Doctor Who News Matt Smith & David Tennant at Doctor Who's 50th anniversary read through

Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

Three Doctors – But Who Flies the TARDIS?

Matt Smith has talked about working with David Tennant on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special and surprise, surprise, the two actors got on like a collaborative pair of houses on fire!

Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special

In the past, actors playing different incarnations of the Doctor in the same story have had rivalries both on and off screen but Smith and Tennant, – often remarked upon as being very nice chaps – have been building this very special episode on the chemistry that they have together.

Smith discussed that even the littlest things required forward planning and essential sharing:

Our first scene was on the TARDIS! It was me, David [Tennant], and John [Hurt] actually, and we were flying the TARDIS. I remember saying to Dave, “Dave, I don’t want to hog all the flying duties.” Literally, you have those conversations. Seriously, I went, “Do you want to fly it for a bit?” We all flew it. He flies his.

The actor behind the Eleventh Doctor also spoke about his characters relationship with Rose and the Tenth Doctor:

Well first, [Billie Piper] is a great friend of mine anyway. We’ve worked together and I’m very fond of her. She’s wonderful. But yeah, bizarrely, if you look at previous Doctor Who stories, they tend to be quite grouchy with each other, but I think Ten and Eleven actually like each other.

What will be the best of the 50th anniversary we wonder? Ten and Eleven together, their relationship with John Hurt’s Doctor or seeing Rose and Clara trying to interact with three Doctors?

(Via Vulture)


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4 Responses to Three Doctors – But Who Flies the TARDIS?

  1. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    According to Bleeding Cool, they have it on good authority (from a man down the bus stop probably) that McGann has filmed a sequence for the special. Given all the speculation, this could be the long awaited regeneration into the 9th Doctor – who we now know is more than likely John Hurt’s rather than Eccles.

    Which is a thought – if Eccles had agreed to appear, would there be a Hurt Doctor? Did his character appear in the original plan? Or would it have been shown that it was indeed Eccleston’s Doctor who committed genocide by destroying both the Daleks and the Time Lords?

    At the 75th Anniversary an aged Moffat will no doubt reveal all…

    • avatar authorman94 says:

      Given that the hints towards Hurt’s Doctor go all the way back to The Girl in the Fireplace, I imagine Moff’s had the “other Doctor” in his head for a very long time.

      I do hope McGann turns up, but at the same time if not, we have the Big Finish special coming out.

  2. avatar vortexter says:

    I wouldn’t have thought it would have been Ecclestones doctor but McGanns who pressed the button. The 9th Doctor seemed to me to have been blasted out of the war mid-regeneration and dealing with the post traumatic stress.
    Great news about McGann if it is true. I think the Zygons are in the pre-credits myself while the Daleks take centre-stage. But its anyone’s guess at the moment.

    • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

      If the current theory is right, Hurt’s is the 9th Doctor – so Eccles was 10th, Tennant’s 11th and Smith’s 12th. The idea being that The Doctor “disowned” himself because of what he did to end the Time War so doesn’t count him. This could be the “controversial” twist that is being mooted.

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