As unlikely as it seems – what with his outspoken position on both the way the upper echelons of the BBC handled his time as the Doctor and his own wish to not repeat himself – is there the whiff of a chance that Christopher Eccleston could return to the role of the Doctor for the fiftieth anniversary celebrations?
It’s certainly the wish of the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith who recently spoke to Esquire magazine (via The List) about the possibility of all seven surviving Doctors putting in an appearance:
“Chris will be alright. Well, I mean, who knows? I’d love it. I’d love him to come back.”
Matt is a huge fan of Chris’ portrayal of the Time Lord and thinks his own incarnation would lose to him in a bout of fisticuffs (however unlikely that scene might be):
“I love his Doctor. I really do. He was from Manchester. Proper hard. Leather jacket. He’d give my Doctor a bit of a whopping, wouldn’t he?”
Now you might be thinking that one person’s opinion doth not make it a fact and there are many boundaries, including the two mentioned above, stopping Chris from once again donning the trademark leather jacket.
Well in an interesting side note fan BadGirlSeeksGoodMan, posting at the members-only forum Gallifrey Base (via Flickfilosopher), recently attended a Q&A at the National Theatre – where Eccleston is currently playing Creon in Antigone – during which he spoke warmly of the character and said he felt there was much more he could have done with him:
“There was palpable tension when the first Who question came up but he had absolutely nothing negative to say. He didn’t directly criticise any aspect of the production.
I was surprised how easily he took the questions and he very graciously thanked people who complimented him on his performance in Doctor Who. He also spoke with real warmth and enthusiasm about the character of the Doctor and what a real joy of a character it is to play. In response to a question about whether he felt he’d taken the character as far as he could he (very tellingly) said he felt that one series isn’t enough to get under the skin of the character and that if he’d had two or three series he’d have developed the role considerably. He said that if you looked at the other Doctors (with the exception of Tom Baker) you can see them working out how to play the character through their first series because it’s such a complex and challenging role. He said several times that there was more for him to do with the character….”
So are these encouraging signs that we may again have a multi-Doctor story for a major anniversary?