Doctor Who: Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann confirm anniversary special non-involvement

Shooting on the 50th special is currently under way in Britain - but the three actors are 10,000 miles away, in Australia

Former Doctor Who stars Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann have revealed that they definitely won’t be appearing in the BBC sci-fi drama’s upcoming 50th anniversary episode, largely because they’re currently in the wrong hemisphere.


The anniversary special is being filmed in this country as we speak, but seeing as the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors are all in Australia attending sci-fi conventions at the moment, they won’t be able to take part.

The three actors appeared today on the Australian chat-show Mornings and, during a discussion about Doctor Who, put paid to the idea that they might yet appear in the anniversary episode.

“They’re actually making it now,” said Baker. “So the likelihood is, as we’re sitting here with you, that [we won’t be doing it].”

Mornings host David Campbell responded to Baker’s revelation, saying “that’s sad – I think everyone should be involved,” which prompted McCoy to comment: “All the fanbases all over the world believe that, but not the producers at the BBC.”

But Baker brought the chat back into cheerier territory when he compared his current physical form with the way he looked in Doctor Who in the early 1980s.

He said: “You can see why they’re not using [me], because I look nothing like what I looked like originally. So the viewers would be very confused.”

While you won’t see Baker, McCoy or McGann in the episode, read our thoughts on what might take place in the anniversary special here.


Watch the three Doctors’ Mornings interview below: