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Published on August 5th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Moffat Teases 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Its been an uncertain few months for Doctor Who but the one uniting agent has been the 50th Anniversary celebrations. So with no amount of bluster Steven Moffat, tentatively told TV Line, the preliminary ideas will be huge!

That’s right! No false modesty, no compromises! In Moffat we trust!

“It won’t be just one thing…. We’ll be doing lots of stuff. The plans are quite extensive, and changing all the time. Oh my God, we will hit that year very, very hard indeed.”

Before you say: “yeah, nice dream” so far BBC executives are ‘fully committed’ to Moffat’s party plans:

“There’s lot of decisions we’re making that are about making all that possible. It’ll be amazing.”

The question on every Who fans mind is will we see the Doctor meet his former incarnations and so far The Grand Moff hasn’t dismissed the idea out of hand:

“Possibly…. It’s so far in the future, it’s only a set of notions,”

Ah, the big geek wants it too!

How would you like to see Doctor Who celebrate its 50th Anniversary?


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

13 Responses to Moffat Teases 50th Anniversary Celebrations

  1. avatar Simon says:

    Hopefully I’ll be part of that…

  2. avatar noelypb says:

    (Try again). I’d like to see a story arc over 13 eps with a different element of the Doctor’s past allowing for past companions etc. 1 ep per Doctor plus top and tail. Someone really messing with the Doctor’s timeline. Would have to be well written, though I think current writers can pull that off without it being crass, cheesy or ott.

  3. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    Yes please all the Doctors together!!

  4. avatar Spacedog2k5 says:

    The one thing I hope for most during the 50th anniversary? That Paul McGann to return as the 8th Doctor, maybe wearing the new costume, as well as bringing that VERY steampunk new sonic screwdriver with him.

    • avatar JanuaryLost says:

      For myself and the mile long line of people behind me:
      Yes please!!!

  5. I would hope any sort of reunion show would include Ten II. Isn’t anyone else curious how he and Rose are getting along?

  6. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Keep the Daleks off screen until 2013, then something really spectacular (although nothing Time War related please).

    I would also love Susan to make an appearance if possible.

    And McGann, and Tennant and well all of them in one form or another.

    And and and…… :)

  7. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    In Moffat we trust. Whatever he comes up with will be worth it.

  8. avatar Ian says:

    Christopher Eccleston will probably be the hold-out. BBC Wales, prepare the wax dummy for the photoshoot & start looking for deleted scenes to shoehorn into… The Eight Doctors!

  9. avatar Gruff says:

    Nearly two years ago I heard Moff talking in Cheltenham about the new series and he was coy about it but you could tell he not only had something in mind but that he had been thinking about it for some while. I think in a way he’s been a little distracted by it when you consider some of the plots he’s let through from other writers, as well as working on (the excellent) Sherlock and trying to have time to be a parent (RTD put some crazy hours in in his time too!) and husband. I’m glad they have lots of ideas, a special on the night would be excellent, but a series/season which linked back to old companions and previous (re)generations of the Doctor would be good too. As usual, to preserve the future of the show, it should be as accessible for occasional viewers as for regular and us obsessive lot. There you go Moff try to please everyone, good luck! If anyone is going to have a chance to pull it off we’re in the best hands to do it.

  10. avatar Krumstets says:

    Yes, to all of the above . Would like to see a decent 2 x 1 hour documentary on the history of the show.

    (I say 2 x 1 hour – at least that anyway, something that can be shown in easily digestible segments – 1 hour would be way too short )

    …How about a drama that deals with the months leading up to and including the first few weeks of the show in 1963?

    Something along the lines of `The Road To Coronation Street’?

    `A Very British Legend’..? Maybe…..?

  11. avatar Byron says:

    I think McGann, Tennant and former companions returning will be the most we can hope for. Davison, McCoy, and both Bakers are a little too advanced in age even for a “shorted-out time differential” and Eccleston has pretty definitively ruled himself out of any future DW stuff.

    What I think would be fun would be to incorporate the current Doctor around the edges of one of his classic Who adventures, surreptitiously influencing the outcome. They could use the same technique as the Trials and Tribble-ations episode of Deep Space Nine. It would be a hoot to see Matt Smith in the old bright-white TARDIS control room.

  12. avatar delboy204 says:

    i agree, a trial & tribble-ations episode would be ace. i think several documentaries are a must. i also have the opening scene for the anniversary episode, the current doctor visiting a dying ian chesterton in hospital to say goodbye old friend. how about a documentary about people who have appeared or worked behind the scenes that have gone on to bigger & better things. an in depth look at all the companions would be interesting too. p.s. bring back jamie!

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