Take this how you will but I was feeling rather sceptical about a Steven Moffat quote in The Daily Mirror until I saw an independent Doctor Who blogger back it up. That's not how old and new media are supposed to relate, is it?
Here's the key bit of Doctor Who Online's report:
Speaking at the recent BBC Drama Commissions event, and subsequently quoted by The Mirror newspaper, Moffat had the following to say regarding plans for the special:
"Getting the other Doctors involved would be very fitting for the anniversary episode, wouldn't it?"
Initially The Mirror newspaper failed to state the source of the quote, but DWO today got confirmation that it was indeed at the BBC Drama Commissions event.
So, why did Moffat say this? It's hard to imagine he'd want to set up disappointment by teasing an Eleven Doctors story and then not following through.
The quote could be out of context, though. For all we know, the next words out his mouth were:
But we can't do that, sadly. Luckily there are lots of other ideas that would equally suitable.
– just for example.
But what does "getting the other Doctors involved" actually mean? It doesn't have to mean they'd all appear on screen – but again, would Moffat risk the anticlimax?
All Eleven Doctors! In voice only! Some in silhouette! And Eleven different Tardises! That'll do, won't it? No?
Bleeding Cool is fully confident that David Tennant will be making an appearance during the anniversary shows, in some way or another. We assume that he'll be reprising the role of the Tenth Doctor. Beyond that? Just guess work.
But if Moffat did make this new comment, and I feel pretty sure that he did, then I think we can pretty safely assume – and for the first time, by my reckoning – that there really is a full-set Multi Doctor story coming.
Production on the 50th anniversary special starts in April.