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Published on November 30th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Sylvester Up for Reunion

Sylvester McCoy – currently appearing on stage in London – has revealed that he would be happy to appear in a multi-Doctor reunion special in 2013 to commemorate 50 years of Doctor Who.

“Would I do it? Yes, I’d be delighted to.”

“I am a part of it, it hasn’t ever gone away and I celebrate the 21st Century Doctors.”

The first multi-Doctor story, The Three Doctors, starring William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, was broadcast in December 1972-January 1973 to celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary, while The Five Doctors appeared on TV in 1983 to celebrate 20 years of time travel. The Two Doctors in 1985 was just for fun, while Dimensions in Time in 1993 made no sense to anyone. McCoy – soon to fly to New Zealand to appear in The Hobbit – went on to say:

“The fans are hoping that for the 50th anniversary, which is coming up, they might do something like that.

“It would be fascinating with all the technology if they could bring back Jon Pertwee and William Hartnell. That would be amazing – and I bet they could do it if they wanted to.”

A multi-Doctor, 50th anniversary special is a romantic notion – but do you see it happening? Would Christopher Eccleston or even Tom Baker take part?

Or would camera trickery and the adding of modern stars into classic scenes work more effectively?


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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+.

5 Responses to Sylvester Up for Reunion

  1. avatar bluebox444 says:

    Steven Moffat hasn’t expressed much interest in doing a story like this, and I can’t blame him. Multi-Doctor stories may be entertaining on a fanboy level, but there’s not much enduring quality to them. Still, I might be proven wrong in 2013.

  2. avatar depechefan says:

    Hardly a shocker is it? I mean work is work!

  3. avatar Rick714 says:

    I’d say do it if you could do it well and who better than Moffat? He’d know enough to hit the brakes at the right points, not go too far here and there. Whenever these have been done in the past, a lot of people nit pick about the story when the whole point of these is the mix of the characters. The Three Doctors, Five doctors, Two Doctors and Time Crash were all great fun because we got to see the characters at odds with each other.

    I mean, if we put the microscope to most DW stories, the story and the “science” don’t hold up well so it’s usually smart to just sit back and enjoy the experience.

  4. avatar Carn says:

    The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors still rate highly among my all time favorite serials for just sheer fun, particularly with the Doctors interacting with each other and often amusing scenes with the companions (the Brigadier comes to mind in both stories).

  5. avatar John Harley says:

    I still do not understand the fascination for Moffat! The man has damaged my interest in the programme no end and yet there are still people singing his praises! It’s certainly not the same show that I grew up with today…

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