David Tennant has confirmed that he’d be happy to return to Doctor Who for the science-fiction drama’s 50th anniversary in 2013.
Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor from 2005 to 2010, spoke about the possibility during an interview on America’s Attack of the Show!.
“I cannot be drawn on anything. Who knows what will happen next year? I’m sure there are lots of plans being discussed in quiet rooms by men with long beards and grey hair. I’m not confirming or denying anything.”
However, according to theRadio Times, the 41-year-old Scottish actor did confirm that he has kept the costume he wore on the show. “I have one of everything that I wore [on Doctor Who] in hermetically sealed suit bags, squirreled away somewhere,” he said.
In June, Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor, said that he too was willing to return to the series that made him a star.
Doctor Who is the world’s longest-running science-fiction television series. Since it began in 1963, eleven actors have portrayed the Doctors on TV – William Hartnell played the First Doctor until 1966. He was followed (in order) by Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. Tennant’s successor, Matt Smith – who has played the Eleventh Doctor since 2010 – will see the series through its anniversary year.
Return of the Doctors
For past milestone anniversaries, the BBC have produced special stories involving previous incarnations of the Doctor. For the tenth anniversary, in 1973, the then current Doctor Jon Pertwee joined his predecessors for The Three Doctors; and the first five Doctors appeared together for the 20th anniversary, in 1983, in The Five Doctors. Other multi-Doctor stories have included The Two Doctors (1985), Dimensions in Time (1993), Time Crash (2007) and the audio-only story Zagreus (2003).
Although the BBC have not yet made any official statement regarding the exact nature of the plans for next year’s anniversary, fans have long speculated that another multi-Doctor story will be part of them.
Meanwhile, a new series of Doctor Who – starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston and Jenna-Louise Coleman – which is due to start broadcasting in the next few weeks, includes the long-awaited return of the Daleks.
Coleman will make her debut during this year’s Christmas special, which will also star another former Doctor, Richard E Grant.