Doctor Who News David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in Forest of the Dead

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

David Tennant in Anniversary “Surprise”?

Tenth Doctor Who star David Tennant is set for a surprise appearance in the 50th anniversary episode, according to Bleeding Cool who cite a source, word for word…

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in Forest of the Dead

Yes. David Tennant will be back in time for the Doctor Who anniversary. Be prepared to be surprised…

There is also word of more than one anniversary show (something we suggested previously) which given the scope of the fifty years of Doctor Who shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

While all this ties in with what we’ve heard, we’re surprised that Bleeding Cool’s Brendan Connolly is surprised. I mean, are there really any surprises left in Doctor Who?

But then I guess if he’s surprised at this… well, there are clearly a lot of surprises in store. Indeed, it’s remarkable that “surprise” has turned out to be the main element of this post.

Who would have thought…?


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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 David Tennant in Anniversary “Surprise”?

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    I think a bigger surprise would be if there were no elements from the past to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Since the anniversary special is still a year away, I’m fairly certain that there will be absolutely no surprises by the time it’s here. Stuff will be leaked, everyone will feel the need to report all the leaks and by the time the special actually gets here, many folks will be vastly disappointed and exhausted from endless speculation. Heck, I stopped getting DWM a year ago just to stay a bit more fresh on the proceedings. The last thing I want to do is get sick of Doctor Who, especially now. I’m hoping things get more spoiler-sensitive, even article titles.

    Sadly, it’s getting tougher and tougher to actually wait and see an episode and enjoy it because you know too much. And it’s very tough to totally unplug in this day and age.

  3. avatar Steve Andrew says:

    I would certainly love for Tennant (as well as Eccleston, McGann, whoever…) to come back for the 50th, if only to see the on-screen comparison with Smith. Still we don’t know in what capacity this “return” will be. Saying he’s coming back for the 50th is the sort of thing the Sun would print just to fill space. There’s a 50/50 chance it’ll be true, DT is the most recent past Doctor and is a genuine fan of the show so chances are high he’d like to be involved if asked. But also, I don’t think he’ll be mortally offended if he isn’t asked.

    At this stage it’s all gone a bit quantum. Any announcement about a show that’s a year away is Schrodinger’s News Item – it might be true or false, we can only know for certain when it’s officially announced.

    Until then, I’m perfectly happy to be genuinely “surprised” by whatever the Moff comes up with, ie: to only really know what happens until the 50th itself actually rolls around.

    (And remember “source close to the show” usually equals “bloke who wrote the article to drum up internet traffic”.)

    • Good points, Steve, and well made.

      If the writer of the BC article had heard some of the rumours that have come our way, “surprised” would seem rather tame. But of course we (and most others) don’t really know for definite, and won’t for many, many months…

  4. avatar daniel says:

    It should come out relatively soon…as I can’t imagine that DT could visit Cardiff without the world knowing about it.

    Here is a question – could a Special support say 3 Doctors and a companion…some of the recent episodes have seemed to struggle to give its 3-4 leading actors enough to do (thats not all episodes-just some)

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