When we heard Billie Piper and David Tennant were returning to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary special, we were excited — some might say uncontrollably ecstatic — but after watching “The Day of the Doctor,” we were a little disappointed. Although everyone assumed Piper would play her iconic character, Rose Tyler she didn’t; Piper played the consciousness of the world-ending device the Doctor planned to use to end the Time War. Although the device’s consciousness recognizes it is the face of Rose Tyler, it’s not actually Rose Tyler. We don’t know about anyone else, but we feel a little cheated.
Half of our excitement for “The Day of the Doctor” was based on getting to see Rose Tyler meet the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) or finding out what happened to Rose after she went off with TenToo, the non-Time Lord clone of Tennant’s Doctor. But we didn’t get any of that! Piper only interacted with John Hurt’s War Doctor, and then it wasn’t even as the Rose we fell in love with.
On the bright side, some might say the lack of Rose was a good thing since some fans were wary of how Doctor Who showrunner and writer Stephen Moffat would treat our favorite companion. Since he’s called her a “needy girlfriend,” maybe it’s for the best that he decided not to touch the actual perfection that is Rose Tyler.
However, all of that being said, we still expected to see Rose and when we didn’t get Rose, we were sad. Our only chance to see Rose again was snatched away. (Maybe we’re getting a little carried away.) We’ll have to take comfort in the fact that at least we got to see the Tenth Doctor again.
It's been almost four years since he last donned the Tenth Doctor's tight pinstripes, but David Tennant didn't miss a beat when he returned to Doctor Who in the 50th Anniversary special. Every actor who's played the face-changing Time Lord has left a legacy on the series, but there's no denying that Tennant is a fan favorite. From classic catchphrases to bro-ing out with Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, here are our favorite David moments from "Day of the Doctor."
1. So much for the "Virgin Queen."
And we finally know why Elizabeth I is so upset with the Doctor in their subsequent run-ins. He married her, told her he'd "be right back," and then took off in the TARDIS. We love you, Ten, but we've got to side with the Queen on this one.
2. Experimenting with new fashions.
David Tennant puts on fez; entire fandom collectively breathes into paper bag.
3. Charming Clara
Ten obviously approves of Eleven's taste in companions, and he can't resist laying on a little game.
4. Breaking our hearts all over again
Because it wouldn't be Doctor Who without a little pain and suffering, the script had Tennant repeating his famous final line. Also, an honorable mention for his gut-wrenching reaction when he heard the words "bad wolf."
5. Being adorable with Matt Smith
The entire 50th could have been just Ten and Eleven making fun of each other and we would have been more than okay with it.
Well that was a game-changer, huh? This weekend, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special finally arrived, feeling like an appropriate full-stop on this new era of Doctor Who that started up seven seasons ago under the tutelage of Russell T. Davies. It might be even crazy and timey-wimey enough to see this as a sort-of soft reboot of the entire Nu-Who series. Not only does the Doctor has a new mission, but the series itself feels like it's heading in a whole new direction. One of the benefits of being what is essentially a walking, talking, and sonic screwdrivering Deus Ex Machina in a box is that words like continuity and contrivance are mere suggestions rather than steadfast rules that the Doctor or his series have to abide by. As such, showrunner Steven Moffat has improbably laid out a new path for the series by erasing the biggest and most important chunk of its past in a deft move of time bending and retconning that would only feel right in the world of Doctor Who.
Modern Doctor Who was born out of the fabled Time War, an event that until now was never featured on screen, but informed much of the series and the last few regernerations of the Doctor. From the beginning, we only knew that The Doctor killed all of the Time Lords and the Daleks to save the universe. This act of genocide simultaneously made him the universe's savior and it's most prolific murderer. These actions not only started the new series, but deeply infromed the characterization of the Ninth Doctor, who was racked with guilt and anger at his choice that he felt was a necessary gambit to save everything.
