Peter Davison on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary: “I don’t think it will involve the older Doctors”

But the Fifth Doctor assures fans "We’re going to get into the 50th anniversary special whether we’re invited or not!"


Fifth Doctor Peter Davison doesn’t believe that Doctor Who’s former stars will return to the BBC sci-fi drama for its celebratory 50th anniversary episode.


“I don’t think it will involve the older Doctors, certainly in their present form, because of course we’re meant to look exactly as we did when we left the TARDIS and none of us really do,” Davison told an audience at the recent Mysticon convention in America.

“Some of us are not here anymore and others of us have weathered less well than others. I don’t know where I’d put myself in that category. I’m not going to make that decision.”

Davison said that, while he believes the Doctor’s previous incarnations will be seen in the anniversary show, “I should think it’s probably footage lifted from older Doctor [Who] stories.”

But the 61-year-old was adamant that he and his fellow Doctor Who veterans would not be left out of the celebrations and joked that, if the BBC won’t have them, the other Doctors will stage their own anniversary event.

“I decided that if we weren’t going to be involved that I would get together with Colin [Baker] and Sylvester [McCoy] and make our own little special,” he said. “We’re going to get into the 50th anniversary special whether we’re invited or not!”

Though by the sounds of things, Davison has been ‘invited’ in some capacity. At the convention, Davison admitted that he’s got a meeting with one of Doctor Who’s senior executives lined up for later this year.

“I’ve got a meeting with the head of BBC Wales when I get back to go through various things the BBC have got planned,” he said. “I don’t think she’s going to offer me a part in it… I might be wrong.”

Davison last reprised the role of the Fifth Doctor on TV for a Comic Relief mini-episode of Doctor Who broadcast in 2007, in which he met up with his future son-in-law David Tennant. Watch the episode below: