THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR Adds One More Doctor
By Dan Casey on November 19, 2013
Sometimes there can be too many cooks in the kitchen, but when it comes to Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”, we say the more, the merrier. According to The Huffington Post‘s Aaron Sagers, viewers will have one more reason to be excited this Saturday, as another member of Whovian history will be appearing alongside the already confirmed Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, and Paul McGann. Who could it be? (Stop reading now if you don’t want any spoilers.) Well, I’m glad you asked, because it’s none other than…
…Tom Baker! That’s right, the scarfed one rides again. Was it everything you’d hoped it would be and more?
In an interview with Huffington Post, Baker was surprisingly candid about his involvement. “I am in the special,” he said. “I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody, but I’m telling you straightaway.” Right cheeky of you, Doctor, but we’re glad you told us nonetheless.
Also known as the Fourth Doctor, Baker has often been cited as the best version of the eponymous character since the show premiered on November 23, 1963, although I’m sure Tumblr would have something to say about that. Apart from Paul McGann, he is the only classic Who actor confirmed to be returning for the special, although this does beg the question of whether or not we could expect to see Christopher Eccleston, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, or Sylvester McCoy make guest appearances. The BBC has repeatedly denied any such rumors, and their only statement has been this: “As with William Hartnell’s recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain.”
In regards to the specifics of his appearance, Baker was spotty, only noting that the circumstances around his character’s appearance were “extraordinary.” He also added that “it worked out very well, I think, judging by the reactions of the technicians.” You’ll be able to judge for yourself this Saturday once “The Day of the Doctor” airs at 2:50 PM ET. Don’t forget to tune early to catch our Doctor Who live pre-show, either!
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