Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Doctor Who exclusive: All 11 timelords to unite for mission

A one-off special of Doctor Who is set to bring all 11 incarnations of the Time Lord together for the first time.

The episode will see new Doctor Matt Smith, 26, make his debut, joining David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston and old favourites including Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy.

The 15-minute show, which starts filming in September, will be shown in November as part of BBC1’s Children in Need appeal.

The stars have waived their fees for the show, in which the 10th doctor, played by Tennant, gets some help from the others to carry out a mission.

The three deceased Time Lords – William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton – will be included by using images from their original shows, stretching from 1966 to 1974.

A source said: “This is a momentous episode for all Doctor Who fans. Never before have all the Doctors been in the same room, let alone in the same show.

“It’s been a logistical nightmare getting all the actors together and available for shooting on the same days.

“But the script has already been started and it’s classic Doctor Who – really witty and very sharp.

“Viewers will see the Time Lords regenerating and emerging one by one from the Tardis, each with their own quirky opening line.

“David Tennant is the central character in the episode. He’s trying to hunt down some special time travel apparatus.

“What he’s actually lost has not yet been decided, but the idea is for all the other Doctors to club together to help David find it.

“The actors who are no longer with us, William, Jon and Patrick, will make special cameo appearances, with footage from original shows being flashed up on screen.

“It’s a really exciting project – and all for a good cause.”

Rose Tyler, the Doctor’s assistant recently played by Billie Piper, is not thought to feature in the one-off BBC1 programme.

This is not the first Doctor Who special. Three years ago, Piper and Tennant filmed a show in Barcelona for Children in Need, while the first festive special aired on Christmas Day 2005.

Nor is it the first time all the Doctors have featured in a show – in 1983, the five Doctors to date were reunited for a Children in Need special called The Five Doctors. In 1993 the Children in Need special Dimensions in Time reunited Doctors three to seven.

A BBC spokesman said last night: “Nothing has been finalised yet, although there is discussion of a Children in Need Doctor Who special. It is too early to say what.”
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