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article imageDoctor Who actors protest at 50th-anniversary exclusion

By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 12, 2013 in Entertainment
Three of the actors to have played the character of the Doctor have protested at not being asked by the BBC to take part in the “Doctor Who” 50th-anniversary special.
Earlier this week, the BBC revealed that Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt would be starring, as various incarnations of the Doctor, in The Day of the Doctor, a 75-minute episode of the long-running science-fiction television drama series.
However — and despite hopes from fans of the show to the contrary — none of the actors from the series prior to 2005 (known as “Classic Doctor Who”) have been signed up to take part.
Step forward Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy — the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors, respectively — who, according to Doctor Who TV, were spotted by Conor Keegan, loitering outside BBC Television Centre with protest banners:
No Classics? No 50th!
and:
Have a heart, Classic Doctors want a part!
According to io9, John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood, was also on hand at the “protest.”
Previously, stories produced to celebrate significant anniversaries of Doctor Who have featured all the incarnations of the Doctor. In 1973, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show, The Three Doctors featured William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee. In 1983, the formula was repeated with The Five Doctors, which included all five to have played the part up till that point. Again, 1993 saw Dimensions in Time feature the first six Doctors.
Doctor Who TV speculates what could be going on, asking, “Is this genuine, or a clever publicity stunt to build anticipation for the big occasion?”
Saturday, 23 November 2013 marks the 50th anniversary itself; the first-ever episode, An Unearthly Child having been broadcast in the UK on that very same day in 1963.
As well as The Day of the Doctor, the BBC have announced a whole raft of other programmes — drama and documentary — across all its national television and radio stations.
Although, the other Doctors are expected to be represented — either in person or through archive footage — so far, the only new story to be announced that involves them is an audio adventure — The Light at the End — from Big Finish, a company licensed by the BBC to produce Classic-era Doctor Who plays.
The Light at the End — which has been written by Nicholas Briggs — features the first eight Doctors. The first three Doctors, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee — all of whom have passed away — will be represented with audio footage, while Doctors four to eight — Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann — will appear in person.
Time will tell as to whether or not these Doctors will be signed up in some capacity for a return to the TV series.
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