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This Is Not A Drill: David Tennant And Billie Piper Are In The Doctor Who Anniversary Special


I woke up this morning to an email from BBC America in my inbox and now…I’m happy…I’m so happy. 

From BBC America’s lips to your eyes, “David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt will also co-star.”

Pause for a moment of KERMIT FLAIL. (Skip ahead for my real-time reaction to the news in GIF form.)

Tennant had been teasing Doctor Who fans for a while about his involvement in the anniversary. Back in August of last year he mentioned he still had his famous pinstripe suit he could pull out at any time. Then in January of this year he talked about a representative from the BBC telling him not to say about the 50th Anniversary on The Jonathan Ross Show. The implication being, he had something to tell. And as of her appearance on The Graham Norton show that same month, Piper denied being asked to participate.

But forget all that, they’re definitely in.

Last seen as the Doctor on January 1, 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor. During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials. He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, The Parting of the Ways.

Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, The End of Time in 2010.

Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations. Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran.

Filming for the anniversary starts this week and of course you can watch an all-new episode of Doctor Who on BBC America tonight at 8:00pm ET/PT.

And now for the GIF portion of our programming…


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  • Anonymous

    Oh, please god no.

  • Anonymous

    Silence blasphemer! A thousand Daleks upon your head who shalt “Exterminate” you!

  • Anonymous

    I want to be happy, but after everything Moffat’s said about Rose and her relationship with the Doctor, I do not see this ending well.

    Not to mention it’s disappointing that we apparently won’t be seeing Nine, Martha, Donna, or Jack.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think we’re seeing Ten. I think we’re seeing John Smith the Doctor/Donna.

  • http://twitter.com/Riviare Riviera

    Will be great to see my two favorites again!! It’ll be awesome to see how they interact with Matt’s Doctor, even if David turns out to be John Smith.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christina-Morejon/1058281650 Christina Morejon

    Interesting news. this must mean that the Dr will be able to break the dimensional wall separating him from Rose and his clone, right?

  • BirdBot

    This actually makes me rather sad. I would so very much rather see Donna and/or Captain Jack again than Rose. I don’t at all like the way the Rose/10 relationship ended up, and I’d rather blot it from my mind than see it rehashed some more. Boo.

  • Anonymous

    Wellll, if he’s going to be there with Piper, I’m pretty sure he’ll be playing the human Doctor, not the tenth Doctor. But, really, tomato-tomahto.

  • Travis Fischer

    If Billie Piper is in it, then I think you’re probably right.

  • Anonymous

    Incredibly disappointed. I would only be okay with Rose returning if the other new companions (especially Donna) were in as well, but if it’s only her, and Tennant… it probably means metacrisis Doctor, and I’m not okay with that at all.

    Of course, there’s always the chance this is just some silly April Fool’s joke. I hope so.

  • Anonymous

    I really only want Paul McGann to come back. Give the man some screen time!

  • Anonymous

    Seriously? Whats with all the disappointment. I have to go cancel EVERYTHING I’M DOING FOREVER

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841108884 Craig Forshaw

    So, I guess all those people who cried out, “How can Moffat refuse to pay tribute to the past in the 50th anniversary special” after a quote where he said nothing of the kind will now be admitting how they were totally wrong. Oh, wait, this is the Internet and that isn’t how these things work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841108884 Craig Forshaw

    People only ever say tomato. The analogy doesn’t work as written, only as spoken. ;-)

  • BirdBot

    Me too. Ten+Rose was such a disappointing storyline. They make such a uncomfortably mismatched romantic couple. I hate the idea of that plot coming back again, it was bad enough the first time through. Of course I’d love to see Tennant again, just not with Rose.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really tired of Rose Tyler. There’s an entire portion of the fandom laboring under the misapprehension that she’s the alpha & omega of companions.

