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Published on October 24th, 2011 | by Brian A Terranova

Davison Happy to Return!

The Doctor is Back! Is how the tabloids and headlines would read when things like this become true and let’s face it, who doesn’t want them to be true?

Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison has said that he would be in for a return to Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013. However with a bit of a skeptical heart:

“I feel no need to turn my back on it, but I don’t feel like it’s the kind of thing they’d do. I’d be very surprised if they tried to do anything involving the old Doctors because it always takes a slight stretch of the imagination anyway to figure out why the previous Doctors look older but I’m sure that can be done.”

Indeed it could and in fact already has been done by current showrunner Steven Moffat. In fact the science of Doctor Who is often so ludicrous that nearly any throwaway line of explanation would do the trick.

Peter is of course no stranger to returning to the Doctor Who fold. In the past he has participated in two Children in Need Specials – 1993‘s Dimensions in Time and 2007’s Time Crash – a whole host of Big Finish audios and even a Mark Gatiss/David Walliams comedy sketch for the BBC’s Doctor Who Night in 1999, where Mark himself got to kiss a Doctor long before Jack Harkness arrived on the scene!

But don’t think an actor with Peter’s record is just waiting to be asked, he’s a busy man who had made quite a career for himself after all. Sure he’d be happy to return but…

“… at the same time I’m not sort of longing on it. I’m perfectly happy to have played my part to go back to ‘Time Crash’. I don’t feel like I’m hanging on a phone call from the ‘Doctor Who’ offices saying let’s do something special.”

No Peter, that would be us, your fans. We’re waiting for you to get that phone call. Every day. And Tom and Colin and Sylvester and Paul and Chris and David! And John Simm and the Daleks and-and-and-and… the list goes on!

But this is good news isn’t it? Peter Davison is welcoming a return to Who? How cool is that to see a previous Doctor embracing the role of the Doctor and wanting to come back for more? (Take notes Tom and Chris!)

Although let’s forget that Mr. Davison has suggested that they could scan him into a computer and make an animated version of him to be in the show like The Simpsons. That… that just wouldn’t be good. Remember the heads Peter! William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton spinning for all of film life for charity! How cruel was the world back then and you want to bring it back to that? No thank you sir, please come in person and stay a while, we’d love to have you.


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Doctor Who and me go way back. I first discovered it on my local PBS Station WHYY in the suburbs outside Philadelphia when I was a young kid; though I am uncertain of the exact age.

4 Responses to Davison Happy to Return!

  1. avatar daniel says:

    I think to be honest they may not go down the multi-doctor route and will go for a regeneration for the 50th anniversary episode.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    I think the most likely ideas will involve CGI and voice-overs.

    I thought one of the most ingenious ideas ever was in the DS9 episode where they inserted Sisko and his cast back into the old Shatner Tribbles episode. The work was flawless. We had Sisko, Dax, etc. wandering around the old enterprise alongside Kirk, spock. We had Obrien and Worf fighting alongside Scotty and chekov—it was really, really well done. And that was with tech from over a decade ago. I think the Mill is definitely up to the task of such a feat.

    And besides, why bring all the other Doctors to #11, when you can bring him…to them?

    Either that or there’s absolutely nothing stopping Smith’s Doctor from getting voice-over advice from his past lives–maybe as he regenerates? Many folks out there you can do the voices for the first three Doctors after all. Many possibilities.

  3. avatar Ryan Gross says:

    The best conceivable way in my eyes, would be to have all the previous Doctors coming from parallel worlds where they didn’t regenerate. Then there would be no reason to explain the age difference, or causing paradoxes, or confusion about why they don’t remember.

  4. avatar stlshawn says:

    Gallifrey is locked, they need a rogue to unlock it,,, even if it is the same time lord who locked it up.

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