That guilt has filtered though each incarnation of the Doctor, manifesting in different ways in each new personality. Now, with the 50th anniversary, The War Doctor and two of his future regenerations come together to find a way to save Gallifrey, while also stopping the Time War. With this act, the very foundations on which the series was built have warped into something completely different. The guilt that has made the Doctor who he is for so long is now a false memory. The episode finishes with the Doctor focused on a new mission, to find the still living Gallifrey that he flung somewhere into the depths of space and time. Now the Doctor has a new quest and a new regeneration in the near future (Matt Smith's last episode in his tenure as the Eleventh Doctor is the upcoming Christmas special), it's almost as if the show has found a second life while the Doctor morphs into his Thirteenth.
BBC bosses have scored a mention in the Guinness World Record books after Doctor Who fans in almost 100 countries tuned in for the 50th anniversary special this weekend (23-24Nov13). The highly-anticipated episode, in which current Time Lord Matt Smith united onscreen with previous Doctors David Tennant and Tom Baker, and former star Billie Piper, was broadcast in the U.K. on Saturday night (23Nov13), attracting more than 10 million viewers alone.
It was simultaneously aired in 94 countries around the world so fans could all follow the story 'live', and millions more are estimated to have tuned in.
The one-off anniversary episode, titled The Day of the Doctors, also featured veteran actor John Hurt, and producers thrilled fans by including the Doctor's iconic enemies the Daleks and the Zygons.
It was screened at more than 1,500 cinemas and on TV networks around the world, earning the event the Guinness World Record for "the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama".
In a vote by Britain's RadioTimes.com, David Tennant one the honor of the most popular doctor, capturing 56% of the vote. His long-time companion Rose (Billie Piper) was fittingly voted the best companion.
This vote suggests a nostalgia for a Doctor Who that was not so long ago. Tennant was the Doctor from 2005 to 2010, and he preceded an era in which the sci-fi show has wavered. Under Steven Moffat's writing, Matt Smith's doctor, and the memorable companionship of Rory and Amy Pond, Doctor Who has had some great moments, but its most recent episodes have been among the show's weakest. Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), the current companion, only managed a ninth place finish, and the last season has seemed to be a long string of unremarkable and uncohesive episodes. Perhaps, as RadioTimes.com editor Tim Glandfield said, the appearance of Tennant and Piper in the 50th anniversary special is a much needed return.
"It's clear from the results of our poll that they define a golden era of Doctor Who and helped introduce a whole new generation to the show - how fitting that they'll be reunited next week for the 50th anniversary special."
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special is just days from hitting our eyeballs. And, with five decades of history to mine, it has the potential to bring back dozens of familiar faces (or voices). It won't be a shock to see Billie Piper, whose involvement was announced months ago and has figured prominently in the excitement-building PR campaign. Piper is heavily responsible for the success of the modern series, as new audiences were introduced to the traveling Time Lord and the TARDIS through the eyes of shopgirl Rose Tyler back in 2005. Based on the cryptic trailers for the special, fans have begun to wonder if Piper is even playing the Rose we know and love in this new story. For the sake of this list, we'll assume that she is, though we fully understand how futile it is to try to predict Doctor Who. Right or wrong, here are five reasons to rejoice over the return of Rose Tyler:
1. It's Rose freakin' Tyler.Every Whovian has a favorite companion, but there's no denying the role that Rose Tyler played in grounding the modern series. She was the perfect doorway into this bizarre world for newbies, a normal girl who possessed huge stores of bravery and compassion.
2. We can catch up with Rose and TenToo.When last we saw Rose, she was sucking face on a beach with her half-human clone Doctor. What have they been up to over in the alternate universe? Is it kids and game nights and bagged lunches, or have they kept on running and getting into trouble? Bets on the latter.
3. It's time for Rose to meet Eleven.She's known two of his faces already; we've been craving a meeting between Rose and Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor. And considering he's the same man who gave up the love of his life for her own sake, we expect some good old fashioned angst.
4. She'll huff and puff and blow your house down.Remember when Rose absorbed the time vortex and disintegrated the Daleks and saved the Doctor and made Jack Harkness immortal without even knowing it? That was awesome. There's a moment in the 50th trailer where her eyes glow like Bad Wolf Rose, so fingers crossed we'll see this badassery again.
