Sylvester McCoy Updates News On DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Return
The Seventh Doctor has recently talked about the British sci-fi show Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special, possibly confirming whether not only himself but also whether several other Doctors will reprise their role.
Sylvester McCoy, actor of the Seventh Doctor, has said that he has not been contacted by the BBC to take part in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.
Speaking with IGN whilst promoting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey DVD and Blu-ray release, the website asked McCoy whether he'd heard anything from Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat about appearing in the special.
The actor not only revealed to them that he would not be taking part, but also that three other Who leads have also not been asked to return.
"[I've heard] nothing. Niet. Zilch," McCoy commented.
"The other day I was with Tom Baker, Peter [Davison], and Colin [Baker] - the 20th century Who-ers - and Tom asked, 'Well, little man, have you heard anything?' and I told him, 'No, I haven't heard anything'. So none of us have heard anything."
Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor (1981-84), also recently played down a possible return to Doctor Who, suggesting that showrunner Steven Moffat has other plans for the anniversary than bringing back past Doctors.
"I've got a meeting with the head of BBC Wales... to go through various things the BBC have got planned. I don't think she's going to offer me a part in it... I might be wrong. I honestly don't know very much. I know that Steven Moffat will have something planned. I don't think it will involve the older Doctors, certainly in their present form, because of course we're meant to look exactly as we did when we left the TARDIS and none of us really do. I think we'll be featured somewhere but I should think it's probably footage lifted from older Doctor stories. I don't know [for sure]."
Although nothing to do with the actors, it has recently been announced that Doctor Who's Executive Producer Caroline Skinner is to depart the sci-fi drama. Skinner, who joined the show in 2011, will take up a new position at BBC Drama Production in London.
Skinner released the statement: "It has been an honour to have been a part of Doctor Who, and a privilege to have worked with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith on this extraordinary show. I have hugely enjoyed my time in BBC Wales and would like to thank [BBC Wales' Head of Drama] Faith Penhale, and our wonderful production team for their unending commitment and brilliance. I will miss them all enormously, but I'm leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway."
Skinner added that she is "delighted" with her new BBC Drama role and is looking forward to "the new opportunities and projects that [the position] will bring".
Faith Penhale will now serve as Doctor Who's executive producer for the show's 50th anniversary special alongside showrunner Steven Moffat.
McCoy (Seventh), Davison (Fifth), Tom Baker (Fourth), Colin Baker (Sixth) and Paul McGann (Eighth) although unlikely now to be involved in the special have previously confirmed that they will lend their voices to a Big Finish anniversary special, which is not connected to the current BBC series.
The 3D special will be directed by Nick Hurran ('Asylum of the Daleks', 'The Girl Who Waited') and a drama biopic exploring the early days of Doctor Who, written by Mark Gatiss.
The sci-fi drama will return to BBC One on Saturday, March 30 (same day for BBC America) with premiere episode 'The Bells of St John' written by showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock).
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