtime Whovians have been clamoring for a multi-Doctor story ever since Doctor Who returned in 2005. It’s been a tradition of the series to bring together as many past Doctors as possible into one story to face a threat only multiple Doctors could thwart. Honestly, they’re usually pretty weak episodes, but you can forgive a lackluster premise because, “OMG. Second and Third Doctor banter! And the Fifth Doctor being chastised by the First Doctor, even though the First Doctor is younger but looks older!”
Yeah, there’s a lot of ridiculous fun surrounding a multi-Doctor story, and though it seems unlikely we’ll see such a reunion on TV we are for sure getting a reunion of Doctors 4-8 from Big Finish Audio! In an adventure titled, Doctor Who: The Light at the End, the Fourth (Tom Baker), Fifth (Peter Davison), Sixth (Colin Baker), Seventh (Sylvester McCoy) and Eighth (Paul McGann) Doctors will reunite for a 100-minute story. It’ll be the most Doctors ever assembled! Quite the fitting tribute to the series’ 50 years, don’t ya think?
Nicholas Briggs, writer, director and executive producer, had this to say about the momentous project,
We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion, and it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.
The Light as the End will deal with the possible destruction of all The Doctor’s incarnations, and will also feature more than a few past companions: Leela (Louise Jameson, 4th Doctor companion), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton, 5th Doctor companion), Peri (Nicola Bryant, 6th Doctor companion) Ace (Sophie Aldred, 7th Doctor companion) and Charley Pollard (India Fisher, 8th Doctor companion) are all returning.
The audio adventure will be available in two formats, a two disc standard edition and a five disc super, duper awesome edition, both releasing November this year. Here’s the available synopsis,
November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…
It’s the day that Bob Dovie’s life is ripped apart…
It’s also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart…
From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes and into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors and their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology.
From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved. By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness.
As of now it’s pretty vague, but no less exciting. If you haven’t checked out any of Big Finish‘s audios before, do it! They’re fantastic! And provided a much needed dose of Who during the years the show was on hiatus.
What do you think? Is this the kind of production you were looking for to celebrate Doctor Who‘s big 5-0?
What’s Colin Baker, the sixth man to have played The Doctor on Doctor Who, up to lately? Well, at the moment he’s been carted off to a jungle island near Australia as he’s appearing on the upcoming season of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, airing tonight. It’s a sure change from the TARDIS, but thankfully the wardrobe is a bit of an improvement. Before Baker shipped off though, Digital Spy grabbed him for a short interview where, of course, discussion of Who‘s 50th Anniversary came up. Has he been asked to return for the special?
No. As far I know, neither of any of my erstwhile colleagues have been asked either.
Bummer. Well, how about the long rumored Doctor Who movie?
I haven’t been approached to do a Doctor Who movie. I think they would be scraping the bottom of the barrel if they asked me to do it. All you have to do is hold up a picture of what I look right now and what I look like then and you’d know why.
Baker makes a point here about a big, logistical problem for the possibility of a multi-Doctor storyline to celebrate the golden anniversary: most of the past Doctors just don’t look like they did 20, 30, some 40 years ago. This hasn’t stopped them from reprising their roles in Big Finish’s successful line of Classic Who audio dramas, but television is an unforgiving medium. I still think it’d be neat to involve those actors in other roles, not as past incarnations of The Doctor. I’m sure someone involved could come up with a clever way around a multi-Doctor story that wasn’t actually about multiple Doctors.
Anyway, when asked about a possible cameo, Baker said,
A what? What’s a cameo role, darling? Does that mean a small part? Urgh! I suppose I might. I don’t know. I find it a bad idea to say what would you do if you were asked, which is why I’m going to say no, I probably wouldn’t appear in any movie. They would have to persuade me.
See, clever people working on Doctor Who, if you’re clever enough maybe you could persuade Baker to return.
While Baker make see his involvement with Doctor Who as a thing of the past, it’s good to hear he’s a fan of what’s happening now,
And I absolutely love Matt Smith. When I heard another young [guy] was going to be playing the Doctor, I thought, ‘Hmmm… Not another young one. Why don’t they have an old geezer again, like me?’ Suddenly, along comes this 29 or 28-year-old guy playing a 300-year-old Doctor – and he’s brilliant. He encompasses all of the previous doctors and adds a bit himself.
