Tom Baker will return for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary after all

Dust off your long, winding scarves, dear fellow Whovians, and stock up on those jelly babies, because it looks like Tom Baker is definitely returning for Doctor Who's big whopping 50th-anniversary bash next year.

The Daily Express reports that the 78-year old actor is going to reprise his role in 2013, the year of the big timey-wimey shindig.

A show insider has revealed that Baker—who played the Fourth Doctor for seven seasons, from 1974 to 1981—will join forces with the current Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, to celebrate the show's half-century milestone:

"It will be fitting to have Tom back to mark the 50 years. He was a big part of the show's success and is much-loved by the fans."

Not too long ago we told you that Baker was willing to return to Who—perhaps because of his notorious absence during the 20th-anniversary special, "The Five Doctors," which he had refused to do—IF he was asked nicely.

"I think if they ask me nicely or I can see what they want me to do, I'd consider it. I think the fans have been so good to me, they'd expect me to at least make an appearance."

As for the details surrounding that special episode, the Doctor Who honchos are keeping mum on that little anniversary thingie, but there are speculations (when are there not?) that the special will serve as Matt Smith's last hurrah as the beloved Time Lord, even though the actor has stated that he wanted to stick with the role for, well, like forever.

So what do you guys think of this news? Are you excited that Tom Baker will get to step back into the TARDIS for the 50th once more? And do you believe it will also serve as Matt Smith's last appearance on Who?

(The Daily Express via STV)