A Doctor Who 50th?
Could it be or is it just in my head at this point? It’s never too early to begin planning as to how to commemorate a significant event in history. In the case of Doctor Who, 23 November, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the original broadcast of the Traveling Time Lord on the BBC. If left up to Sylvester McCoy, who played the seventh Doctor from 1987-1989, plans would already be underway and he’d be an integral part of the program. Already written in his head, McCoy has said that fans of the longest-running British sci-fi series would be extremely interested in a multi-Doctor program featuring all living Doctors. Early-day Doctors that are no longer living could be brought back using computer technology.
There is a history here with The Three Doctors, which premiered in 1972 and starred the first three Doctors, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.
Doctor Who almost a Traveling Time Lady?
The BBC revealed, recently, that there was discussions in the 1980’s that something needed to be done to light a fire under the British sci-fi series, Doctor Who, to boost sagging ratings. Sydney Newman, who originally created the series in the early 1960’s, was called in to “advise”. According to Newman, the only way the series, which was briefly taken off the air in the 80’s, urged the controller to temporarily reintroduce Patrick Troughton, a former Time Lord, to steady the TARDIS. A recent Doctor Who documentary revealed that Newman wrote: “At a later stage Doctor Who should be metamorphosed into a woman.” Of course, Newman would have to direct (for a fee) and then be involved with the production beginning to end to ensure it was done correctly. Imagine that.
Evidently, ideas, good or bad, come full circle if you wait long enough. I can’t verify this, but I do remember reading somewhere that Catherine Tate was actually considered recently as a ‘Doctor’ replacement recently. Anyone remember this mentioned while back?