With speculation still rife over the content of this year’s 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, show runner Steven Moffat gas come out to categorically rule out the return of all 11 Doctors, saying that a “traditional massive reunion” was not going to happen.
Ever since the celebratory episode was announced, rumours began circulating that to mark the landmark occasion Moffat was planning on bringing back all 11 Doctors.
Shortly after the announcement the 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston was reported as having been approached to take part, but had to decline the offer due to other work commitments.
Then current Time Lord Matt Smith was spotted filming on location with his predecessor, 10th Doctor David Tennant, along with their respective companions Jenna-Louise Coleman and Billie Piper, with show sources claiming that they were the only returning faces to the hit BBC sci-fi show.
However, as we reported earlier this week many have begun to believe that the original suggestion that all 11 Doctors would appear may in fact be true after all after the BBC released a cryptic video centred around the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.
But it would seem that this speculation is unfounded as Moffat has revealed to EW Magazine that to bring back all 11 former Time Lords would be impossible – because three of them are dead.
Moffat said to the publication:
“You’ll have to watch, won’t you? People say, “Are you going to do the 11 Doctors?” We can’t do 11 Doctors! Three of them are dead!
“What we’re not doing is the traditional massive reunion. It’s a different kind of anniversary, and the spine of that is David and Matt.”
What we do know the episode, which is due to be shown this November, is that as well as Tennant and Piper other guest stars include Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page, who many believe will be playing the role of Queen Elizabeth I.