The veteran sci-fi series will mark its 50th anniversary next year and fans are hopeful the show will stick with tradition and feature a multi-Doctor story to mark the occasion. In 1973 the tenth anniversary was marked with The Three Doctors while the 20th anniversary in 1983 was marked by The Five Doctors. As speculation over the 50th anniversary continues to mount Colin Baker has poured some doubt over a possible return.
Baker played the 6th Doctor between 1984 and 1986 and has reprised his role for numerous Big Finish audio plays. However, when it comes to reprising the role on-screen the actor says its unlikely to happen. In an interview with the Cambridge News the actor said “Every time someone asks me that question I hold up a photograph of myself when I played the part, compared to what I look like now, and say, ‘OK, how do you deal with that?’ I’ve changed”
The actor also told the newspaper that Doctor Who is “doing extremely well without out us” but did state he would be interested in returning if his Doctor got a “fair crack of the whip” Peter Davison, who played the 5th Doctor between 1981 and 1984, has expressed similar doubts about being asked back to Doctor Who. However, Davison, like Baker, was open to returning if asked. Fellow former Doctor Who actors John Barrowman, David Tennant, Paul McGann, Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy have all stated their willingness to return if asked.
One actor who has ruled himself out – at the moment at least – completely over returning is Christopher Eccleston who played the 9th Doctor for a single season in 2005.