ThetaSigma wrote:I was unaware Steven Moffat held any disdain for past Doctor Who. Could you elaborate?
Years before the TV revival he did an interview where he trashed pretty much the entire Classic era except for Peter Davison's run, even going as far to say that he was embarassed to admit to people that he ever liked it.
He has since tried to suggest he was joking in that interview but if you watch any of his appearances on Classic DVD extras he seems to look down his nose at it quite a bit especially on the "City of Death" extras where he's quite scathing about the work Douglas Adams did on the show.
Like a lot of people back then he ripped into Who. Everybody did. You should see the fans on most fan sites. Never happy with anything ever. Since then he has sung praises for Douglas Adams, tweeting how he's not worthy to watch his stuff. City of Death is Stevens favourite episode, he often talks in interviews about how perfect it is.
I feel a lot of the people slaughtering Moffat's writing haven't even watched an episode (not you, but a good portion). Blink is probably always one for people to try and watch. Probably the best modern Who episode. But never has the show had any disdain for the past. Often The Doctor proudly talks about his past with some references (but not too many to confuse new viewers).
Tom himself has already 'appeared' several times, The Doctor has played video clips of past regenerations to explain who he is a few times. Then in one episode The Doctor had a clone go into shock and the clone held out his arm and in Tom Bakers voice said "Would you like a Jelly Baby?". Peter Davison even played The Doctor in a special episode where he meets The Tenth Doctor and they joke about companions and The Masters silly beards. Even more recently The Doctor showed sadness over Adrics death. The Brigadier was set to make several appearances but Nicholas Courtney kept falling ill, The Brigidiers death even had a hard hit on The Doctor causing him to accept his companions eventually aren't there. We even met the Brigs daughter. The Master when dying spoke about all his great battles with The Doctor and sound clips of all the past Masters could be heard before he regenerated. The Doctor has accidently used an old library card with William Hartnells face on it. He recently named a horse after Susan. Sarah Jane had a massive return to the show- several times. So did Jo Grant. The most recent Dalek episode actually had Daleks from the Tom Baker years covered in dust and abandoned in the dark going mad- and references to all The Doctors past battles with them by naming the planets he faced them. When The Doctor became a human to hide from some aliens hunting his genetic code he had nightmares where he was remembering his Time Lord life and when he drew his nightmares one of the pictures was of old Tom and the other Doctors. Last series The Doctor recited the Patrick Troughton line from The Five Doctors "You've redecorated- I don't like it". Davros reminisced about the first time he met Sarah Jane and The Doctor. The episode The TARDIS is stolen and put inside a person we get a ton of references to the classic series and how unreliable the TARDIS is. Another episode included a brief flash back to the fourth Doctor and was originally going to contain an appearance from Meglos.
There are a tone of other constant references and call backs to the old series holding it in high esteem and joking when it was a bit naff. Even the last 6 years of the show get picked on.
So this idea the team have forgotten it or hold it in disdain is dead silly. Will we see Tom in the 50th? I imagine so. He did the role the longest and is most well know Doctor in history. They've already hinted that Moffat has had lunch with Tennant so bringing back old Doctors is on the cards already. I imagine Tom would be next on the list. Rumours have been circulating for quite some time that Omega is returning which is perfect for the multi-doctor story. But The Master and Davros have also been absent for some time. Moffat himself is a highly capable writer who wrote what many consider the best Doctor Who episodes of the recent series and reinvented the show with Matt Smith to bring it closer to how it was in the 70's and 80's and a Doctor that acts more alien than the last few. I'm sure if Tom was shown a script he would be very impressed with how clever Moffat is with time travel and scaring the heck out of children and genius one liners. I'm sure they'd all be up for it. Especially as Colin Baker and Sly still watch and love the show more than ever. And Peter is still so closely involved with both Tennant and Moffat (appearing in one of his Doctor Who stories AND Sherlock). I think the only actor who possibly wouldn't be up for being involved is Christopher Eccleston who was very upset with how he was treated on set though has since been hinting he wants to do more and appreciates Moffats work.
I think even if we don't get The Doctors in an episode together there will be countless guest appearances on shows like Buzzcocks, The Chase, Have I got News for You. Next year Doctor Who will be everywhere in all it's forms.