We've been hearing a lot of Doctor Who Christmas Special details - everything from trailers to a prequel minisode but what is going to happen once all the wibbly wobbly timey wimey holiday cheer subsides? What does showrunner Steven Moffat and the Doctor Who writers have in store for 2013 - the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who?
According to recent reports, not only is BBC planning a pair of anniversary specials, the celebration may even include an appearance by the 10th Doctor, David Tennant.
So far, details are limited but Bleeding Cool claims that reliable sources have told them:
Yes. David Tennant will be back in time for the Doctor Who anniversary. Be prepared to be surprised…
No other information was provided on that topic and similar rumors of a reappearance by the 10th Doctor have been debunked again and again in the years since 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, took over the TARDIS. However, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility - given that an appearance by Tennant doesn't necessarily mean a full-on Doctor crossover. The 10th Doctor could easily reappear in a flashback or, should Moffat be crazy enough to re-open the parallel world can of worms, by revisiting Rose and The Part-Human Doctor - which would also mean a possible reappearance by Billie Piper too.
Of course, it's also possible that Moffat is planning his own Doctor mash-up episode - similar to the fan-favorite 1983 special, "The Five Doctors." In that episode, original versions of the Doctor (Peter Davison, Richard Hurndall, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee) as well as former companions are ripped from their various time streams and are brought face-to-face - teaming up to defeat a threat to Gallifrey. While five is the maximum number of Doctors that have worked together, producers had already brought together the first three iterations back in 1973 for a four episode arc in "The Three Doctors." Newly minted Doctor Who fans, who might be less familiar with "Classic" Who, also have their own Doctor crossover - the meet-up between Tennant's 10th Doctor and the Fifth Doctor (played by Peter Davison) in the minisode, "Time Crash".
Considering Doctor crossovers have happened before, there's no doubt that Tennant could easily return, not to mention the possibility that 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston could take a break from Thor 2 filming for an appearance as well. However, are fans really ready for a face to face encounter by the the most recent versions of the Doctor? While Doctor crossovers are a fun idea, more Doctors don't always make for better entertainment. That said, if Moffat does want to tackle a Doctor crossover, what better time to do it than for the 50th anniversary - especially considering he shot down any hope of a Sherlock/Doctor Who tie-in.
Bleeding Cool's report also mentions that (unconfirmed) sources close to production indicate that Moffat is writing a pair of anniversary specials - and that the showrunner has been "laying the groundwork for the anniversary storyline for some time." The prospect of a two-part celebration is certainly exciting; although, without official word, we could still get anywhere from one to several anniversary episodes when the special installments actually air in 2013 (likely around November) - long after the springtime conclusion of season 7.
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Doctor Who returns Tuesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET for the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special. The Doctor Who anniversary celebration will kick off (with or without David Tennant) in 2013.
Source: Bleeding Cool