Doctor Who 50th anniversary special: former Doctor drops major spoiler

Spoilers: The actor shares a surprise that could have further implications for The Day of the Doctor

Former Doctor Tom Baker appears to have gone rogue, dropping a huge spoiler about this Saturday’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. 



After being asked countless times whether the fourth Doctor is in the episode, it looks like the man himself has cracked and confirmed to an interviewer, “I am in the special. I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I’m telling you straightaway.”

What would River Song say, eh? 

Baker went on to call his appearance, “extraordinary,” before suggesting that his cameo may use CGI trickery to show him in his younger years as the Time Lord, rather than as his current 79-year-old self. And a subsequent response from the BBC could back up that idea. 

“It worked out very well, I think, judging by the reactions of the technicians,” Baker told The Huffington Post, with a BBC representative responding: “As with William Hartnell’s recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain.”

First Doctor William Hartnell, who died in 1975, was seen in a recent teaser trailer for the 50th anniversary episode alongside several other former Doctors, including Baker, and also appeared in series seven finale The Name of the Doctor, thanks to clever video editing.

If similarly technology is to be used to bring Baker back for the The Day of the Doctor, that could also leave the door open for returns by other incarnations.

The news comes after months of speculation by fans – and denials by showrunner Steven Moffat, former Doctors and the BBC – that any Time Lords other than Matt Smith, David Tennant or John Hurt’s new addition will feature in the landmark special.