With five decades of history behind it Doctor Who has attained a fan base many franchises can only dream of. One of the reasons for this is, naturally, the amazing writers and their stories. But perhaps just as important is the fans’ tendency to latch onto and love their own Doctor. With the 50th-anniversary episode on its way you’d think Steve Moffat‘s first priority would be to grab up every Doctor still kicking and get them involved, right?
David Tennant, more affectionately known as the Tenth Doctor, had previously stated his involvement in the upcoming anniversary episode. And why wouldn’t he? There is, after all, a half human, half time lord version of himself living on an alternate Earth. But even though David has spoken openly about being involved, he now maintains that he has heard nothing about appearing in the show. In a recent interview with Time Out London he stated that he was “beginning to give up hope that anything’s going to happen” and would find it odd if he was excluded from this year’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations.
I’d find it weird too; Tennant was the second Doctor of the revised series, became highly popular among the fans and is now a part of Doctor Who royality via his marriage to Fifth Doctor Peter Davison‘s daughter. But has he suffered the “Wrath of Moffat”?
Of course, the show runner is quite secretive of his scripts and even when things get leaked they’re not as we hear. What do you think? Is it a case of loose lips twist space and time or is Moffat leaning towards keeping the anniversary a more low key event? Either way you can’t have an Eleven without a Ten – it’s science.
What a relief. I really don’t think I have it in me to get through another regeneration quite so soon. We’ve already learned we’ll be saying goodbye to the Ponds, for good, sometime over the coming season. Granted, the next season of Doctor Who won’t air until the fall but that doesn’t make the news of no more Amy and Rory any easier to swallow. At least we won’t be saying farewell to Matt Smith anytime soon.
During a chat on Graham Norton‘s show, Smith revealed he has no plans of leaving, saying, “No. I am very happy to stay. I love it and love making the show.” And we’re happy you’re staying, Matt! In fact I’m overjoyed! I loved David Tennant’s Doctor and was concerned I couldn’t love a new Doctor nearly as much, and what do you know? I like 11 even MORE than 10, and I don’t want to say goodbye yet.
I’ll for sure be missing the Ponds, though. And so will Smith, saying of companion Karen Gillan, “I’ll miss her because she’s my best mate. She’s mad as a box of cats but she’s a firecracker.” As 11 quickly became my favorite Doctor, so has Amy become my favorite companion. And who won’t miss Rory?! He’s such a lovable dude whom you’ll always root for.
But there are exciting things on the horizon for the man lookin’ cool in a bow-tie. Showrunner and Whovian god, Steven Moffat has confirmed multiple specials to celebrate the 50th anniversary season as well the news that if this Doctor Who movie happens it will occur within the continuity of the show, starring whomever is the show’s current Doctor. So maybe that’s why Smith is sticking around, it would be foolish to leave before you had the chance to play the Doctor on the silver screen.
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Those three things may not be what you had in mind for the future of Doctor Who, but that’s what Steven Moffat‘s thinking, and in Moffat we trust. In a recent interview with Doctor Who Magazine he shares these thoughts about next year’s Who, which we won’t be seeing until the fall (grumble, grumble), and even reveals the title of an upcoming episode! Sort of.
Below are some of the comments as transcribed by Bleeding Cool,
…nothing in the next run is starting out as a two-parter. At this stage, everything is a single episode, and the only reason anything will become a two-parter is if we think it needs to be; not so much that the story is too long for 45 minutes, because nothing is too long for 45 minutes, but if it feels as though there are two distinct stages to the story.
This year, we used a lot of cliffhangers and mysteries to pull people through, but then I remember the moment, at the end of A Good Man Goes to War, when we put up the title Let’s Kill Hitler. That was so exciting. I’m thinking, ‘Can we do that every week?’ You can sod off with poetic understatement.
I was looking at the facts and stats and it’s not true that the two parters save us money. We’ve assumed it for years. They don’t save us money at all. Not a penny. So what’s the point in them?
I want to be able to say, every week, we’ve got a big standalone blockbuster, and then a trailer that makes it look like nothing compared to what’s going to happen next week! That’s the form for next year.
I want slutty titles and movie-poster plots. I want big pictures and straplines. The first episode I’m writing is called [Spoiler] of the [Spoilers]. And it’ll feel a bit like Die Hard, that first episode.
Ha. Yeah, don’t bother looking in your issue of DWM, it really says, “[Spoiler] of the [Spoiler].” Why, that sneaky bastard. But otherwise, what d’ya think? I like have more single episode stories. Gone are the days when Who stories would be told over multiple serials, today’s audiences want to sit down and in 45 minutes have enjoyed a complete story. And there really were an abundance of two-parters last season.
“…slutty titles and movie-poster plots,”? As I said earlier, in Moffat we trust, but I’m not sure if going bigger and flashier is always better. I wouldn’t mind a few, low-key story lines. Maybe something purely character driven. And really, what the hell does he mean by, “slutty titles,”? That one has me confused. I mean, yeah, Amy’s often seen in short, little skirts but what is there that’s slutty about Doctor Who? And why would we want it to be sluttier? I must be misunderstanding his meaning.