Doctor Who: A Breakdown on the Odds of Each Doctor Returning for the 50th
It's practically here! The long awaited 50th anniversary celebration of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor", is just hours away, and geeks all across the globe are holding their breaths as we await to see exactly how you mark the half-century mark on a show like Doctor Who.
One of the traditions of big anniversaries is having old Doctors return to help the current incarnation battle larger threats than he can handle himself. These have been of rather dubious quality in the past, but fans love the chance to see their favorites one-screen one more time.
Rumors of everything from a return of every incarnation to none but Eleven appearing in the episode have swarmed since last year. Eventually, it was revealed that David Tennant would reprise his role as the Tenth Doctor, but with virtually all the possible evidence in, today I rank the odds of each other Doctor returning.
Note: When I say "returning" I mean contribution something new to the episode, not just old footage sandwiched in. Technically, every Doctor returned this year in "The Name of the Doctor", but we're looking for more than that.
First Doctor (5 to 4 odds): Why on Earth would I give the least likely Doctor to return (William Hartnell being long dead and all) such a high likelihood of appearing one more time? It's simple, William Bradley has already been cast as Hartnell Though I can't wait to see the biopic for its own merits, do you really think that the producers would go to all that trouble to find the perfect First Doctor, rebuild his Tardis, and then not allow him a moment back in the spotlight for the proper special.
Second Doctor (1 to 4 odds): Nobody's really been talking about it, but the Second Doctor has also been recast for An Adventure in Space and Time. Reece Shearsmith will appear as Patrick Troughton, but I don't hold the same hope for him filling in for Two as I do Bradley as the First. Still, it would be very appropriate, as the Second Doctor appeared in more classic multi-Doctor episodes than any other, and I'm sure Matt Smith would love to enlist his personal favorite incarnation as well.
Third Doctor (1 to 10 odds): The longest shot of the bunch is easily the Third Doctor. First, Jon Pertwee is sadly no longer with us, and if someone was being searched for to replace him we probably would have heard about it. Mix that with the fact that the Third Doctor's style of show was so markedly different than any other version and any attempt to return Three to life would more than likely seem awkward. With the Brigadier, Sarah Jane, and Roger Delgado all passed on, it's probable that the time of the Third Doctor is really at an end.
Fourth Doctor (8 to 1 odds): There is no more universally beloved classic Doctor than Tom Baker, and even among fans who primarily associate with the new show alone he remains extremely well-regarded. He is also the oldest surviving Doctor, and aside from Colin Baker the least able to resemble his on-screen persona. Regardless, according to Huffington Post Baker has confirmed involvement in some new form. It was always unlikely that the show wouldn't offer Baker one last chance while we still have him. The only question is how.
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