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‘Doctor Who’ fans campaign for Matt Smith to return alongside David Tennant

Whovians are missing the "Madman with a Box."

For months now, rumors have been bubbling over about David Tennant returning to Doctor Who, and this weekend those rumors were finally made official. The Tenth Doctor actor is 100% coming back for the immortal sci-fi series’ 60th anniversary special next year, alongside former companion Catherine Tate. This marks Tennant’s first appearance in the TARDIS since the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013, which saw him team up with Matt Smith.

So, given that Tennant is confirmed for the 60th, Whovians are now desperate to receive news that Smith is also returning opposite him as the Eleventh Doctor. Not only have fans been missing Smith’s eccentric Time Lord — who memorably dubbed himself a “Madman with a Box” — ever since he exited the series in 2013, but he and Tennant also made a fantastic double act. So fans are desperate to see the two of them share the screen again.

Many of the fans, who have been rooting for Smith’s return, have also expressed the wish for one of Smith’s co-stars, like Karen Gillan or Jenna Coleman, to reprise their roles. Now, wouldn’t that be the icing on the cake.

We wouldn’t say no to Peter Capaldi reprising his role, either.

A fan even speculated that after starring in Sony Pictures’ Morbius, which majorly attracted negative reviews, Smith’s career probably needs a lift.

The exciting thing is that it’s just possible a further 60th anniversary casting announcement is on its way later this Monday as showrunner Russell T. Davies suggested another piece of news is imminent in an intriguing Instagram comment.

And obviously this has folks thinking that a Matt Smith announcement is coming.

If this news does drop then Matt Smith fans cannot be held accountable for their actions.

We need the guy from Morbius back in Doctor Who.

Aside from Tennant and Tate and other theorized returnees, the 60th anniversary special will mark Ncuti Gatwa’s debut as the Fourteenth Doctor. It’s filming now, but we sadly won’t get to see it until November 2023. But at least we have Jodie Whittaker’s 90-minute final Doctor Who episode to come this fall.

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Christian Bone

Christian Bone is a Staff Writer/Editor at We Got This Covered and has been cluttering up the internet with his thoughts on movies and TV for a full decade, ever since graduating with a Creative Writing degree from the University of Winchester. He can usually be found writing about anything Marvel or DC. And yet, if you asked him, he'd probably say his favorite superhero film is 'The Incredibles'.