UPDATED Doctor Who: what is #thefourth?

News Andrew Blair 8 Jul 2013 - 10:00

Andrew muses over the meaning of a Doctor Who teaser video released by BBC Worldwide, labelled #thefourth...

UPDATED: Doctor Who TV has exclusively revealed that all this #thefourth malarkey was teasing the release of a limited edition Fourth Doctor "time capsule", containing "exclusive content and memorabilia from Tom Baker’s era on Doctor Who, including a newly-commissioned interview with the man himself". See the contents below, and read more about the limited run product over at Doctor Who TV.

Over a weekend where Britain sported all over the place, there was only one question on Den of Geek's mind: What could #thefourth possibly be? 

This short, enigmatic teaser contains sound clips of Leela, Harry Sullivan, K9, Romana I, and Sarah Jane Smith playing over the image of a desk, photos (that also include Nyssa and Romana II), some glasses (ransacking my brain, I can't think whose they are unless the Eleventh Doctor is being nostalgic), some machinery, and something that looks like a mangled hand. 

We love a mystery. The BBC duly obliged with a series of one clue, each more fiendish than the last, by posting this on their YouTube channel: 

We've known that Terror of the Zygons is due out on DVD this year for a while now. What these two videos suggest is that it will also be part of some larger release, or else why bother including clips of companions who don't feature in the story? The hand and the sound clip of Sarah suggest The Hand of Fear might be involved. 

Also worth noting is that BBC America have been showing documentaries entitled The Doctors Revisited for each incarnation, and so there is already potential supporting material for such a product, starting with the most popular Doctor of the series' original run. 

Possibly this is continuing the idea of the Regenerations boxset: introductory sets aimed at the casual viewer who doesn't already own these stories, with a tempting extra release for those that do.

At the time of going to press, Andrew Scott had no known involvement in this project.

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He could be the new Jason Statham.

At the time of going to press, Andrew Scott had no known involvement in this project.

But you can't rule it out?

I'd say clearly it's some kind of Tom Baker retrospective DVD set, but I do hate those hashtags

Possibly a fourth Doctor (on top of Hurt, Smith & Tennant) in the 50th special...?

The inclusion of Harry, Leela, Nyssa, Romana et al in the clip suggest Tom Baker if I am correct (which I am probably not, but one can hope).

I spent Saturday afternoon converting a couple of friends to the idea of him as the Doctor. I'm thinking of placing a bet as the odds must be quite good.

Tom Baker was the favourite and the face of classic Who so it makes sense to release some special with him in it for the 50th. I can't see him back as the Doctor he's just too old but maybe like the scenes he recorded for Shada 20 years ago.

The entire Tom Baker years in one set?

Unlikely... That'd put the RRP at about £500. Not impossible though, I suppose...
More likely, as the article says, to be a 'best of' for more casual fans. I'd guess Terror of the Zygons, Pyramids of Mars, Hand of Fear, City of Death, and maybe Genesis or Talons.

35/9

I just checked!

He should be the new Jason Statham.

That collection seems the most likely answer. I'd think Genesis and Talons so 6 stories and some new interview extra in a box set.

That would be interesting

Maybe Fan Favorites Collection.

Tom Baker is the fourth doctor - so he's coming back for the 50th special! "Don't forget me..."

Kudos to you Andrew Blair, that's a nice way to finish up the blog post.

Okay, love the little Doctor Who tidbits as I am definitely missing the show, but this one seems mysterious about what the mystery is ...

Andrew Scott would make a better Jason Statham than Jason Statham does.

"We love a mystery."

Can't say I love Doctor Who mysteries any more. The answer always seems to make little sense and is never complete.

I pity the 7 year olds who watch the show now, god only knows what they make of it all.

A boxed set of the entire 4th Doctor, obviously. Terror is the last one to be released

#IAmTheForth.

Possible, but hardly obvious as they've done no such thing for any other Doctor and haven't even released single season box sets (notwithstanding Key to Time and Trial of a Time Lord).

Nothing to do with this article.

"Andrew Scott to play Jason Statham as Doctor Who".

I hope and I pray for that. I wondered if they would be reintroducing the surviving Doctors over the next few months in time for the 50th.

I wondered if they would write in some explanation whereby the previous incarnations had been "siphoned off" somehow at the point of each regeneration, after which time they aged "normally" as mortals. They could say the first three had died of old age. That way all of them could return in some capacity.

Clever. I like that idea.

No Jelly Babies in the Time capsule? Shame on them!

In other words, this is just a bunch of pointless marketing blather having nothing to do with what's coming up on the actual series ...

>UPDATED: Doctor Who TV has exclusively revealed that all this #thefourth malarkey was teasing the release of a limited edition Fourth Doctor "time capsule", containing "exclusive content and memorabilia from Tom Baker’s era on Doctor Who, including a newly-commissioned interview with the man himself". See the contents below, and read more about the limited run product over at Doctor Who TV.

Thought it might be the long awaited Star Wars cross-over!

Not much content for £62.99 is there?

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