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Tennant and Piper Return to Doctor Who


By Robert T. Trate     March 30, 2013
Source: BBC

With the return of Doctor Who this weekend, Whovians can expect an added surprise or two. The BBC has announced that the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, and his long time companion, Billie Piper, will return for the 50th Anniversary. Check out the official press release below for all the details!

Official Press Release: Ahead of tonight’s premiere, Doctor Who revealed some of the all-star cast that will mark the 50th anniversary.  David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien, Harry Potter) will also co-star.

Last seen as the Doctor on January 1, 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor.  During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials.  He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, The Parting of the Ways.

Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, The End of Time in 2010.

Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations.  Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran.

Filming for the 50th anniversary begins this week in the UK.  Meanwhile, Doctor Who returns to BBC America tonight, March 30, 8:00pm ET/PT with eight epic episodes, which officially introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.  Doctor Who will be immediately followed by the world-premiere of new original series Orphan Black at 9:00pm ET/PT and Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist at 10:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday.

All-new special, Doctor Who: The Companions, premieres Sunday, March 31, 7:00pm ET/PT. As the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, steps into the TARDIS, take a look back at previous companions that have won over the Doctor’s heart in Doctor Who: The Companions.  Along the way, companions old and new talk about how the show has changed their lives, and how they've never quite managed to leave the TARDIS behind. Matt Smith and David Tennant are joined by fellow contributors including John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Arthur Darvill (Rory) and Noel Clarke (Mickey).

Additionally, David Tennant’s two-part special Spies of Warsaw premieres on Wednesday, April 3, 9:00pm ET as part of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville programming block. Adapted by renowned Emmy®-winning writing team Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Across the Universe, Tracey Takes On…) and executive produced by Richard Fell (Outcasts), Spies of Warsaw is based on The New York Times Bestselling author Alan Furst’s acclaimed novel. David Tennant and Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey, Black Swan, Entourage) star in the thrilling spy story set in Poland, Paris and London in the years leading up to the Second World War.


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LadyBrowncoat 3/30/2013 7:56:56 AM

 Can't wait!

Wyldstaar 3/30/2013 10:21:53 AM

Not at all surprising to hear, but good to have an official confirmation just the same.  Now the question is, will this be a past version of The Doctor and Rose, or will this be the mortal man version of The Doctor alongside Rose from Pete's World?

RobertTrate 3/30/2013 10:50:42 AM

 I'm guessing the Mortal Version, more at stake f he is human. 

wrrlykam 3/30/2013 1:31:54 PM

Rob, That universe was locked. SO more likely it wlll be like "The Three Doctoes", "The Five Doctors" or "The Two Doctors" classic special stories where the several different Docs were drawn through time to fight a super bad monster/villain.  Then again the could all be in separate events but linked to one story. Then again you could well be correct Rob.

Wyldstaar 3/30/2013 2:01:03 PM

Wrrlykam, how many times has the Pete's World universe been "locked" at this point?  At least twice that I know of off the top of my head.  When it comes to other universes, there is always an out.  Back during the classic era of Doctor Who there were several stories revolving around CVEs (charged vacuum emboitments) which were basically wormholes to other universes.  The CVE leading to the universe known as E-Space was stabilized to the point where it could never be closed again.  It is likely that still more exist, since their purpose is to prevent the entropic death of our universe.  The Time Lords were still around back then, and they tended to frown upon the end of the universe in those days.

InnerSanctum 3/30/2013 3:21:49 PM

 The downside for Matt is that Tennant is so superior to him as the Doctor that it might be a distraction.  People could say..."Oh, we have been giving this wanker a pass from all the good will generated by brilliant number 10.  Can he reginerate back into a previous Doctor?"    

This is the first time I actually was ready for a Doctor to say goodbye...and take his bloody bow tie with him.  

wrrlykam 3/31/2013 9:08:49 AM

Wyldstaar, as I said Rob could still be right. I think the main 'lock' is that RTD left and that universe was his era baby. Moff hasn't touched any RTD's stuff since TEOT. He seems to have made a near clean break from it.

redhairs99 3/31/2013 12:23:12 PM

 Great news, especially since Tennant was previously stating that no one had contacted him about it as well as Martha and Capt. Jack confirming via twit-space that they would not be in the 50th anniversary special.

GothicStorm 4/1/2013 12:33:25 AM

Am I the only one here who noticed a connection when the Doctor asked Clara who gave her the phone number that Clara replied, "Oh, the lady down at the shop gave it to me."

Rose mentioned in a past episodem, "I'm back working at the shop."

Coincidence? Hmm...by the looks of this announcement, I think not!

wrrlykam 4/1/2013 2:49:49 AM

Interesting thought there GothicStorm. Has the outside phone ever been used since it rang in the Moffatt stories Empty Child and The Doctor Dances?

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