Former Doctor slams BBC for 'irritating' surprise Who 50th special cameo

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Dec 2, 2013, 5:52 PM EST

He was already upset that he didn't make it to the 50th-anniversary special, but now a former Doctor is complaining that a particular moment in the special made him a "second-class citizen."

A few weeks ago we heard that Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, who played the legendary Time Lord from 1984 to 1986, was upset that he and other Doctors like Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, weren't "deemed worthy" of an appearance in the 50th-anniversary celebration of the character, "Day of the Doctor." In the months leading up to the "Day of the Doctor" premiere, fans and media alike were endlessly speculating over which Who icons would return for the special, and rumors hinted that everyone from Fourth Doctor Tom Baker to Captain Jack Harkness John Barrowman would be involved.

In the end, though, while the show was packed with easter eggs, callbacks and images of past Doctors, only Tom Baker, Tenth Doctor David Tennant (who was confirmed for the show long ago) and Twelfth (or Thirteenth, depending on how you number it) Doctor Peter Capaldi managed actual physical appearances, with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann showing up in a prequel minisode.

So, now that "Day of the Doctor" has come and gone, how are the excluded Doctors feeling about the special? Well, we haven't heard from everyone, but Colin Baker is not pleased, particularly because he was surprised that Tom Baker ended up on the show while he didn't.

“All or none, that’s what I would have thought," Baker told the Daily Mirror.

“I know Tom did it longer than anybody else and he’s the oldest Doctor but by asking him and not us, it makes you feel like a second class citizen.

“Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor, said way back that they were not going to have us in the special. At the time, we didn’t know that Tom was in it which was slightly irritating.” 

Granted, Tom Baker was the most famous and most iconic incarnation of the character until Tennant came along, and remains a legend of British science fiction, but the less-famous Doctors also made their own personal contributions to Who lore. Colin Baker has been the most vocal in his disappointment about not being included in the special, but he might not be the only one, especially now that Tom Baker's cameo has come to light. What do you think? Should every living Doctor (who was willing, because, as we know, Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston wasn't) have been given a spotlight in the 50th special, or would that have simply been too much fan service and not enough story?

(Via The Mirror)