In a perfect world, the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor” would not be a one-time happening. At least, that’s how Matt Smith and David Tennant look at it.
Showrunner Steven Moffat tells the Radio Times that the two really connected during production on the special episode. “They got on like a couple of old women,” he says. They just sat in the corner and gossiped the entire time.”
In fact, Moffat says they got along so well that Smith even came up with a way to let the fun continue. “By the end of it, Matt told me that he’d worked out this plan that they’d both continue in ‘Doctor Who’,” Steven reveals. The plan was for each of them to do five episodes, followed by three where they appear together, which would account for a full series of the show. “I think if I’d said yes they’d have gone for it,” Moffat says.
Moffat believes going into the special that neither actor had total confidence in the plan to bridge their two characters. He says Smith and Tennant were apprehensive about working together, explaining, “David’s continued to watch ‘Doctor Who’ like the sad old fan he is and so as far as he’s concerned Matt’s the Doctor. And of course for Matt, you don’t believe yourself you’re the Doctor, you just think David’s the Doctor.”
Still, in the end Steven admits that the team up worked, adding, “It’s one of those happy accidents — there’s no reason why they should be, but they are absolutely adorable and hilarious together.”
“The Day of the Doctor” airs around the world on November 23.