Oops, I think mean something like 1200 year old, but we’ll let it slide. How important to you is having past Doctors involved in the 50th Anniversary?
Source: Doctor Who TV
Many of us are familiar with Janet Fielding for playing the Fifth Doctor’s companion, Tegan Jovanka. Recently she was diagnosed with cancer and Peter Davison is rallying the troops to cheer her up. See, she’s been an avid spokesperson for the the charity Project Motor House which seeks to turn an “old motor museum” into a cultural center for the downtrodden community of East Kent. Here’s their official proposal,
For more than two years, a group of residents has been working on a plan to save the derelict West Cliff Hall (aka ‘the old motor museum’) and turn it into an exciting mixed use venue where people of all ages can enjoy themselves and where Thanet’s young people can be introduced to a business culture and get the hands-on experience they need to feel confident about starting their own businesses. We intend using low carbon techniques to renovate the building and foster interest in the burgeoning low carbon economy of East Kent.
To help with Project Motor House, Davison has devised Project Motor Mouth in honor of Fielding with all the proceeds from the event gong to the charity. And he’s enlisted some pretty big names to help out. In addition to Davison, former Doctors Colin Baker, Sylvestor McCoy, Paul McGann, and David Tennant will all be making appearances as the one day event. The booking of Tennant is especially noteworthy because he so rarely makes convention appearances. But could he really say no to his father-in-law? Didn’t think so.
You can visit their website for more information, but to no surprise the event is already sold out. Still, how swell of all those Doctors coming to together to help out not only Fielding, but the community in East Kent.
Oh! And if you haven’t heard Peter Davison (@PeterDavison5) has recently joined fellow Doctor, Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) on Twitter so you can thank them yourself for being such cool dudes.
Oh, don’t we all, Matthew. Nothing would be better than a big, multi-Doctor crossover to celebrate the longest running sci-fi television series. The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will arrive in 2013 and there is already lots of talk about the celebrations, though nothing official. John Barrowman wants to play Captain Jack for the the 50th and Christopher Eccleston has already refused to come back.
In a recent interview at Comic-Con (which I believe was the Nerdist podcast, at least they talked about the same thing), Smith chatted excitedly about what how would love to see former Doctors in the 50th anniversary,
I’d love for it to happen. How amazing would it be to see Tom Baker?! Can you imagine just seeing him back in the scarf, man? That would be amazing! So cool! And Paul McGann is a great actor, man, and a great Doctor. I say bring back Chris [Eccleston] and Dave [Tennant], too! How many Doctors can we get into one story?! Imagine if there were five or six of us in one ep and we could all just look at each other and judge each other.
Peter Davison has already returned to the Tardis in the charity short, “Time Crash”, with David Tennant. Which is some sort of mind fuckery now the two are connected through marriage. Tennant married Davison’s daughter, Georgia Moffat (who played the Doctor’s daughter in “The Doctor’s Daughter”) and the two have a daughter. Ahh! BRAIN MELT!
Anyway, if the previous Doctors were to return they’d either need to write up an explanation for why so many of them are now old and fat or use some fancy CGI jiggery-pokery. Except for maybe McGann, I figure he looks mostly the same as in his 1998 Doctor Who movie. And wouldn’t it be fantastic to give him another shot at visually playing the Doctor. He’s proven his Doctor was never given a fair shake with his work in the Big Finish audio dramas (they’re phenomenal, check ’em out), I’d love to see him interact with Smith, too.
Karen Gillan also mentioned, “I’d love to crossover Doctor Who with Star Trek: TNG! I was so excited to meet Brett Spiner!” Which is why I believe these quotes come from the Comic-Con Nerdist podcast as Wil Wheaton was also a guest and Star Trek: TNG came up a lot. Surprise. But Brent Spiner on Doctor Who? Awesomesauce.
What do you think the BBC should do for the big 50th anniversary of Doctor Who? A favorite Doctor you’d love to come back?