Things have been very hush on the Doctor Who set concerning events and revelations that are going to occur in season 6, starring Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor. People are wondering what the real secret is behind the Silents and the true identity of River Song. And what’s the full story behind the death of a certain character? But on IMDB.com, a potentially major event is hinted at via the cast listings.
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For the finale episode of Season 6, IMDB.com lists David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and Peter Davison (the 5th Doctor) among the cast. And each of them is listed as “The Doctor.”
During the Classic Series of Doctor Who, there were three broadcast adventures where time and space were so threatened that the Doctor had to team-up with earlier incarnations of himself. Doctors 2 and 3 met and worked together in “The Three Doctors”, aided by advice from the 1st Doctor. And in “The Five Doctors” TV Special (which actually aired in the US before it was broadcast in the UK), the first three Doctors joined the 5th incarnation for an adventure on Gallifrey, joined by many old companions.
This tradition has continued in the Big Finish audio plays. And Steven Moffat wrote a mini-episode for Children in Need charity entitled “Time Crash” wherein a malfunction in the Doctor’s ship allowed David Tennant’s Doctor to meet Peter Davison’s vegetable-wearing incarnation.
So is this what’s going to happen at the end of season 6? Or perhaps the Doctor will recall events of his past and we’ll see the 10th and 5th Doctor in flashback scenes. Is this building up to an even bigger team-up for the 50th anniversary in 2013? After all, “The Three Doctors” aired as a 10th anniversay special, “The Five Doctors” aired as a 20th anniversary special, and the audio play Zagreus (which teamed up the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Doctors) was released to the public on the 40th anniversary. If Tennant and Davison are showing up this season, can other old Doctors be far behind for the big celebration of 2013? Might we see Christopher Eccleston don his old leather jacket? Perhaps Paul McGann can finally have another on-screen appearance? Matt Smith’s adventures have indeed had recurring reminders of the previous incarnations.
Time will tell.