10 Things RTD's Return WON'T Bring To Doctor Who

It won't have David Tennant in it, but it will be MARVELLOUS!

Doctor Who David Tennant
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Earlier this month, it was revealed that Russell T Davies' former partner in crime Phil Collinson was also returning to Doctor Who as production begins on the 14th series. It's turning out to be quite the comeback tour, so let's hope it's more Elvis Presley in 1968 rather than the Vegas years.

Collinson's involvement has, predictably, led to speculation over what other elements the RTD2 era will bring. Should we expect Murray Gold to come back to score the new series? It remains to be seen, but what should be clear to anyone who's followed Russell T's career over the past few decades, is that he's only doing this because he has a new vision.

In the past four years, Davies has written about the MP Jeremy Thorpe and his plot to have his lover killed, charted the rise of fascism in a dystopian future UK, documented the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and has recently written a biopic of soap actor Noele Gordon. That's a varied and diverse list of credits. Whatever he's bringing to Doctor Who, it's going to be brand new.

So, in the absence of information to the contrary, let's discuss what the RTD2 era is not going to be.

10. David Tennant Full-Time

Doctor Who David Tennant
BBC

According to a "credible" BBC source, David Tennant has been cast as the 14th Doctor, making him the first actor to play two incarnations of the character. Except, he already is, isn't he? According to Time of the Doctor, between the opening of Journey's End and the closing moments of The End of Time Part 2 David Tennant is playing the 11th Doctor, regenerated with the same face.

The rumour was circulated on that 100% reliable source of political, epidemiological and vaccination information, Facebook. So it's likely bogus. If we must do a multi-Doctor story for the 60th then Tennant will be a shoe-in for a return; he doesn't miss an opportunity these days!

As the 14th Doctor, though? The perception of the show in certain quarters is that it's too inward-looking, too obsessed with the past. Bringing back a former Doctor would not only play into this, but it would make the damaging suggestion that the show's best days are behind it and what we really want is the golden age back again.

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