5. David Tennant and Billie Piper, you guys.Chemistry like this can't be manufactured, folks. And we really had so few episodes with the perfect pairing of Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor. It will do hearts good to see these two together again.
And one reason to fear it.
1. Steven MoffatWhile her creator Russell T. Davies had great affection for Rose Tyler, the current showrunner has gone on record calling the companion a "needy girlfriend." Do we really want our beloved Rose in those hands? Be kind to her, Steven. Or at least fair.
Former Doctor Who star Tom Baker has risked the wrath of TV bosses by confirming rumours he is set to return to the sci-fi show for the highly-anticipated 50th anniversary special. The Day Of The Doctor episode will mark 50 years since the cult sci-fi show first hit the small screen and it will feature the final appearance of outgoing Time Lord Matt Smith and the introduction of his replacement, Peter Capaldi.
Former Doctor David Tennant will also make an appearance, and now Baker has revealed he is also set to return to the show.
He tells Huffingtonpost.com, "I am in the special. 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 (sic)."
Baker calls his return to the franchise "the high spot" of his career and the "loveliest professional experience" of his life.
BBC bosses behind the TV special have gone to great lengths to keep the plot secret, and a representative for the corporation refused to confirm or deny Baker's return, saying, "Anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain."
Baker was the fourth Doctor Who and played the role from 1974 to 1981.
The Day Of The Doctor airs in the U.K. on 23 November (13) and it will be broadcast in 76 other countries simultaneously to avoid plot leaks. It will also be beamed straight into cinemas in a number of countries.
While everyone is gearing up for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor,” a battle rages between the fans of the television series and it revolves around one simple question: who is the best Doctor? Since the show was rebooted in 2005, there have been three doctors: Nine, Ten, and Eleven. But there is no consensus as to which regeneration of the iconic British character is the best, and that’s okay because, to us, they’re all fantastic.
Christopher Eccleston as Nine
Although he was only in Doctor Who for a single season, Eccleston shined as the Doctor. However, many people skip Nine and go straight to Ten because Ten is extremely popular. (Don’t skip Nine, skipping Nine is for squares.)
David Tennant as Ten
When most people talk about the newer version of Doctor Who, most associate the show with Tennant’s regeneration as the Tenth Doctor. He stuck around the show from 2005 all the way through 2010. He is the favored Doctor and fans all around the globe — us included — are happy he’s back in his striped suit for the anniversary special.
Matt Smith as Eleven
The newest and youngest version of the Doctor is also a fan favorite. From his love of bowties and fezzes (bowties are cool!) to his description of himself as a madman with a box, what’s not to love about Eleven? We’ll be sad to see him go when the Doctor regenerates once again in the Christmas special this year, but we’re happy to welcome Peter Capaldi to the Doctor Who family.
Scottish actor David Tennant is to remake his hit U.K. crime drama Broadchurch for American audiences with Anna Gunn as his new co-star. The former Doctor Who star won critical acclaim for his role as a detective in the murder mystery opposite Olivia Colman as his onscreen police sidekick, and now he is to return in a new version of the show with Breaking Bad actress Gunn.
Broadchurch will become Gracepoint in the American adaptation for the Fox network, and the series will also star Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the role originally played by Pauline Quirke in the U.K. show.
Gracepoint will begin filming in January (14).
First-time director Paul Wright is celebrating after his gritty drama For Those In Peril scored a double win at the 2013 BAFTA Scotland awards on Sunday (17Nov13). The movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, picked up two of the four prizes it was nominated for - Best Film and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its leading star, George MacKay.
Meanwhile, Peter Mullan claimed the Best Actor/Actress TV honour for his role in gangster drama The Fear, and funnyman Brian Limond emerged victorious in the Best Comedy/Entertainment Programme category for Limmy's Show.
Meanwhile, veteran One Foot in the Grave star Richard Wilson, who was born in Greenock, Scotland, was presented with an accolade for his outstanding contribution to TV and film by former Dr. Who star David Tennant.
The ceremony, which took place in Glasgow, celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment and talent.