With its main character’s ability to travel through all of time and space, Doctor Who is a show with almost infinite possibilities. So it’s only fitting that, with its 50 anniversary looming, the Doctor will join forces with none other than previous versions of himself.
According to the BBC, David Tennant, who played an incarnation of the eccentric time traveler from 2005 to 2010, is set to officially return to the role as part of a special 50th anniversary TV movie. Also along for the ride will be Billie Piper, who played the Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler for two seasons.
Both actors were last seen in the 2009/2010 Christmas episode “The End of Time,” where Tennant regenerated into a new version of the Doctor played by Matt Smith.
Tennant and Piper will join the current companion duo Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman for the much-hyped occasion. Details on a plotline remain under wraps at the moment, though many believe the movie will attempt to bring together even more past incarnations of the Doctor. The anniversary’s team-up structure will be keeping in line with past Doctor Who anniversaries that saw multiple versions of the Doctor coming together to defeat a formidable foe, including 1973’s The Three Doctors and 1983’s The Five Doctors.
The announcement also claims that veteran British thespian John Hurt will also appear in the special, which is set to begin filming in the UK this week. Current showrunner Steven Moffat will pen the episode and Nick Hurran will direct.