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David Tennant Knows Something About The Doctor Who Anniversary But The BBC Won’t Let Him Tell Us

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If you had a role on BBC’s Doctor Who at any time in the last 50 years, you’ve probably been asked about the big anniversary. But if you’ve actually played the Doctor, you’ve been grilled and some actors have terrible poker faces. For instance, David Tennant. The actor has had to keep secrets about the show in the past but he’s never been particularly good about it. So much so the BBC felt the need to tell him specifically not to say anything about the 50th anniversary. How do we know? He said something about the 50th anniversary. 

Tennant previously revealed he still has his famous pinstripe suit in case the BBC came knocking for the 50th anniversary but has been coy otherwise. But just in case his excitement got the better of him, the BBC told Tennant not to say anything about the plans as he was about to appear on The Jonathan Ross Show recently and he went and did exactly the opposite. Perhaps it’s time to start using reverse psychology on him.

I’ll tell you how terrified they are. In make-up tonight, this lovely lady came in, who I never met before, and went ‘I’m from the BBC,’ and I went, ‘oh, hello, nice to meet you!’ And she said ‘I’ve been sent to say that anything about the Doctor Who 50th anniversary must not be mentioned on television.’ That’s how scared they are! I don’t know anything, I’ve got nothing to tell ya, and they’re sending out spies to shut me up from telling you things I don’t know!

So technically, he didn’t reveal anything but by “not talking” about the anniversary, he seems to have said a mouthful. Because if he really didn’t know anything, the BBC wouldn’t have felt the need to specifically tell him not to mention it, right? Guys, I think it’s safe to say Tennant is going to be acting in the 50th anniversary.

Ross tried to get more out of him but Tennant kept denying any other conversations had been had. But fans are still wondering how past Doctors, Tennant and beyond, could return. My hope is they cast the actors in roles other than the Doctor. That way they all get to participate and the creators don’t have to figure out some ridiculous excuse for why they all look older. Because, while we can suspend belief for charity specials, I’m not sure hardcore Whovians will accept that much timey-wimey stuff in continuity.

But the overall message here for Who stars?

(via Blastr)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."