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We Can Count Three More Doctors Out of Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary Special

So far David Tennant (and Matt Smith, obviously) are in, and Christopher Eccleston is out. Who else didn’t get the call?

That would be Six, Seven, and Eight, played by Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann. There’s been no official confirmation from the BBC that they won’t be involved. But given the special’s currently filming in England and the three actors are doing the con circuit in Australia… well, unless someone has a working TARDIS handy, it’s not happening.

Said Baker on the Australian talk show Mornings:

“They’re actually making it now. So the likelihood is, as we’re sitting here with you, that [we don't be doing it.]… You can see why they’re not using [me], because I look nothing like what I looked like originally. So the viewers would be very confused.”

If you’re disappointed by the trio’s absence, so is McCoy, who said “All the fanbases all over the world believe [everyone should be involved], but not the producers at the BBC.”

Well, shucks. I would’ve liked to see as many cameos from old Doctors and companions as possible in the 50th. Would it be crowded? Would it be unwieldy and ridiculous and completely and utterly insane? Yes. But it’s the 50th anniversary! That only happens once. It should be fun and campy and ridiculous! Hell, zap everyone back to the ’60s and make it a musical. Give the Daleks a dance number.

Oh well. Six through Nine are a no, and the actors who played One through Three are dead. Four and Five aren’t looking likely at this point. At least you have the audio stories, classic Whovians.

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  • Adam R. Charpentier

    They might still sound like the Doctors, but they certainly don’t LOOK like they did when they regenerated…with the exception of Paul McGann, that seems like a reasonable excuse.

  • BirdBot

    The more I hear about the special, the more depressed I get. No Doctor’s 6, 7, 8 or 9. No Jack Harkness, no Donna, just Rose. Bleh, the ONLY companion I’d rather not see again is the only one we get.

    I just keep hoping that this is all one giant sneaky fake-out so when all the characters we love and miss come back we are twice as thrilled to see them.

  • Psychotronic (Michael F.)

    Well, being in Australia at present, they cannot be there physically anyway. That said, no one is ruling out voiceovers yet.

  • Elwyne

    There’s still lots of time to film clips and pickups for the episode.
    Plus there’s been talk of using old footage.

    On the
    other hand, it looks like past Doctors may be honored in ways other
    than appearance by the actors. Four’s scarf, for example, has already
    been observed. I think we’re going to
    get more nods like that. Fine with me – I love the subtle geekery. It’s
    like a special gift just for hardcore fans.

  • TheBoost

    McCoy aged well… or at least he was never that young looking to start.

  • TheBoost

    I want Christopher Eccelston, but not as Doctor 9. I want him to play Peter Cushing as the Doctor. Ever see him done up to look like Cushing for Star Wars Ep 3?

  • Gordon Borland

    Big Finish are doing a multi-Doctor special, which looks (sounds?) really good.

  • J.P.

    In everything pertaining to the 50th anniversary, I am currently fixed in the “Denial” stage of grief – I currently won’t believe that these wonderful people are not involved with the anniversary and that they are all just blatantly lying about it. However, as the days go by, I am slipping more and more into the “Anger” stage …

  • Kim Pittman

    Ugh. The thing is… The 50th isn’t for people who don’t watch Doctor Who. The 50th is for people who WATCH Doctor Who. So it doesn’t matter if they “look right”, we KNOW it’s Tom Baker. We KNOW who they are.

    *sigh* I really feel BBC went about this all wrong. Even if you don’t call them Doctor, you have them IN the episode running about in the background in their costumes. They take one shot, look directly at a companion/camera/etc wink, do something sneaky then run off. Fans see it, go all gibbery over it, and then all the fun keeps happening. (Think Bill and Ted, hiding the keys, only it’s all the Doctor.)

    It could have been amazing. Well, it likely will be amazing, but it could have been the greatest thing on tv ever.

  • Mr The Batman

    I’d prefer Rose over boring old Martha.

    It definitely needs Donna, but I’d love to see River make an appearance!

  • James Alexander

    I would be really surprised if River wasn’t in the special. She knew the Doctor’s name in series 4.

  • James Alexander

    They really can’t go back further than McGann. Really guys, babies born during the 8th Doctor regeneration are about to go to college this year. It’s been a long time.

  • Anonymous

    That was Wayne Pygram a.k.a. Scorpius.

  • Anonymous

    8th Anniversary, 50th Anniversary, same thing.

  • Nurilen Yakobistan

    i guess i’d rather see the Doctors as I remember them.
    still though.. 50th anniversaries come once in a lifetime! twice if you’re lucky!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Did they give him Old Timer makeup for the movie or could a bit of makeup young him up? Then fine.

  • Mr The Batman

    LOL I guess 2 people disagree with me. Honestly Martha is BORING.

    Not saying Rose is much better, but I’d definitely prefer her over someone like Martha.

  • Guest

    Chris has said several times the Doctor Who chapter of his life is closed, Baker stated he wouldn’t step on set for less than a million dollars unless it was a proper story and not just a small part and McCoy is one of the least popular Doctors and McGann was in a tv movie most fans hated. Gee, it’s hard to believe they won’t be involved.

  • TheBoost

    You’re right. I should have clarified that there’s some test make-up pics of Eccelston done up like Tarkin online. He’s not in the movie.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I still say they should have cast them in other roles just so they could say they were in it.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    That would be fantastic.

  • Natalie Sharp

    I’m still not convinced they are doing solely one episode.

  • Natalie Sharp

    Yeah, Rose is my least favorite companion of all time. Can we say co-dependent?

  • Christopher Brown

    McCoy was an *awesome* Doctor, Baker is quite willing to do it, nearly everyone agrees that Paul McGann is a great Doctor. So…point.

  • Brian

    McCoy was from one of the least popular periods of the show, and most fans disliked the movie, but both are quite well-regarded as doctors. There’s not really a single Doctor who is widely disliked. Well, Colin Baker, but it’s largely agreed that wasn’t his fault.

  • Anonymous

    It was a quote from *Colin* Baker, but otherwise I agree with you. :)

  • Hannah T

    McGann was also in a series of AWESOME radio plays. He showed he could play a good Doctor once he was away from all the Hollywood-isation crap. Fans definitely have a soft spot for him in general.

  • Shelley Templar

    I’d be incredibly disappointed if Paul McGann isn’t in it in someway.

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    Can we say borderline hooker footballer crackwhore? Mickey and the Doctor could have done SO. MUCH. BETTER. >: /

  • Lisa Still Smouldering

    This, just….WHY? Sarah Jane was on the new series as her older self; since the actress died why can’t there be visual homages to older companions of some sort in the final special, I’d hope. I mean, all you need to say is that somehow his previous incarnations got stuck in bizarre netherrealms, where they have been sitting around doing ____ for 10,000 years. Poof! It’s ok that they aged!

    Also, Rose. Ugh. HUSSY.

  • opalexian

    Slather and froth over the Doctor until he HAD to make out with her just to get her to stop making puddles all over the TARDIS?

    I apparently don’t hate Billie tho-I thought she was BRILLIANT in ‘Day’! ; b

    Moffat stole my theory about Doctors staying in previous incarnations. >_>