The Most Interesting Things We Learned From The HBO Max Doctor Who Panel

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Anyone for a multi-Doctor reunion?

In honour of all twelve series of the revived Doctor Who becoming available to stream on HBO Max, HBO organised a mini Doctor Who reunion.

Tenth Doctor David Tennant, Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, and Jodie Whittaker, the Thirteenth and current Doctor, sat down with IGN’s Terri Schwartz for an epic discussion of all things Who.

Here’s everything we learned from the HBO Max Doctor Who panel.

There’s no group chat with all the Doctors.. Yet

HBO Max Doctor Who Panel
Admin McCoy? Credit: BBC

One of the first questions asked by Moderator Schwartz was whether a group chat existed between all the actors who have played The Doctor. Whittaker stated that she didn’t think there was. Although, she acknowledged that as the ‘current’ Doctor, she may not have been invited yet. Tennant and Smith confirmed that, to their knowledge, there is no group chat.

However, all three were interested in the possibility of starting one up. Whittaker quickly put forward Tennant to be group admin, but Tennant believed Sylvester McCoy, who played the Seventh Doctor, would be a better choice.

Who kept the most props?

HBO Max Doctor Who panel
Steven Moffat in ‘The Five-ish Doctors’. Credit: BBC.

The mention of a Tardis spotted in Tennant’s backyard in his new show Staged (filmed in the actor’s home during lockdown) led to a discussion on which Doctor Who props have made their way into the actors’ personal collection.

As it turns out, David Tennant’s backyard Tardis isn’t the genuine article. It was built as a gift for the actor’s children. However, he does still own a copy of the Tenth Doctor’s costume. As fans will know, Tennant famously lent the costume back to the BBC for himself to wear in ‘Day Of The Doctor’, as all the other copies of the costume had been donated to museums following his departure from the show.

Smith possesses a couple of Cyberman heads from his run. Many of Jodie’s props are still in active use and cannot leave the set, but she admits to owning a few Thirteenth Doctor Funko Pops.

The best prop collection, according to Tennant, belongs to former show-runner Steven Moffat. Moffat owns multiple Daleks, and possibly a life-size Weeping Angel.

Which companion, other than their own, would they have liked to share an adventure with?

Billie Piper congratulates Matt after a stage performance.

Matt Smith’s answer was almost immediate. He would have loved The Eleventh Doctor to share an adventure with Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler. Piper and Smith have worked together outside of Doctor Who, developing a close and supportive real-life friendship.

Jodie Whittaker chose one of The Eleventh Doctor’s companions, Rory Williams, for an adventure with Thirteen. Whittaker has worked with Rory’s actor, Arthur Darvill, and knows he’s good for a laugh during long days on-set.

Tennant opted for Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, played by the late Nicholas Courtney. The Tenth Doctor was supposed to share the screen with The Brig in a special episode of The Sarah-Jane Adventures. Unfortunately, Courtney was too ill to film his appearance.

The Episode that defines their Doctor’s era.

Whittaker, acknowledging that she currently has fewer episodes to choose from, and that the answer could change by the end of her run, chose her first episode, ‘The Woman Who Fell To Earth’. She felt the episode’s time was well spent establishing The Thirteenth Doctor and her Fam.

Matt Smith also gave the nod to his first episode, ‘The Eleventh Hour’. Vividly remembering working on the episode with Arthur Darvill and future Marvel star Karen Gillan, Smith says he had the feeling they were making something special.

David Tennant opted out of the question. Every episode is so unique that it was impossible for him to choose just one.

Any News on the 2020 Christmas special?

Doctor Who HBO Max panel.
The Thirteenth Doctor. Credit: BBC

Finally, Schwartz pressed current Doctor Whittaker for information on the upcoming Doctor Who festive special.

The actress was only allowed to reveal the episode’s title: Revolution Of The Daleks. However, she went on to say the title could give a clue to long-time fans of the show. This could reference rumours that the special will feature the Dalek Revolutionary War.

Hopefully, we’ll get to see ‘Revolution Of The Daleks’ around Christmas 2020.

Check out the full HBO Max Doctor Who Panel here:

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