In just 3 days, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ will air around the world and while the big casting news in the past had been that David Tennant would be reprising his role as the 10th Doctor, it seems that a former Doctor has some big news to spill too!
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
According to Tom Baker, who played the scarf loving fan favorite 4th Doctor, he will also be appearing in this special anniversary episode!
In an interview with The Huffington Post, the former Time Lord stated:
“I am in the special. I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I’m telling you straightaway.”
Well, that’s pretty specific now, isn’t it? While Baker didn’t go into great detail as to how the 4th Doctor will appear in the episode, he does say that his appearance will be “extraordinary”. “It worked out very well, I think, judging by the reactions of the technicians,” he added.
When the BBC was contacted for a comment, a representative had this to say:
“As with William Hartnell’s recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain.”
Yes, pretty vague but what else would you expect from the Beebs, right?
Rumors of Baker’s involvement in the 50th anniversary episode have been circulating for over a year now and if what he says is indeed true, what does that mean for the other living classic Doctors?
Back in April, Colin Baker (6th Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor) and Paul McGann (8th Doctor) stated during an interview for an Australian morning show that they were not asked to be part of the 50th anniversary episode. While many fans were upset with this news, it wasn’t until last week that McGann did show up reprising his role as the 8th Doctor in the prequel minisode ‘The Night of the Doctor’. His denial, therefore, at that time, does ring true as technically he isn’t in ‘The Day of the Doctor’. So will that mean we may see Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy in some capacity also?
Who knows? Maybe they are involved in the same ‘Doctor Who’ project Peter Davidson (5th Doctor) is involved in. Back in September, Davidson stated that he would be involved in some way the in the 50th anniversary celebrations. “I’m making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can’t reveal in what,” he commented. “I can’t reveal anything specific about it. I’m not allowed to. It is a big year for the show and we’re all doing our bit for it. Trust me.”
So while the other Doctors may be relegated to ancillary projects, Baker seems to be the only Classic Doctor who will be appearing in the actual 50th anniversary episode alongside Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt.
So what do you think, fellow Whovians? Has the news just made the waiting until Saturday more unbearable? Are you hoping for other surprise Time Lord appearances in ‘The Day of the Doctor’?
As for me, it may be time to stock up on more jelly babies.
‘The Day of the Doctor’ will air simultaneously around the world but in the US, it can be seen at 2:50pm ET/ 11:50am PT with an encore presentation at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT on BBC America.