David Tennant Losing Hope He’ll Be Invited Back For Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

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David Tennant Portrait Session

I’m beginning to suspect that the people running Doctor Who may, in fact, have their heads up their respective asses. There’s been constant talk of what a big hullabulloo they’re planning in celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary this year, but so far the actual confirmed events have been a bit underwhelming. Sure, there’s going to be a TV special of some sort, and a TV movie about the creation of the series, as well as some new audio dramas and short stories. But given that this is a TV show we’re discussing, you’d think they’d be making their biggest celebratory press in that medium. And while there are constant rumors about former Doctors and companions returning in some capacity, that still hasn’t been confirmed, and every time those rumors gain any steam, it seems that one or the other of the former Doctors steps forward and says they still don’t know if anything is happening. This time it’s David Tennant.

I realize wrangling former Doctors and companions could be difficult logistically, but if nothing else it would seem a given to bring back Tennant in some way, since he’s the most recent to pass along the mantle of the time lord. But in a new interview with Time Out, he was asked about returning for the anniversary and admitted that he is “beginning to give up hope that anything’s going to happen.” Sure, he could just be vowed to silence about the surprises they have up their sleeve, but that particular wording doesn’t sound like a coy evasion to me. It sounds like somebody who’s genuinely hurt at the thought of being left out of a celebration for the show that is still a huge part of his life. And if he is feeling that way, then the Doctor Who people need to get their shit together and make it right.

I’m hoping that all of this is just a case of Steven Moffat and the other Who folks trying to hold back a few secrets until closer to the air date. But if nothing else, these Tennant comments aren’t exactly good publicity. Tennant is one of the most beloved of the Doctors ever, and the one that first won over quite a few people who didn’t grow up with the show. If the BBC is planning to involve him and just hasn’t approached him yet, what are you guys waiting for? Send the poor guy a courtesy email already!

What do you think? Are Moffat and the BBC really dropping the ball about including Tennant, or do you think this is all part of a misinformation campaign to keep fans on their toes?


  1. I think if they don’t bring back Tennant in some way, especially as we know Tom Baker IS involved in some capacity, the BBC are going to see viewing figures drop off a cliff. You couldn’t treat the fans that way and expect them to continue as if nothing had happened so they’d better get their collective brains in gear and start telling us some stuff we want to hear!

  2. Rob says:

    Moffat is starting to annoy me with his Sherlock-like approach to Doctor Who. I stopped watching Sherlock after the months of no information, and I fear that Doctor Who will go the same way – months of information that we’ve already got, just re-packaged. He’s playing on the emotions of fans and viewers – for example, we were promised a proper series. We got what, 6 episodes? That’s just pitiful.

    Take boot. Insert into ass. Shows will come. Simple, really.

  3. heronymo says:

    Come on, they have to get Tennant in there! Greatest Doctor ever.

  4. In 1983, Tom Baker didn’t make an appearance in The Five Doctors (though that was his choice) and he was the actor preceding the incumbent just as Tennant is now. Perhaps Moffat has other plans than a great big Three Doctors/Five Doctors/Dimensions In Time/Zagreus Past-Doctor-fest. If he has, you can hardly blame him for going for something different! (and please bear in mind I generally have little time for Moffat and the way he runs the series).

  5. Mark Davis says:

    Rule number one, the doctor lies.

  6. Scott Sands says:

    I’d rather have a good story featuring none of the other doctors. Then ooooh i don’t know Dimension in Time. As for the whole keeping it secretive I like it. I’m not a big fan of Spoiler and by doing this there making the special feel like surprise birthday party for the fans.

  7. Jeff Brewer says:

    The franchise as a whole has taken a turn for the worse since RTD and DT left, and Steven Moffat took over. Granted, Matt Smith’s run has had a few good points, but overall, Moffat’s “new direction” for the show has been lacklustre, and has trampled on established canon from both the original and the new series far too often.

    I have no expectations of a grand celebration of Doctor Who on television this year, and become more certain the hype will be greater than the event. I hope I am wrong.

    Personally, the best thing that could happen would be for Matt Smith’s Doctor to be retconned, ala Bobby Ewing’s “resurrection” in Dallas all those years ago, with David Tennant’s Doctor waking up with a start and declaring something like, “What a terrible dream! Oh well. Allons-y!” (which also won’t happen).

  8. Jim says:

    I think you don’t know Tennant at all. He would never say that if he was actually in the dark about this. You’ve been played.

  9. howard88 says:

    Bringing back Tennant would be far easier as they can bring him back but not as THE Doctor. The human Doctor stayed with Rose and the real Doctor went on his merry way. Maybe we could get some epic thing with the Cybermen and Daleks from that universe and human Doctor needs to find real Doctor to stop them. The whole thing would culminate to an end with human Doctor sacrificing himself to save everyone and real Doctor finding out WHO he really is…DOCTOR WHO? Possibly the new companion has some bearing on why human Doctor has to find real Doctor. I would like to see Tennant et al involved in a meaningful way for the 50th and do hope that Moffitt is taking a page out of JJ Abrams book of misdirection. Theres a real opportunity to do something special here and I hope they get it right regardless.