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Published on March 23rd, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

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Eccleston Writes The Bible

The superb Northern Ninth Doctor by name of Christopher Eccleston is set to appear in an upcoming Westminster Abbey play about the creation of the King James Bible in this, the publication’s 400th year in existence.

In the Beginning uniquely features actors like Eccleston guiding audience members around the Abbey, where the translation of the KJB was completed in 1611, and performing some of the key moments in the story of the birth of this extremely popular version of the Bible, highlighting little-known trivia about the Abbey itself along the way.

The premise might sound a bit dull to us fans of science nonfiction like Doctor Who, but hey, it’s got Christopher Eccleston, so it must be good!  The production also stars Tamsin Greig, the nurse/saleswoman/brain surgeon from Eccleston Who story The Long Game, as well as Ralf Little (The Royle Family) and Sharon Small (Mistresses, About a Boy).

This isn’t Eccleston’s first foray into religion-related acting jobs.  He portrayed a priest, albeit a slightly amorous one, in the 1993 film Anchoress.  He narrated the first episode of the 2004 documentary series Bible Mysteries.  The year before he notably portrayed Steven Baxter, the modern-day Son of God, in Russell T. Davies’ pre-Who miniseries The Second Coming.  Most recently and perhaps most famously, he slipped into the skin of God Himself, the full-frontal nudity version of John Lennon, in 2010′s Lennon Naked.  Not to mention he played the Doctor a few years ago, who a lot of people seem to worship in this corner of the web.

You can witness the forty-minute In the Beginning play/tour for yourself if you can make it to Westminster Abbey (in London, for any aliens reading this) TOMORROW (Thursday) anytime between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM.  There is a maximum of six people to a tour, so don’t bring a whole bus of friends with you!  Tickets are £25; for more information visit the Bush Theatre website.

(via BBC News)

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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.




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