Bernard Cribbins on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special

News Cameron K McEwan 22 May 2013 - 06:06
Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Cribbins tells us he's definitely not in the Doctor Who 50th anniversay special. But he did ring up to find out...

Bernard Cribbins, who played loveable Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who alongside David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, has been chatting to us about his Dalek movie (out on Blu-ray later this month) and the television show itself.

In particular, we talked about the possibility of a return for Wilf in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special but it seems he is another actor we can tick off as 'not involved'.

When asked if he is starring in the special, Bernard replied: "No, I'm not. I rang Cardiff [where the Doctor Who production unit is based] a little while ago and said, 'Am I going to be involved?' and they said, 'Well no. We're shooting at the moment and maybe something later on but at the moment, no.'" Cribbins added, "I would love to get back into it. It would be nice."

Sad news for Wilf fans, then (which we most definitely are), but it's heartening to see he was so keen for the sprightly grandfather to return. Discussing the logistics of returning actors and actresses, the National Treasure commented, "I think it's impossible. They can't even think of including everybody who's taken part in Doctor Who from the beginning up until now. There'd be hundreds and hundreds, they'd all get twelve and a half seconds each [laughs]."

Our full interview with Bernard will be published soon, where he tells about Peter Cushing, the Daleks (old and new), working with David Tennant, Catherine Tate and Russell T Davies and names his favourite Doctor.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special airs on November 23, 2013. Doctor Who And The Daleks, and Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD are on Blu-ray on May 27th.

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Bring back Wilf!!!

Wilf is up there with the Master for killing of the Dr. By not listening and getting in the way he did for 10. He should have left old Wilf in the radiation chamber!

I want Wilf in the anniversary special. And Donna. And Martha. And Captain Jack. And K-9. And Mickey. And the Metacrisis Doctor. And Jenny the Doctor's daughter. And classic companions. Why can't the Doctor visit an older Jamie or rescue Leela from the N'Zai prison? Also former Doctor actors can make a cameo as other characters. I don't care if the special has to be 4 hours long!

To be honest this is the only one I'm really disappointed about. I do love Wilf

Lovely guy, decent enough character but we already have one of RTD's multiple Eastenders family members returning for the 50th. That's MORE than enough, although I would have been happy to see this character return at the expense of the pain in the a**e of one they chose!

I loved Donna and Wilf when they were in the series - I literally just saw RTD in Tesco in Manchester, I was tempted to tell him how much I loved his episodes - maybe next time...

I'm with you there, chief.

Bernard makes a very good point. If they tried to include everyone then no one would get a fair shake. And anyway, if we're seeing the Rose Tyler version of the Tenth Doctor, then he can't encounter people associated with his later companions.

If Wilf had not got in the radiation chamber, the Doctor would still have sacrificed himself for the unknown bloke that was trapped in it before Wilf freed him.


I like wilf, but I can see why he won't be in the 50th. By the look of it there is no martha or mickey or donna,even captain jack so I can't wilf or donna's mother and any of martha's clan in it . We don't even know if any of the classic old series are in it yet, we may get flash backs again as there are a lot to get through.

It's too bad there can't be like, a three-part mini-series around the 50th anniversary.

Then we could have Wilf, and Captain Jack -- who should be in this thing anyway -- and Martha and Donna and ...

They could have enough air time if they brought back many other actors involved with Doctor who is they scrapped the 3D bullsh*t and made 2, 2 hour episodes.

David Tennant and his wife had a son named Wilf a few weeks ago. Lol! Great name-sake.

Trust me it would have been: "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry." If it had been the other bloke.

Yeah...."Next time"

even then you wouldn't be able to please everyone. Why bring Wilf back unless theirs a reason to have him back. Like the classic doctor's coming back, I'd love a 1 classic and 1 new and then Matt but people seem to want them all back and it seems its just for the sake of it. At least if you brought Paul McCgan back you'd be able to do a lot of stuff with him as we only got to see one film with him in.

Mickey? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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