An interesting question found its way into Steven Moffat’s mailbox in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine – what would have happened had the Tenth Doctor landed in Amy Pond’s garden, rather than his newly regenerated self?
James Powell was the lucky reader whose question was printed, and asked:
How different (if at all) would the story arc for your first season have been if David Tennant had stayed on for one more year?
I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the TARDIS crashing in Amelia’s back garden – as now – and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out.
Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.
But when he returns – many years later for Amy – he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events…And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate.
Events that we return to in Episode 13…
Fascinating stuff, we think you’ll agree, and in many ways it is a shame we never got to see Tennant’s Doctor in the new-look Moffat era.
Maybe one day we’ll have a Doctor that transcends showrunners, just like in the old days…
For more questions to Steven Moffat, check out the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine.