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Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

Guest contributor Aidan Gula wonders if there will be a special to mark the 10th anniversary of New Who in 2015.

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A brief history of the revival

Doctor Who first aired on 23rd November 1963 with William Hartnell playing the title character. The programme stayed on our screens until 1989 when it was cancelled. In 1996, the Americans tried bringing it back with a TV Movie starring Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor, but this movie was not very successful and nothing came from it. We all thought this was it for Doctor Who… BUT one man named Russell T. Davies decided to bring it back in 2005. Christopher Eccleston was cast as the Doctor and Billie Piper as his new companion.

Eccleston left the show after just one series, therefore a new Doctor was needed. David Tennant jumped onboard and stayed in the role until New Year’s Day 2010. As Tennant was such a massive success in the role, after his last episode, the BBC were thinking about cancelling the show again. Fortunately the show wasn’t axed (again) and Steven Moffat became the new showrunner after Davies left.

Along with the new showrunner, 2010 saw the brand new Doctor, Matt Smith, with his new companion, new TARDIS, new sonic screwdriver and new adventures. The show was given a whole new lease of life. I thought that in 2010 there would have been a five year anniversary of the revival series, but nothing. 2013 saw the award-winning and all round amazing 50th anniversary special. At the end of 2013, Matt Smith had his last adventure as the 11th Doctor before handing over the role to Peter Capaldi.

So will there be a special episode in 2015?

I ask this question because of what happened in 2010: there was no five year anniversary special. So why should there be a ten year one? Back in 1968 there was also no five year anniversary episode, but in 1973 there was a ten year anniversary special. The Three Doctors was the first anniversary episode. With this in mind, the absence of a five year episode is no real problem. I can see Moffat doing a ten year anniversary episode for Matt Smith, but mainly the fans. Although, as there was the 50th last year, the Doctor Who production team may be all anniversary’d out! So there is a 50/50 chance that there could be. I hope there is.

If there was a multi-Doctor special, which Doctors?

three-doctors-2005-smith-tennant-ecclestonChristopher Eccleston?

If a ten year anniversary special was confirmed, this would be the big question on everyone’s minds. He didn’t return for the 50th, but I think he could be persuaded by saying they are specifically celebrating the show’s revival with him being such a major part of that. I know that doesn’t sound very good but if you got a professional persuader, it could work.

David Tennant?

Now, as much as he is my favourite Doctor, I don’t think Tennant would return. He came back last year for The Day of the Doctor; so it wouldn’t be as special. Sorry 10th Doctor fans, but I don’t think he would.

Matt Smith?

Recently, Smith has had regrets about quitting the role and has said that he almost wished he had stayed for at least another series. He even asked Moffat about when is the earliest that he could return. So he’d be waiting for the phone call like a child waiting for a sweet shop to open!

Peter Capaldi?

There’s not much I can say about Peter, if he is still the Doctor in 2015 he will obviously be in it. But if he’s not, then that’s a different story.

John Hurt?

I bring Hurt into the question because he was hopeful for a return. However, I think his Doctor cannot be explored any more than he was in The Day of the Doctor. The War Doctor’s secret identity is now known meaning there is no more mystery to him. I suppose he could be brought back without the mystery but as we met the character nearing his regeneration, everything we would see would be pre-Day.

Would any companions return?

10th-doctor-era-companionsOne of the main parts of the show is the companions. Without them Doctor Who would be pretty boring. The Doctor’s chemistry with the companions is what keeps the viewer interested. If the Doctor just went around saving planets and battling monsters on his own, it wouldn’t be as interesting. Therefore, I think some companions or even just one should return.

Which companion – I don’t know, but in my opinion, not Rose. Simply because of the same reason as the 10th Doctor: we saw them return in Day. Seeing them return two years later wouldn’t be as special. So who then? Maybe Donna? Or Martha and Mickey, working for UNIT alongside Kate Stewart and Osgood? Or what if the TARDIS somehow takes the Doctor to where the Angels sent Amy and Rory? I’m not too keen on the character of Clara, so if she isn’t the Doctor’s current companion at the time, I wouldn’t be too fussed on a return for her.

What about the monsters?

pandorica-monster-mashWithout the monsters, Doctor Who wouldn’t be what it is. I only recently thought that the monsters in the 50th are all classic monsters; the Zygons and the Daleks. The 50th anniversary was a modern take on all the best bits of the classic series’ mixed with the new series. The tenth anniversary of the revival, I think, should only have the best bits of the revival series in it. All the best monsters should be included.

Now as controversial as this may sound, but the Daleks shouldn’t be included. They weren’t created in the last decade so by rights, they shouldn’t be in it. However, if the Cult of Skaro somehow returned, this would make a bit more sense. I strongly think that the Weeping Angels are overused, but if we don’t see them in Series 8, having them in the Tenth anniversary would be good. The Silence also could have a return, but I’m not sure what could be done with them now for the same reason as a return for the War Doctor.

Should it happen?

I think that a Tenth Anniversary episode should happen next year. It would be great. Hopefully Eccleston could be persuaded, and so could Catherine Tate.

My perfect combination would be as follows:

  • Ninth and Eleventh Doctors to return.
  • Donna to return also, but I’m not sure what could be done with her. Captain Jack Harkness could maybe return with more explanation of the Face of Boe.
  • I have a few monsters that I want to return, and a Tenth anniversary episode could bring some of them back. Monsters I want to come back are: The Slitheen, The Wire, Krillitane, The Weeping Angels (providing they have a strong storyline like in Blink), Vashta Nerada*

What do you think? Put your thoughts in the comments below.

*I really, really want the Vashta Nerada to return!

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tedhammond2010
tedhammond2010

Really don't see it happening. If Chris would not do the 50th, than I seriously doubt he would be back for anything. We have had our big anniversary episode, I say, let's move forward.

Christoph1337
Christoph1337

It all depends on whether Eccleston would be willing to return. If he is, a special would be an amazing idea. But if he isn't willing to return, there's no point. It wouldn't be a proper tribute to the revival without him. He was the Doctor who brought back the series, and if he's not willing to be in a 10th anniversary of NuWho special, there's no point in even having said special. As for the plot, I was thinking we could do something like Remembrance of the Daleks, but with "Rose": 11 and 12 go back to right after the War Doctor regenerates, and we get to see 9's first adventure, leading directly into the events of "Rose". 



Polyphase
Polyphase

I think it would be wrong to do it without Chris

BJAMES
BJAMES

If Eccleston was game, there might be. It was him, after all, "in the chair" so to speak, when the show returned. But his obvious desire to move forward and past Doctor Who, and any association with it, would, in my opinion, render it kind of pointless. Perhaps a documentary where Jane Tranter, Lorraine Heggessy, Mal Young, RTD, Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson, any behind the scenes people involved in its return would be the ticket.

JacobHaggerty
JacobHaggerty

I really think it'd be counter productive after what was achieved with "Night of the Doctor" last year. That one, 7 minute short brought new and old together ahead of the main event. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of a fantastic show last November. A similar event next year to mark 10 years of the revival era recreates that separation that has only recently been bridged. So I'm sorry, but I really don't think another anniversary is needed. 

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

Donna could return as a human elevating to a new form of life.  Maybe she is the start of the Time Lord race.  

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

There has been talk of  sequel to the five(ish) Doctors reboot.  Could be a good addition.

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

Bit of an odd article as it ignores known facts.  Ecclestone has pretty much made sure everyone knows he will not return to the role.  Tennant on the other hand has shown nothing but enthusiasm for returning to the point he replied it would be "Churlish"  not to return when asked about the 50th.  

nparker
nparker

Terrific article. I think I agree with these expertly posed opinions, although I think perhaps a subtle approach would be best. Perhaps someone other than Steven or Russell writing it if bigger? Instead someone who can see from a more distant perspective the hard work those two have done and celebrate it accordingly?

CyberSmith
CyberSmith

What about Jackson Lake (David Morrissey)?

CyberSmith
CyberSmith

It's definitely going to happen -a script with Russell T Davies and Steven Mofatt.


Got a good feeling Christopher Eccleston, John Hurt, David Tennant and Matt Smith are coming back.

thewastelanddoctor
thewastelanddoctor

I would love a 10th anniversary, but I don't see what could be done with Donna (although I would be delighted to see her back). She forgot, and she has to stay in the dark. they cant really do much else with that

ThatGuywiththeBowTie
ThatGuywiththeBowTie

I mean, Moffat said he had a huge cliffhanger for the next season. Maybe this has something to do with it?

