The latest rumor, which has been making the rounds for a couple weeks but is picking up steam, is that the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who will in fact not only include all the living Doctors – including Christopher Eccleston, who has vehemently denied he will ever have anything to do with Doctor Who any more – but all three of the deceased actors, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, through flashback sequences and possibly some creative trickery.
The Birmingham Mail is reporting that showrunner Steven Moffat is close to completing the script to feature all eleven Doctors. However, Moffat won’t confirm anything, and if anyone else is already signed on, they are sworn to a level of secrecy that I believe involves being sent back to the hellish version of Gallifrey in the time lock, forever fighting the Time War. Many signs do at least point to David Tennant being involved.
History would dictate that the episode will be called “The Eleven Doctors”, given the three times in the past that multiple Doctors have been involved in a single episode that didn’t involved regeneration: “The Three Doctors” for the 10th anniversary in 1972/1973, “The Five Doctors” for the 20th anniversary in 1983, and “The Two Doctors” in 1985. I’m not counting the “Timecrash” mini-episode which was a Children In Need special featuring David Tennant and Peter Davison.
But who knows what David Moffat has in store…