Doctor Who News Celebrate The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary!

Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

50th Anniversary “Celebrating” Past Doctors

If there’s one thing Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary will provided it’s a celebration of what’s come before and what’s just over the horizon – that’s according to Matt Smith, who sat down with SFX to share some of his thoughts on the upcoming special.

Celebrate The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary!

Matt Smith told the magazine that Steven Moffat’s script will pay homage to the “wonderful actors” that preceded him:

It’s about looking back and forward at the same time, a bit like the Doctor does…It’s about celebrating everyone that’s been involved with it, all the wonderful actors that have taken part before me, and it’s also about looking forward.

Matt also went on to praise his Doctor Who forerunners:

I feel in a very privileged position, having had people like David and Chris, Tom [Baker], Patrick [Troughton], Jon [Pertwee], William Hartnell… great, great actors behind me.

Previously, Steven Moffat has underlined the importance of moving the Doctor’s story forward and not ‘all looking backwards’. Of course, it would be rude to not celebrate – but let’s not do it on their behalf… here’s hoping their invitation is in the mail (with an anniversary stamp of course!)



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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.

3 Responses to 50th Anniversary “Celebrating” Past Doctors

  1. avatar says:

    Anniversaries are about looking back, with a good view to the future. If there is a Trek convention with the TNG cast, they will probably mention, but not dwell on the new movie. When my parents celebrated their anniversary, it was about looking back at what they had done, and ending with a toast to the future.

    Im just saying.

  2. avatar GallifreyanFallenAngel says:

    At least I have hope at about 90% there will at least be archive footage of the past Doctors in the 50th, not just celebrating New Doctor Who.

  3. avatar nel says:

    I can’t wait for all the new season 7 hype to die down because then perhaps we can get on with the business of the 50th anniversary, which i very much hope acknowledges and celebrates the past in a big way, while, as others have mentioned, acknowledging the show’s future. Matt Smith is a good Doctor and is lucky enough to be the Doctor during the 50th anniversary year, but I certainly don’t want the 50th to be all about his Doctor and the current series. And that’s what it feels like right now. I hope that will change as we move closer to November.

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