Just as Yoda felt a great disturbance in the Force, Whovians heard the heartfelt cries of denial from fangirls around the world with the news that David Tennant may not be appearing in the 50th Anniversary ‘Doctor Who’ episode after all.
Rumors have been circling about having all 11 Doctors come together for a reunion of sorts for the 50th anniversary episode that is to air later this year. While Tennant has repeatedly either dodged the question or stated he knows nothing about the project, he did so with that boyish grin of his making Whovians think he knew more than was letting on. After all, he did indicate that he still had his pin striped suit “in a very secure location’ during an interview on G4 and at the premiere of his ‘Nativity 2’ film, he sarcastically teased how he didn’t think that there was going to be any 50th anniversary celebration and how his agent was looking “twitchy” while he answered the question.
But in the most recent interview with Time Out, the talk of how ‘Doctor Who’ became a career defining role for him came up and how odd it would be if he wasn’t included in the plans:
Having carved out a growing reputation on stage and on the small screen, [Tennant’s] arrival in ‘Doctor Who’ turned an unexpectedly impressive revival into a globe-straddling phenomenon. It was a career-defining role, one which he seized with the enthusiasm of a lifelong fan and the skill of an under-appreciated talent now given its head. It turned him from an actor into a star – so it would be odd if he was excluded from this year’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations, even if he’s ‘beginning to give up hope that anything’s going to happen’.
What?! What?! What?! Given up hope? Can this be true? Has no one yet approached the 10th Doctor to appear in the anniversary episode?
Most would guess that showrunner Steven Moffat is behind a comment like this. After all, the guy behind the Doctor loves to tease and torment the fans when it comes to ‘Doctor Who.’ Last reported, Moffat was still writing the episode, so it could be that details have not yet been ironed out and Tennant has not been privy. But Moffat better grab the former Time Lord when he can as Tennant is an actor that doesn’t sit too long and it would be awful to know that fans missed seeing the 10th Doctor again due to scheduling conflicts.
While fans will have to wait for a definitive answer, Tennant can be next seen in the upcoming drama ‘Spies of Warsaw’ airing on BBC America in April and on ITV in the UK in ‘Broadchurch’ beginning March 4th.
What do you think, Whovians? Is this a smoke screen or do you really think Moffat would film an anniversary special without Tennant?