JLS1138
JLS1138

I think it might be too much, too soon, but perhaps Series 10? 

B910
B910

Even if they do this revival anniversary they're probably gonna keep it as hush hush as possible so no spoilers can be leaked again.

The MasterDoctor
The MasterDoctor

Doctor Who was never actually canceled in 1989.  The brass at the BBC would never come right out and say that because they didn't want a repeat of the controversy which happened after the 1985 "resting" during Colin Baker's tenure.  The same BBC brass simply said something akin to, "We're going to look into new ways of producing the series, perhaps partnering with other production companies.  We want to make Doctor Who faster, better, stronger."  Etc., etc.  (Again, what I just wrote isn't an actual quote, it's just "basically" what the BBC were saying at the time.  But, no, the BBC never actually officially canceled Doctor Who.)


I myself am holding out for a 12 and 1/2 year anniversary special for the return of the show.

I just hope that whoever is in charge at that time doesn't decide to celebrate by coming up with "The Anti-War Doctor" or "The God Doctor" (an off-shoot of the 4th Doctor after he puts the Key To Time together and gets all "possessed") or something like that.  Or a Doctor derived from The Watcher, between 4's regeneration into 5.  (You know, it "turns out" that the Watcher actually got up before becoming Davison, and went and had a bunch of his own adventures without telling anyone, and eventually came back and then fully regenerated into the 5th Doctor.  And here he is now, helping celebrate by appearing for the first time ever in the 12 and 1/2 year anniversary special.  That would be sort of irritating.)

thribs1
thribs1

Why on earth would you want Donna?

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

"but in 1973 there was a ten year anniversary special. The Three Doctors was the first anniversary episode"


Eh... seriously? This is one of the most well known fan myths around. It doesn't take much effort to look at the broadcast dates and realise it is absolutely nowhere near the tenth anniversary. It was to celebrate the tenth series, not the tenth anniversary (and as a result was far closer to the 9th anniversary than the tenth).


There was absolutely no celebration in the show for the tenth anniversary. The last thing we need are more idiots telling Google they have the right start date.

sp1r1t3d0n3
sp1r1t3d0n3

I feel like a Multi-Doctor story would be perhaps stretching so relatively close to the 50th, but you could still honor that particular anniversary. A cool way I think you could handle that is to craft a story for the 12th Doctor that harkens back to the history of the revived series. Like say you have Adam Mitchell come back for revenge against the Doctor. Of course he's not exactly a big threat on his own, so you can have a bigger threat like Madam Kovarian and the remnants of the Silence pulling the strings. Then to add some urgency to whatever scheme their plotting you could bring back Jenny as a bargaining chip or tool to their plan. So right there you have a celebratory story that weaves three distinct dangling plot threads from the three preceding Doctors of this era into a new adventure for the current Doctor! It works on a bunch a levels. You'll have a slim number of returning characters, but ones that are kind of memorable even in their brief appearances. You'll have a returning revived series villain, instead of the usual Dalek and Cyberman requisite appearance.  And because of the low number of returning guests you can still have some cameos. For example perhaps the Doctor "lends" Adam to Captain Jack and Torchwood at the end of the story to atone for his transgressions, or UNIT brings Jenny into the fold as a favor to the Doctor to keep here out of harms way. You don't necessarily have to shoot for the moon to get a cool anniversary story.

JJ2000
JJ2000

I think it should be as follows: 

The Doctor - Peter Capaldi 

Companion - Jenna Coleman (or whoever it is at the time, I'm not particularly keen on Clara either) 

Monster/Villain - Slitheen or Weeping Angels and Silence (Silence have been underused, Weeping Angels, not too overused, still great), Ood would be good as well or Judoon as cameo and even Silurians as a nod to the classic era. Love the Vashta Nerada, too good to appear again.


Other Doctors - Matt Smith (Possibly, would be better for 60th though, 10 years later, fandom hype up) 

Other companions - Kate Stewart, Madame Vastra, Jenny, Strax, Captain Jack Harkness, TORCHWOOD team, Martha Jones and Mickey Smith. River Song (possibly).

I don't want the episode to let me down like the 50th did though and I think it should only be an hour and really, it should be in the last week (Saturday) of March. 


Whatever happens, I just hope it is good and it isn't too full, with too much happening, as it's only an anniversary of the revival, 10 years on and the 52nd anniversary. 

It also has to be a nod to each year. 

2005 - Captain Jack, Mickey, Slitheen, Autons

2006 - Mickey, Ood, K-9

2007 - Martha, Judoon, Weeping Angels, Captain Jack 

2008 - Martha, Mickey, Captain Jack, Ood, River Song, K-9, Judoon

2009 - Martha, Jack, Mickey (kind of 2010 actually lol)

2010 - 11, Weeping Angels, Judoon, River Song, Silurians 

2011 - 11, Silence, River Song, Vastra, Jenny, Strax, Silurians, Ood, 

2012 - 11, River Song, Weeping Angels, Paternoster Gang. 


You get the jist lol, I'm tired, so you must be from reading, once I've got going, I can't bloody well stop, haha. Might pen an episode as well whilst am at it haha lol.

















MetamorphmagusWho
MetamorphmagusWho

Well, the more Who the better. That being said I wouldn't mind either way, just so long as something would be done (for instance a returning companion, monster etc.), just something to reference the fact that it'll be the 10th year of New Who. Bloomin'oomas (I admit it sounds odd, it's an expression that appears to be better spoken than wrote) has it really been nearly 10 years since New Doctor Who first aired?

Merganman4
Merganman4

Personally, I would love to have some sort of celebration for New Who's 10th Anniversary. However, it shouldn't be a full-blown anniversary like the 50th. I think they should do something similar to the 20th Anniversary Season, with each story featuring an element from the shows past (in this case, the New Series past) with a multi-Doctor story for the finale. I would love for Chris and McGann to be in it. I'd be all for Tennant and Smith appearing too, but I wouldn't find it quite as excited due to them both having been on the show recently and they've both had their fair share of screen time. Both McGann and Eccleston had limited screentime (although when it came to Eccleston, it was his choice), so I would love to see more of them. And I know McGann isn't technically a New Series Doctor, because he came before the show's revival, however he did reappear in The Night of the Doctor and I think this would be a great opportunity for him to have more screen time! 

gavinbarsby
gavinbarsby

Gallifrey won't return straight away and the revival is celebrating its 10th year in 2015. It's pretty much nailed on.

The 14th Doctor
The 14th Doctor

They shouldn't do a full on anniversary special like Day. But they should possibly have the series 9 finale be the anniversary. For example they could have Tennant and Smith return. Eccleston too if your a magician and can actually convince him. And have the 3/4 save Gallifrey for good.

That way series 10 onwards has Gallifrey back, which can feature some interesting stories.

It also allows the Rani to other Time Lord Allies/Enemies to come back.

BrandonHawkes
BrandonHawkes

oh my god i can't wait for this i was 8 years old when doctor who came back to our screens 

Derooftrouser
Derooftrouser

No. The only anniversaries that are marked are from 23/11/63, the show's actual start date. Other production considerations don't figure. With Who's gigantic history, every year's a nice round anniversary of something. 
2005's only significance is the 10th anniversary of the ninth Doctor and Rose's first appearances. Chris won't want to do it, Billie's just been in it and no other Doctor has had an anniversary for their specific debut. We've just had a nostalgic anniversary year. Another one would dilute the impact.












Silurian53
Silurian53

The way I look at it is that Doctor Who has already had a 10th anniversary episode. It's called The Three Doctors. Last year we celebrated the 50th. So why go backwards by celebrating the 10th? If anything just have a new who monster in an episode as a nod to the 10 years and to go further have Eccelston return in a story. So you have the first new who doctor and the latest. That sounds good to me. There doesn't need to be any heavy advertisement. Just a cool little multi doctor story as a cool little nod towards it being 10 years since the first new series.

