It was a big celebration on the Day of tne Doctor the other day, as the BBC aired a great 50th Anniversary special edition of 'Doctor Who' this past November 23rd. While the half-century-old show brought together three actors portraying the Good Doctor in recent times (plus John Hurt), it seemed that the classic thesps from the 60s and 70s runs of the series would be left out of the party. Three of the first Doctors, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker, plus a younger one, Paul McGann, decided to visit the set and crash the Anniversary show, supposedly out of spite for not being invited. Of course, it was all in good fun, and, despite the hype these four actors built up in order to promote the Special where they pretended to be really angry, it's clear that that's their shtick, and a funny shtick at that, indeed.
Watch the 30-minute video, written and directed by the legendary fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, where the trio of veteran actors infiltrates the Cardiff shooting location of 'Doctor Who' and jump from one hilarious adventure into another. The clip, titled The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, is chock-full of inside jokes and showcases that distinct brand of British humor. Highlights include Davison's kids, who serve as excellent extras; a hilarious dream sequence, the running gag of the elderly thesps waiting for a phone call that never comes, McCoy's constant mentions of the fact that he is in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Colin Baker's (he's the sixth Doctor) jovial eccentricism. The three amigos at one point ask themselves, 'Why are we doing this?' The answer? 'For the fans.' Brilliant!
If you've got a spare half-hour of your time, be sure to check out this well-edited and cleverly-scripted clip, allowing the classic actors to share in some of the spotlight without packing the Special Episode with too many versions of the alien protagonist. Enjoy the multiple cameos and the decent situational comedy the gang manage to pull off quite well:
Via the Los Angeles Times.