Well, we at Kasterborous are pretty gutted by this news. Despite being surprising likely to return for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary, reports today suggest that Christopher Eccleston is not involved.
Eccleston’s possible return is something that Doctor Who fansites have been keeping under their hats for some months now, but it took an article in today’s Daily Star to prompt a BBC “source” to react to the claim that the actor had quit the production in the last few days.
Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven’s plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.
After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best.
Our understanding a couple of months ago was that Christopher Eccleston had agreed to appear “in principle”, but that his presence in the episode was largely down to the schedule of Thor 2, in which the actor plays the villain.
Clearly things have changed since then, but we doubt that Eccleston would have pulled out at the eleventh hour.
Regardless, if true, this is a heavy blow for fans of Doctor Who.
(Thanks to Robert, Ian, and Turquoise Tarquin)