Geeks like me have been exceedingly happy with the revival of “Doctor Who” because of its devotion to the past — the new series is run by unabashed fans, so it has been true to its history and is really a continuation rather than a reboot. Old enemies have returned, old continuity has been respected, and yet not slavishly.
There’s been one thing missing: the Doctor Crossover, a staple of the old series when an anniversary rolled around.
Well, now that plot device/fan wank is back.
Next Friday, the 16th, a special “scene” will air on the BBC as part of the Children in Need fundraiser, featuring the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison, together with the current incumbent, David Tennant. I have to say that Peter Davison (who was only 29 when he took over the role in 1981) has aged particularly well, and 23 years after he left the show he looks much the same when he dons the costume and hat.
Here’s to cheesy nostalgia and fannish fun!