Skipping to Conclusions: “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary Special

In geekdom, we see a lot of teasers. Sometimes it’s just an image or the name of a creator, other times it’s a trailer or a simple tag line. Whatever it is, it’s meant to get a reaction from you and start a discussion. Inspired by the anticipation and buzz caused by these teasers, we at Fantastic Fangirls present Skipping to Conclusions in which we speculate about the comics, movies, TV shows, or whatever we’re excited about but hasn’t come out yet.

by Jessica

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Personally, I’ve become a very conflicted Who viewer ever since Steven Moffat took over–I still watch every episode, but by the end of most of them I’m usually filled with a sense of at least disappointment, if not fuming anger. But here is not the place to discuss my qualms with Mr. Moffat! Rather, I thought it was important to give you an idea of where I’m coming from as I break down my expectations for the anniversary festivities beginning this Fall.

We’ll start with the big news: all surviving doctors to return for the special (hopefully). Even a curmudgeon like me can’t deny that this would be utterly amazing. One fun part of the Whovian community is the bickering over which Doctor is best. Everyone has a favorite, and I’d be excited to see how the fandom reacts to their Doctor being a part of an ensemble. I’m also looking forward to getting a glimpse of what Doctor Who was like before the 2005 relaunch. My exposure to early episodes has been limited, and I think a great starting off point for me and other fans who are looking to check out Who’s first forty years is to see which older Doctor strikes a chord with us. I’ll admit that I am most excited to salivate over David Tennant reprising his role as the 10th Doctor. That fix alone might be enough to get me through any amount of shenanigans Moffat might get up to.

Still, there are a couple of downsides to this news: one, that there is a possibility that the BBC might not be able to get all the actors to return (boooo) and two, that the new writers of the show won’t be able to capture the cadence of the former Doctors they haven’t written before. I sincerely hope that neither of these things occurs. As much as I want to strangle Moffat sometimes for some of the changes he’s made to Who, the man has always had style and grand vision. If he’s going to show it off anywhere, it’s going to be in this special, and it’s going to be awesome, especially if all former (living) Doctors are involved. The last time there were so many doctors on screen together was in 1983 for the twentieth anniversary special, so if you ask me, it’s about time for a reunion.

Now, on to the other speculations, rumors and otherwise!

The Special will be in 3D

Hmmm…this is an interesting one. I suppose as is the case with anything else that’s in 3D, I’m fine with it if it works. Of course, as is also the case with anything else in 3D, it almost always doesn’t. It won’t affect me too much since I have no capability to watch a television program in 3D, but it is notable that they have decided to tackle the challenge of filming a 3D episode. It seems to indicate a “go big or go home” attitude for the anniversary that I’m totally fine with.

The Special *might* be Live

The only place I’ve seen this around the internet are in some quotes from Matt Smith who, given, seems like a pretty credible source. I really have no comment on this, or much of a conception of what it would be like. I just thought you all should know!

Matt Smith will regenerate into the 12th Doctor

It would seem timely, would it not? Nevertheless, I think I would be rather disappointed to see him go at this point. I feel like Matt Smith hasn’t had much time to stretch his legs without the Ponds, and if he leaves so soon after their exit, I don’t think I’ll be satisfied that I ever really got to know him at all. I hope this one’s just a rumor.

There are other things planned for the anniversary besides the special

In a recent interview, Moffat has said: “Doctor Who–the 50th–is approaching us with various different things–a lot of different things going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one sixty-minute film, that’s complete nonsense.” WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?! More geeking out for sure, but besides that, it seems rather up in the air. Is Moffat referencing things we already know about–like the biopic about the early days of Doctor Who or the new series of tie-in short stories written by prominent authors? Or is it something new? Some have speculated that it might be a series of webisodes bridging the gap between the end of season 7 and the special. I think it’s unlikely that we’ll get extra actual episodes, so I’ll be interested to find out what Moffat is actually talking about here. You can watch the interview, in which the show-runner discusses all manner of things Who, for yourself here, and make up your own mind.

Russel T. Davies (maybe) to pen some Season 8 episodes

Okay, so this isn’t directly related to the anniversary special, but horah! This news comes from the same interview in which Moffat gives his cryptic hint about what will happen with the 50th anniversary special. He says that he would like to have Davies back, but makes no comment as to whether or not Davies has actually been approached. I really want this one to end up being true.

All in all, I’m generally very excited about the direction the 50th Anniversary seems to be taking. In fact, I’m way more excited about the Special than I am about Who’s return at the end of March. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations.

  • londonkds

    Don’t get too excited about the idea of every previous Doctor returning – you can’t believe any alleged spoiler you read in the UK tabloid press. Remember “Paterson Joseph to definitely be the 11th Doctor”, “Martha will be lost in time at the end of the third season and the fourth will be all about the Doctor’s search for her”, and “Ben Kingsley to play Davros”.

  • Jordan

    don’t worry about the 11th doctor regenerating in the 50th special, he’s been confirmed for season 8