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?