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BBC Publishes Doctor Who Anniversary Plans, So Why Are Classic Doctors Protesting?

We’ve always known the BBC was going to slowly roll out their Doctor Who 50th anniversary plans, and many fans were hoping to see a lot of Classic Doctor content, but now we have some concrete info. But then why are Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, and Colin Baker protesting outside BBC TV?

This is a curious story but let’s go with what we know for sure first. Doctor Who TV has up information, since deleted from the BBC website, of anniversary details including the name of the actual anniversary special.

A 75-minute special called The Day Of The Doctor will star the soon-to-leave Matt Smith and David Tennant.

Smith said: “Hope you all enjoy. There’s lots more coming your way.”

Other highlights include a BBC Two lecture by Professor Brian Cox on the science behind the hit show and the drama An Adventure In Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss.

The one-off programme stars David Bradley, of the Harry Potter films, as William Hartnell – who was the first Doctor in 1963.

BBC Four will introduce new audiences to Hartnell, with a re-run of the first ever story. The four episodes are being shown in a restored format, not previously broadcast in the UK.

BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show is to present Me, You and Doctor Who, with lifelong fan Matthew Sweet exploring the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama.

A 90-minute documentary on BBC Radio 2 will ask “Who Is The Doctor?” – using newly-recorded interviews and exclusive archive material to find an answer – while BBC Three will be home to several commissions.

The anniversary episode sees the return of the Daleks For those less familiar with the show, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide will provide a handy primer.

Certainly a lot of content, though there’s no information as to whether or not all of these will be available immediately worldwide like the anniversary special. On BBC America, we’ve been getting specials on each of the past Doctors, including interviews with those still alive and their Companions. But should we be worried some of the Classic Doctors aren’t happy with the small amount of coverage?

Also from Doctor Who TV, comes a report of Doctors 5, 6, and 7 holding what appears to be a protest outside of the BBC TV Centre:

The banners read: “No Classics? No 50th!” and “Have a heart, Classic Doctors want a part!”

So what is going on here? Is this genuine, or a clever publicity stunt to build anticipation for the big occasion?

There have also been suggestions that it could be a special clip or DVD extra as the event was being filmed.

All possibilities of course but I’m really hoping this is part of something and not an actual protest. I don’t think I could handle the emotions.

(via io9)

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  • Anonymous

    Omg Filch is in ALL THE THINGS

  • Jill Pantozzi

    He really is! I’ve been seeing him in everything lately.

  • Nirali

    This makes me upset. Classic Who ftw! And if it was planned, I’m losing respect for the show.

  • Anonymous

    This is sort of the crux of my problem with Moffat’s tenure in general: Doctor Who existed before you worked on it! Even silly cameos from some of the classic Doctors would make me happy at this point.

  • Anonymous

    And the damn thing’s called Day of the Doctor, for Pete’s sake. If that’s not an homage to the Pertwee serial Day of the Daleks, I’ll eat my Tom Baker scarf. You can’t just throw in these fanservicey references while pretending that your Doctor who is the real/deep/special one.

  • Anonymous

    Former Doctor Who actors protest outside the BBC.

    That’s it, you did it. You found the most British story that ever Britished. Congratulations.

  • husserl

    At least Big Finish is doing something with all the Classic Doctors.

  • Mike Chen

    No Paul McGann, though. Fingers crossed for a regeneration scene into John Hurt. I just started his Big Finish audio dramas and his performance is pretty stellar.

  • Richard Watson

    The “protest” is a comedy skit being shot by Peter Davison for showing at Conventions. He’s shot several others in the past but this one is on a bigger scale.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Considering no one believed the “leak” story from a few months back it seems to me the BBC is just really bad at publicity stunts.

  • Wulfy

    It makes me sad that someone can make a ridiculous statement like this, when the last season has been positively littered with Old Who references and even had a whole montage sequence of past Doctors, and yet it still gets massively upvoted purely on the basis that it’s a criticism of Moffat.

  • csb

    The ‘deleted’ BBC article is still live, just at a different link.