began in 1963, and its producers are already preparing for its golden-jubilee year in 2013.
In 1973, the BBC commemorated the show's tenth anniversary with its first-ever multi-Doctor story – The Three Doctors
, by Bob Baker (K9
) and Dave Martin (Sky
) – which featured the then current Doctor, Jon Pertwee, and his predecessors, Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell.
In 1983, for the 20th anniversary, Pertwee and Troughton joined the then current Doctor, Peter Davison, for The Five Doctors
, by Terrance Dicks (Doomwatch
With Hartnell having died in 1974, the part of the first Doctor was played by Richard Hurndall. Using an excerpt from a sixties episode, Hartnell's Doctor did appear in the story. Tom Baker had declined to take part in the production, reportedly because he felt it was too soon after he'd finished his record seven-year stint on the show. Baker's fourth Doctor appeared in the story courtesy of excerpts taken from the hitherto un-transmitted Shada
, by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiher's Guide to the Galaxy
), which had been abandoned in 1979 following a prolonged strike at the BBC.
To date, their have been two other multi-Doctor TV stories: The Two Doctors
(1985), which was written by Robert Holmes (Emergency Ward 10
), and starred Colin Baker and Troughton; and Time Crash
(2007), by Steven Moffat (Sherlock
), with Davison and David Tennant.
The BBC are well aware that fans of the series would like to see some sort of special multi-Doctor story for the 50th anniversary, and McCoy, 67, is the first actor to have played the lead role to speak publicly about his willingness to take part.
The Eleven Doctors
Sadly, Pertwee, Troughton, Hartnell and Hurndall have all since died, leaving only the two Bakers – the other one being McCoy's predecessor, Colin Baker – himself, Davison and Paul McGann and himself from the original run.
However, in an interview with BBC News
earlier today, McCoy suggested that the missing Doctors could be brought back with the aid of the latest computer technology, or CGI. He said
They've got such imaginations, they could do anything.
Would I do it? Yes, I'd be delighted to," said the actor when asked if he would consider reprising his most famous role.
I am a part of it, it hasn't ever gone away and I celebrate the 21st-Century Doctors [Christopher Eccleston, Tennant and the current Doctor, Matt Smith].
I know that the producers balk at it. All those egos in the same room would be very difficult to deal with.
But the fans are hoping that for the 50th anniversary, which is coming up, they might do something like that.
McCoy also joked that CGI effects could be used to make them all thin again.
As to exactly what plans the BBC has in mind for Doctor Who
's 50th anniversary, only time will tell. However, it is known that plans are underway.
In October, the editor of Doctor Who Magazine
, Tom Spilsbury, reported: "Last week, I attended the first proper meeting at the BBC to discuss plans for the golden anniversary celebrations."