So is DT in S5 or Not?

There seems to be a lot of discussion in the latter half of the week as to whether David Tennant is in Series 5 or not…

Already newspapers are playing around with their own lists for 11th Doctor – but why? Surely the BBC said David Tennant would be appearing in Series 5!

Er, actually, no they didn’t. On September 3rd, the BBC Press Office said:

Doctor Who to return for fifth series in 2010

David Tennant to return to the Tardis

After months of media speculation, BBC One can confirm that the Bafta-award winning Doctor Who will return for a fifth series in spring 2010.

At no point however does the release state “David Tennant is appearing in Series 5!”

Naturally, of course, this doesn’t man anything. But we should be aware of this non-committal stance, as well as the fact that we now know that the Doctor will survive Series 4.

On Wednesday, Lucy Mangan in The Guardian suggested the following actors:

  • James Nesbitt
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Paul McGann
  • John Barrowman

as well as concluding:

Personally, I am in the mood for a bit of stolid world-weariness after Tennant’s Puckish caperings, and would fervently wish to see Bill Nighy assay the role. We’ll see how unstoppable the Daleks are in the face of humanity’s greatest weapon – the withering glance. Exterminate!

Of course, any list that includes Daniel Ratcliffe cannot be taken seriously. Period.

Elsewhere, actor David Thewlis has ruled himself out of the running for any future Doctor Who casting, indicating that he prefers film work and isn’t a big Doctor Who lover anyway (thanks Castellan Spandrell)! He did however suggest his Basic Instinct II co star David Morrissey…

As for James Nesbitt – well, he’s been suggested before, hasn’t he?

So, what happens next? Well, as we know 2009 will see 3 episodes of Doctor Who, each starring David Tennant. Presumable, Russell T Davies plans to be doing other things in 2009, and David Tennant is appearing on stage next year, ruling out intense filming and leaving us with the 3 specials.

However cast your mind back to late 2003, early 2004. Mounting Series 1 seemed to take an age; is it inconceivable that a new production team will be assembled from the end of Series 4?

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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