  • Anonymous

    Uh….yeah. I know. I would have said potaH-to as well. It’s called having fun. Seems like you could use some if you could only take time out of your comment police work. ;-)

  • spuffy

    But what about Ninnnneee? I need my Nine to be in this… :(

  • Kate Drew This

    Sigh…I wish I had liked Rose, but I just didn’t. I was really hoping Donna or Jack would be in it, though.

  • http://twitter.com/AbelUndercity Abel Undercity

    So, this being a time travel show and all, why wouldn’t we be running into Ten and Rose from an earlier point in their adventures?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ortegakyle Kyle Freeman Ortega

    nothing against Ms. Piper but can’t we leave rose alone, and bring back martha and donna

  • http://www.mygeekygeekyways.com Starman

    Unlikely. Christopher Eccleston has been polite but firm about his refusal to ever do anything Doctor Who related ever again.

  • http://www.mygeekygeekyways.com Starman

    Actually, there’s three possibilities that I can see.

    1. Eleven accidentally breaks the wall and winds up in the world with Rose and Doctor 10.5 – Not impossible. Lord knows there’s been enough problems with cracks in the universe between then and now we can hand-wave it.

    2. Good old fashion past incarnation/current incarnation team up ala The Two Doctors So we get Tenth Doctor and Rose from somewhere in the middle of Series Two.

    3. The actors are in the special but they’re playing different characters and this will all tie in to why there’s multiple versions of Clara around time and space.

  • spuffy

    Oh I know, but it doesn’t make me whine any less about it ;)

  • http://twitter.com/aeonish Whitney

    I want to be happy but I’m so terrified about Moffat getting his filthy paws on my favorite companion again. And I swear to god if River comes anywhere near the Ten or the Metacrisis Doctor I’m going to kill someone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841108884 Craig Forshaw

    If a joke doesn’t really work because you don’t know the differences between the mediums, and also it is an aged non-joke at the best of times, then your mum. :-P

  • http://www.mommymisadventures.com/ Michelle Mista

    I woke up to the news yesterday and thought, “… and fandom done explodes.” Much as I adore Ten, I despised Rose. *sigh* It was too much to hope for Donna instead; It makes sense for the fan favorite companion to be back. (Seriously, WHY do people love her so much? Someone explain this to me because no matter how much I try to understand it, I just can’t.) It also confuses me why it seems like some people seem to think that this means they’ll be back permanently.

  • http://www.mommymisadventures.com/ Michelle Mista

    I woke up to the news yesterday and thought, “… and fandom done explodes.” Much as I adore Ten, I despised Rose. *sigh* It was too much to hope for Donna instead; It makes sense for the fan favorite companion to be back. (Seriously, WHY do people love her so much? Someone explain this to me because no matter how much I try to understand it, I just can’t.) It also confuses me why it seems like some people seem to think that this means they’ll be back permanently.

  • http://www.mommymisadventures.com/ Michelle Mista

    Seeing Ten and Eleven interact with each other is going to be a hoot! (I sure hope that it’s the Doctor and not John Smith because, dude, disappoint.)

    I really wonder what their dynamic will be like. I was just watching the beginning of The Three Doctors a few days ago and the bickering between 2 and 3 was hysterical to me. (Then there’s always 1′s take on them: “Oh, so you’re my replacements. A dandy and a clown!”)

    I am interested to see Rose’s reaction to 11. I just can’t see her being very tolerant of 11′s acting like an overgrown cosmic 9 year old. Likewise, though 11 has memories of his time with Rose, I don’t see him getting along with her particularly well now.

  • http://www.mommymisadventures.com/ Michelle Mista

    Timey wimey~

  • http://www.mommymisadventures.com/ Michelle Mista

    My hope is for #2. The beauty of Doctor Who is ANYTHING can happen if it’s written correctly and even if it’s not — timey wimey spacey wacey. Plus, there’s always the cracks in time. Certain things may never have happened.

  • Anonymous

    *clings to the audio dramas* At least we have these…

  • Anonymous

    It could also be Doc and Rose from the 2006 season, though, just crossing paths due to some huge temporal calamity.

    After all, Doc’s timeline is non-linear, and has crossed itself before. :)