by James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
It’s the hottest rumor on the internet and it won’t go away. But this time it’s coming from the series lead writer Steven Moffat himself. Matt Smith may want to return to Doctor Who after Peter Capaldi’s rumored departure. And not just as a guest star either – we’re talking coming back to the TARDIS permanently. But can a Time Lord degenerate? And how could that work?
“Matt, who was a friend and ally, was leaving. I couldn’t get him to stay. It felt like everything was blowing up around me. (But he’s) quite open about how much he misses it, and how much he wishes he hadn’t left.” – Steven Moffat
Now the first thing you need to know is that the Moffat always lies. The outgoing showrunner of Doctor Who knows that any time he opens his mouth, fans are going to parse and read into every single syllable, and try and divine some new tidbit about future happenings of Britain’s favorite Time Lord. But when you consider the persistent rumor that Twelfth time Lord Peter Capaldi is tiring of the production schedule, and may choose to leave the series when Moffat departs at the end of the upcoming season of Doctor Who, it opens up some interesting ideas.
“In the years to come, you might find yourself revisiting a few (faces), but just the old favorites.” – The Curator
You can even see this from a single line in the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who. In one scene at the end of that epic special that had three doctors save Gallifrey (Smith, Tenth Doctor David Tennant, and War Doctor John Hurt), the fourth Time Lord Tom Baker returns known mysteriously as “The Curator,” and hints to Smith that in the Doctor’s future, he’ll revisit some of the old faces, but only the favorites.
Though he doesn’t come right out and say that he’s the fourth doctor, Baker is pretty clear in his interactions with Smith in the scene below, that he is. And as a result, there could be a way for Smith to return as the Doctor.
Maybe there’s a disease that the Time Lords suffer from which causes a degeneration. And maybe Smith isn’t the only Doctor who can return? We know that Smith and Tennant tried to sell Moffat on the idea of doing a whole series of 10th and 11th Doctors going on a series of adventures in the TARDIS. But Moffat would have none of it. Heck, fans would love that.
And you know what? Why is it that only the Doctor gets to cross his timeline? Imagine a summer of crossovers where John Simm’s Master and Michelle Gomez’ Missy joined up, and it takes the two Doctors getting together to foil their plot? And not just them, but maybe all the living Doctors.
Fans have always wanted to see more of 8th Doctor Who Paul McGann after his stunning webisode which bridged his Doctor with the War Doctor. It wouldn’t be Smith coming back full time, but a limited series story arc like that could be a brilliant lead up to announcing a new Doctor, should Capaldi decide to call it quits after Series 10.
It would certainly be unprecedented, and also pretty tricky. How do you return to Smith without making the statement that Capaldi’s casting was a mistake (and I don’t believe it was)? Then again, there have been several episodes over the show’s 52 year history where the Doctor’s cross their timelines and reunite (as in the 50th), none have ever returned to the roll full time after leaving the TARDIS. To do so with Smith would certainly be a scheme worthy only of the Master, and wouldn’t it be intriguing to do so? And what a way for incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall to hit the ground running.
But, as I said, it’s only a rumor. And Moffat playfully lies all the time when he’s answering Doctor Who fans’ questions. But every once in awhile, he tosses in a grain of truth that ends up coming to pass. So as the Curator would says … “Who nose?”
Hat Tip – The UK Mirror