B910
B910

While everyone is talking about what monsters have already been come up with, we're ignoring what New Who actually is: A REVIVAL. Therefore it might make sense that for the anniversary they have none of the monsters that have appeared so far in any series of Who (even the Master) and just decide to have an entire tidal wave of new, confusing, exciting, and dangerous monsters. But then again, Who knows?

Answer:

WHO knows.



DrWhoBoy123
DrWhoBoy123

I agree with you about the slitheen returning. I loved them and it would be great if they were a bit modernized.


TheDreamer
TheDreamer

On the other hand, if series 1 hadn't been successful, we might not have had a 50th to celebrate at all... I don't think some form of acknowledgment would hurt anything. A minisode would work.

DanFellows
DanFellows

Ha ha it's not! McGann & Capaldi that's all

Christoph1337
Christoph1337

@ThatGuywiththeBowTie I doubt it; unless I'm very much mistaken he said it was for the PENULTIMATE episode of Series 9, meaning that unless the special doubles as the Series 9 finale, that's probably not what he was talking about. 

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

@The MasterDoctor It was so cancelled.  Just because they put gloss over it does not change the facts.  Once they closed the Doctor Office it was over.

nparker
nparker

@The_Eternal_Dalek No, the Three Doctors was a special, but rather than celebrating ten years as tv specials would nowadays, it was to commemorate the beginning of ten years, a remarkable achievement. So while it was not for the anniversary it was for the fact the show was having a tenth year. There was no need for a hostile 'seriously' and 'it doesn't take much effort.' 

Christoph1337
Christoph1337

@The 14th Doctor I always find it so ironic that so many people want the Rani back when two of her three TV appearances are so universally hated. It's just one of those quirks of the universe; it's like the Rani is cursed with bad episodes or something. (Not criticizing the Rani herself, just something funny.) 



CyberSmith
CyberSmith

@DanFellows Are you crazy Matt Smith told Steven Moffat that he wanted to come back as soon as possible.....

ThatGuywiththeBowTie
ThatGuywiththeBowTie

That's what I meant. If they do have a 10th anniversary special, it will probably be during season 9.

GrantCharvey
GrantCharvey

@davidbrummy @The MasterDoctor FYI the DW office was never actually closed, I worked at the BBC 1990-92 and the DW production office was just retasked to deal with the video releases and moved down the road to BBC Enterprises. So no gloss, no cancellation it was just moved to a different medium

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

@11thdoctorsmurf @thribs1 I would include him briefly, at least in the way I see it. In the story I have in mind, an evil villain is interfering with the Doctor's life. Capaldi goes unconcious, but manages to banish the villain, however, the villain goes back in time, but can't go further than the first meeting between Rose and the Ninth Doctor. He goes to Rose's apartement and kills her off before she and the Ninth Doctor meet. This results in Rose disappearing from Bad Wolf Bay where she was with the Meta-crisis Doctor. The meta-crisis Doctor discovers that something is not right and leaves the parallel world in order to find the real Doctor. Meanwhile, the villain also succeeds to change Amy Pond's behaviour which worries Eleven and Rory. Than both Meta-crisis and Eleven end up in Capaldi's timeline and hear what happened. They travel back in time and try to stop the villain from killing Rose, before the Autons attack Nine. At one point Eleven runs off to make a call, which seems not important to the rest of the story, however it is. Eleven calls Eight, who is in his TARDIS with Charley, and tells him to contact his previous selfs and make sure the lock their timeline, so that the evil villain can't interfere there. Eight says he will make sure it happens. Then of course, the only character left is the War Doctor, but Capaldi doesn't worry about it, as the Time War is locked away in a pocket universe. Now, combine all this with a few scenes where Clara is talking to Eleven, who does not recognize her, due to the fact that he's not yet travelling with her, which makes it emotionally difficult for Clara. NOW HOW'S THAT FOR A STORY?



Merganman4
Merganman4

I think it's difficult to categorize the 8th Doctor, as he appeared after the Classic Era concluded but before the New Series began. I like to think he could return for a New Who 10th Anniversary because he did appear in a New Who format with The Night of the Doctor, in an adventure of his own (not like Time Crash). He deserves more screen time, which he's made clear he'd totally be up for playing the Doctor again if the opportunity arose, and I don't see a reason why, at least nearing the end of his 8th life, he couldn't be considered as a part of New Who