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David Tennant Would Have Invited Karen Gillan Into The TARDIS Had He Stayed On Doctor Who

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Talk about alternate timelines! A new interview with Steven Moffat tells us what might have been had David Tennant stayed on for another season of Doctor Who. Hint: He’d have met Amelia Pond. 

In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat was asked what the Season 5 story would have been if Tennant was still playing the Doctor.

I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the TARDIS crashing in Amelia’s back garden – as now – and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out. Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off. But when he returns – many years later for Amy – he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events…And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate. Events that we return to in Episode 13…There you go. The road not taken. Weird even to think about it now!

Quite weird. The now classic scene between new Doctor Matt Smith and young Amelia is too cemented in my mind to think of it with Tennant but thinking about an extra Tennant season just tears my heart out.

What are your thoughts on this alternate timeline? What food do you think Ten would have wound up eating?

(via Tennant News, image via BarkingSparrows)

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