Steven Moffat has come out to explain his reasoning to bring back the Zygons in the 50th anniversary special.
Moffat told Radio Times:
“Every year since I took over [Doctor Who] I’ve been trying to get the Zygons in and then I thought ‘Well, it’s the 50th…’
The Zygons are beautifully designed monsters, they are so wonderful… We barely changed the design at all because it was so good.”
He also added:
“Obviously the Daleks had to be there, the Daleks had to come to the party because they’re really scary and are part of the iconography of Doctor Who – possibly the central part – so we had to have them.
”And in a way it was fun to bring back Doctor Who’s biggest monster success ever, the Daleks, and then go to maybe the smallest monster success [the Zygons] – they were only in it once but everyone remembers them – great monsters, great outfits… and they have these nice whispery voices…”
Paul McGann may not be appearing in the 50th anniversary special, but he is still hopes that the Eighth Doctor will return to TV some day. While speaking about The Day of the Doctor, McGann told Flicks and the City:
“I was a bit dismayed because I always wanted to be in a 3D anything — even like Jaws 3D! I’d love to have been in any old rubbish. So I was bit gutted when I heard that’s what it was going to be like.
“There’s no McCoy… there’s no, you know… we’re not in it. Nor are we in the Christmas special let me tell you. I don’t think so anyway! Not unless they are going to shoot it next week.”
He also added:
“There’s all kind of rumours and counter-rumours and everything doing the rounds. One gets tired trying to refute things on Twitter and the like. Take it from me, I’m not in it.”
However, he does hope to return one day:
“The thing about Doctor Who of course is that if not now, then maybe some other time. That’s the beauty of it. We can always come back.”
McGann also commented on Peter Capaldi’s casting: “I think it’s in great hands… and hopefully he’ll swear like a trooper, like Malcolm Tucker!”
Watch the full interview below:
The count down continues to the November 23 premiere of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.” The BBC has released a special tribute to celebrate the series’ half-century milestone.
Head writer Steven Moffat has made another bold pubic statement saying that the The Day of the Doctor will change the course of Doctor Who as we know it.
During an interview with SFX (#241, out today), Moffat says:
“We’ve got to set the Doctor off in a brand new direction. It’s chapter two of his life. Now something happens to him that changes the way he thinks and the way he will adventure from now on. You can celebrate an anniversary in many ways – I think the most productive one within the narrative is to say “This is where the story really starts. This is where he finds his mission, he finds his destiny.”
Moffat also added:
“We’re not fibbing – this one is going to change the course of the series. And it’s very rare in Doctor Who that the story happens to the Doctor. It happens to people around him, and he helps out – he’s the hero figure who rides in and saves everybody from the story of the week. He is not the story of the week. In this, he is the story of the week. This is the day of the Doctor. This is his most important day. His most important moment. This is the one he’ll remember, whereas I often think the Doctor wanders back to his TARDIS and forgets all about it.”
Moffat also discussed the dynamic between the three [known] Doctors featured in the 50th:
“I wrote it as the friction version. When you’re talking to yourself there are no limitations, there’s no holding back. You wouldn’t be kind or courteous. At the same time, because they are two loveable, madcap, caffeinated Doctors, they’re also quite fanboyish about each other. They think it’s quite cool. They’re not broody, upset Doctors – it’s more “There’s two of us! Brilliant!” But that’s mostly in the playing, because they were having such a good time together that they brought that out. They get giggly with each other. It is, by lovely accident, a tremendous double-act. They’re naturally funny together. Enough alike and enough dissimilar. Matt said it was like Laurel and Laurel, as if Hardy didn’t show up – except he does in the form of John Hurt!”
“The weird thing is there’s never that much contrast between Doctors. The truth is it’s not wildly different how they’re written. I’ve written quite a lot for both of them, and you just have the voice in your head, very clearly. Where they are similar is funny, because they’re practically in unison, and where they are different is David is a cheeky, sexy, genuinely cool Doctor, up against a Doctor who thinks he’s sexy and cool but is woefully wrong on that subject! And that’s just naturally funny.”
Here are six high quality pictures from the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. These images feature Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman and Jemma Redgrave. These pictures had been released earlier but these are much better quality than before.
According to DoctorWhoTV:
Steven Moffat has given a little insight on why Christopher Eccleston turned down the chance to appear in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.
In an interview in SFX magazine (#241, out 16 October), Moffat says: “I had an initial contact with Chris [Eccleston] and, in a very amiable and gentlemanly way, he didn’t feel that he could come back to it.
He adds: “There wasn’t any big fuss about it – I had a couple of meetings with him, and he was perfectly pleasant, and indeed quite enthused about the show, but he just doesn’t do that, it’s just not him.”
It must be getting old really quick for Paul McGann to have to deny rumors about making an apperance in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, but it doesn’t help that the majority of these rumors come directly from his personal Twitter feed.
Last night, Whovian excitement was stirred up with a tweet from the McGann himself saying: “Spent forty minutes this pm having to imitate Matt Smith’s dramatic delivery in VO. You have been warned….”
However, he quickly followed up the tweet with an explanation: “I should explain. It was by way of an aural experiment to find out how similar we might sound. We didn’t. And he’s better looking too.”
McGann already denied involvement when asked directly: “No, I’m not in the 50th, though plenty of beautiful and talented people are.”
Guess we’ll have to wait 50 days until we know for sure…
It seems that there is a new unwritten Doctor Who rule: Steven Moffat doesn’t always tell fans the whole truth. The Doctor Who’s showrunner and head writer admitted to the public back in the summer: ‘how do you know what is and is not in the anniversary? I’ve been lying my arse off for months — you know nothing!’ That is what fans should remember as they consider the latest murmurs and whispers going around the internet.
We Whovians work ourselves into such a frenzy of fan hysteria, not only are we extremely susceptible to winding ourselves up but we over analyze everything that comes out about The Day of the Doctor with forensic precision.
So in comes Peter Davison, the 5th Doctor with his cricket bat and decorative vegetable, father to Georgia Moffett (The Doctor’s Daughter) and David Tennant’s father in law. Thirty years experience as the Doctor. Not only did he say he is involved in the 50th anniversary, and although not specifically saying he is in The Day of the Doctor, he admits he has his own copy of the script with his name on it and everything. He knows exactly which buttons to press to get the internet talking.
Last week, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy were photographed (with passerby’s saying that Colin Baker and John Barrowman was there as well) outside the BBC TV Centre protesting that more old Doctors be featured in the 50th Anniversary Special. What could they possibly be planning?
These ‘classic’ Doctors might have a larger role in The Day of the Doctor than they’re letting on. Paul McGann has expressed interest in reprising his role as the Doctor since he only appearance was in the 1996 movie (although he has a large canon of audio work as the Doctor).
The video below features Doctors 6, 7 and 8, and it seems that they are bit disappointed not to be in the 50th. McCoy seems annoyed, Baker jokes that he might not pass as the sixth Doctor anymore and McGann just plays it cool.
The Doctor Who universe is cluttered with loose ends. However there are a few particular things that Whovians would love to see clarified. YouTube has become littered with fan mock-ups of the regeneration between the 8th (McGann) and 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). It now seems that there is a transitional ‘Dark Doctor’ that John Hurt is playing but even so, many people would love to see the transition between McGann and Eccleston.
It does seem safe to assume that the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston is not involved. If he was then there would be no need for the substitute John Hurt fighting in what might possibly be the Time War.
One thing is for sure, that there will be additional surprises to come in the 50th anniversary show and it will be great to see more Doctors return, even if it’s just for a few fleeting moments, to ensure that The Day of the Doctor will truly be fantastic.