You’d have to have been living under a rock in a space-quarry within driving distance of Cardiff not to know that this weekend was the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who – with its anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor, being broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries, making a new Guinness World Record into the bargain.
We at TVO are all huge fans of the show, and are eagerly awaiting Peter Capaldi’s debut proper next year, which will be directed by our very own Ben Wheatley. Yet in the middle of all the celebrations last night, there was a brief cameo from another regular layer of Onion Land.
Former Doctor actor Peter Davison hooked up with fellow Doctors Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy for a star-studded half-hour comedy special which aired on the red-button after the anniversary special proper, entitled The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
This real Who’s Who of Doctor Who saw a fictional version of the trio trying their hardest to sneak themselves into the main special, managing to break onto the set and be mistaken for extras. Along the way, they were joined by the likes of Matt Smith, David Tennant, Paul McGann, Jenna Coleman and a whole cavalcade of past companions.
There were also appearances from a smattering of celebrity fans, though to say any more would spoil the fun, and you should watch the show immediately.
However, we have to say, there was a scene early on in which Davison was listening to the radio, and the DJ was discussing the 50th anniversary with rather familiar tones. We, naturally, did a little digging, and confirmed that it was in fact, our very own Rhys Thomas!
You can see the special on iPlayer now, with a trailer below.
Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day, and the next series featuring episodes directed by Ben Wheatley, will air in Autumn 2014.