After months of groundless and histrionic speculation, BBC has officially confirmed that David Tennant will be returning as The Tenth Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special to be aired this fall. They’ve even tweeting pictures of Tennant and Matt Smith at a read-through, though that might be a ruse. Devilishly clever, those BBC producers. Though crossovers between Doctors are commonplace in “expanded universe” Doctor Who media (There’s a lovely novel called “The Eight Doctors” that not only tries to fix continuity gaffes for the American TV movie, but for ALL the incarnations of the Doctor to date, and still manages to make a story out of it), actual televised meetings of the actors in character are as rare as hen’s teeth, with the expected Ten/Eleven team-up marking only the fifth such instance in the five-decade history of the show. Indeed, those previous occasions were each marked by real-world difficulty: William Hartnell’s infirmity kept his Doctor out of the action in ‘The Three Doctors,’ while Tom Baker declined to return in ‘The Five Doctors,’ and sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who saw the Sixth and Second Doctors working together in Spain…
Still, the current production team may be the most “meta” in history, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find Tennant and Smith interacting with their previous selves somehow or other, maybe even a ‘Back To The Future II’ scenario where they have to
get Lea Thompson to fall out of love with them travel their own past timelines, allowing for tribute to the previous nine Docs.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is still foolishly clinging to the hope of appearances by Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight, simply because it would be ridiculously awesome, asking: Will you be disappointed if the 50th Anniversary features only TWO Doctors in action?