|Away with you, Daleks|
This is not the first time that a Doctor Who movie has failed to get off the ground and in the past we've had such names linked to the role as Donald Sutherland and, believe it or not, Michael Jackson. Of course there were two movies made in the Sixties with Peter Cushing in the title role but these were remakes of TV adventures rather than an all new story. And of course there was that TV movie starring Paul McGann who would have made a great Doctor had he been given more time in the role, but alas that was not to be. Well ignoring the fact that the actor has played the role in a string of excellent audio adventures for Big Finish Productions.
Next year will see the show celebrating fifty years and what the BBC will do to mark the occasion is unknown. In past years we've had special shows such as in 1973 when the three actors to have played the role up to that point were brought together in a story to celebrate the tenth anniversary, and then a decade later the BBC gave us a story called The Five Doctors to celebrate the Twentieth anniversary. Will we see a story featuring all eleven Doctors? Of course the first three actors to have played the role are all dead, but then first doctor, William Hartnell had passed away years before, The Five Doctors and the role was recast. Though this would be unlikely as recasting the first three Doctors would be controversial and quite probably impossible. Could CGI, we wonder, be the answer? There is also the possibility that the BBC could place the current Doctor in a multiple Masters storyline.
Fifty Years would be the optimum time to release a big screen movie but that's not going to happen, as the movie would need to have been well into filming by now if it were to make the anniversary. And all the BBC have confirmed is that they will be revamping the DVD range and reissuing the Doctor Who DVD's in all new packaging, though they are promising that 2013, anniversary year, will be an especially strong year for Doctor Who.
|Me in Doctor Who episode, Daleks in Manhatten|
|Will we have The Multiple Masters?|
Er, Tom's not dead, mind!
Though he may be a little portly to reprise the role!
|Art Lee Sullivan - http://www.leesullivanart.co.uk|
One thing is certain and that is that there will be a massive amount of interest in Doctor Who for next year's anniversary and it would be unbelievable if the tight lipped BBC didn't have some kind of special show planned. Will we see The Eleven Doctors then? Well, with CGI and clever casting it's not totally unthinkable.
What, we wonder, do the BBC have up their sleeves to mark this milestone? It's going to be interesting finding out.
COMING TO THE ARCHIVE - To celebrate the time lord turning 50 we have a Doctor Who Weekend in the pipeline which will include interviews, features and all sorts of nonsense as we post fifty Doctor Who related posts over the weekend. Be here.