Even though the BBC is being incredibly tight-lipped about exactly who and who isn’t going to be making an appearance on the 50th anniversary blowout on November 25th, we can now add one more Doctor to the list— Tom Baker. Of course you couldn’t have a DW 50th birthday party without the longest running and most loved Doctor ever. Who cares if he’s old and gray and chubby? Make it work.
"I am in the special," said Baker. "I’m not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I’m telling you straightaway."
Even if you’ve only been watching since the show was resurrected in 2005, there’s lots of great episodes to choose from, and a whole lot of stinkers. If you’ve been with the show for a while, there’s 50 years of time travel adventure, and of what you’ve seen, which have been your favorite? I’m throwing the Tom Baker Pyramids of Mars out there as a damn good one, and for pure emotional impact, I’m also going to say “Parting of the Ways”, the last episode with Christopher Eccleston. Yes, much of the episode was just kinda okay, and at the time, I had no idea Russell Davies would end seasons with some stupid deus ex machina every single fucking time, but for that first time, with Rose becoming a god after slurping up energy from the heart of the TARDIS— at the time, it felt absolutely brilliant.
And if you need a primer, io9 has put together a massive list of their opinion of the best and worst episodes ever