‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Davison thinks return is unlikely

But the fifth Doctor would be happy to return for the 50th anniversary

Former Doctor Who star Peter Davison has said he thinks it unlikely he will return for the show’s 50th anniversary.

The show reaches its golden year in 2013, and fan speculation has been rife that producers could reunite former Doctors in a special episode, similar to 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors, in which Davison starred.

But the actor, who played the fifth Doctor from 1982 to 1984, has told Bang Showbiz that while he is open to the idea, he thinks it unlikely to happen. He said:

I feel no need to turn my back on [a guest appearance] but I don’t feel like it’s the kind of thing they’d do. I’d be very surprised if they tried to do anything involving the old Doctors.

Davison has already returned to the show once since its revival, for the 2007 Children In Need mini-episode Time Crash, where he came face to face with David Tennant‘s 10th Doctor. However, he added: “I’m perfectly happy to have played my part in Time Crash [but] I don’t feel like I’m hanging on a phone call from the Doctor Who offices.”

If producers were to go with a multi-Doctor story, they would have the choice of approaching surviving Doctors Tom Baker, Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christoper Eccelston and David Tennant. Tennant himself has hinted in the past that he might consider making a guest appearance.

Doctor Who will return for a Christmas special in December and a full series next year, which is expected to move to the autumn schedules.