If we reported on every single Doctor Who rumour that surfaced its ugly head then we'd have about 500 posts a day about how Peter Capaldi has been sacked for being too old, or how Clara's getting her own spin-off series, or how the show's been cancelled because Peter Capaldi's too old, or how Steven Moffat has some dirty pics of the Director General of the BBC and that's the only way he keeps his job, or how Andrew Scott has been lined-up to take over from Peter Capaldi because he's too old, or.... well, you get the idea.
But every once in a while a story comes along that is from a source that we believe to be reputable enough, that we have to report on it. And trust me, if this is true then it's gonna be awesome.
As ever our usual Captain Jack Spoiler Bomb marks the point you really need to leave if you want to remain spoiler free.
For the rest of you, see you on the other side...
Ah, so you're sticking around, eh?
We've have two items on the menu today. The first course includes the facts, with a side of speculation...
David Tennant is currently in Cardiff, not only that but he's been seen with Russell T Davies...
They were SO lovely!!!! pic.twitter.com/Q9Nq4fjmHf— Katie Jones (@TraviataJones) August 6, 2015
Of course this could be coincidental, but remember when Moffat said:
"I remember Russell told me he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldis in the Who universe, one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter, [Russell] got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said 'Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?' and he said 'Yes it does, here it is'"So could we be about to revisit Pompeii, from a different perspective?
That is pure speculation on our part, but Peter Capaldi has hinted that his character of Caecilus will be at least "invoked" at some time, and with Tennant and RTD in town at the same time, well it's a whole load of coincidence, is it not?
We interrupt our original story for this, possibly related, UPDATE.
11th August: Today the BBC released (via Twitter) an image of Peter Capaldi's script for the final episode of series 9, snapped during the read through session which took place last week - as in the week David Tennant was in town.
If you squint you can see that the title has been replaced with a "X". I'm quite sure this is just to protect the title, but who knows (no pun intended), maybe it's a Tenth Doctor Roman hint?
Plus the fact that it was the script read through last week addresses the issue of David Tennant sporting his Broadchurch-style gruff beard.
Back to our original broadcast...
If Tennant's not in town for another trip to Pompeii, then it just might be something to do with course number two...
The second course comes in the form of a big plate full of rumours, with a side helping of hmmm. But it also comes from a source we believe to have been on-set for the current block of Doctor Who filming, so... well.... look, honestly, we've gone backwards and forwards about reporting on this but since we were told these details two things have come to light (Tennant in Cardiff and Reece 'I played Patrick Troughton' Shearsmith's casting) which add a little more weight to the revelations.
Remember Steven Moffat saying this...
"I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of [series 9]. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!"Allegedly what you won't see coming is a de-generation scene. A flashback through previous Doctors. One can presumably guess that the majority of it would be done with quick cuts via CGI, but we have been told that it will included extended stop-offs at certain Doctors.
With one of the Doctors being Paul McGann!
And we're told that he has already filmed his scenes.
Speculation time again. Could it be that we will see Tennant and McGann back briefly as their respective Doctors, and Shearsmith possibly reprising his An Adventure In Space And Time role of the Second Doctor? (I'm aware his casting announcement was for the previous episode, but... ).
Again, we've gone back and forth on this, and our rather small team here have totally polar opposite opinions on this alleged revelation. I feel if it is true, and if it is done correctly then a de-generation scene could be amazing. Topping The Name of the Doctor for multi-Doctor appearances, that's for sure. What do you think?
Time will tell.