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Published on April 18th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Eccleston’s “Sort of” Return!

While the Ninth Doctor might not be appearing in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, Christopher Eccleston’s presence will certainly be felt next week in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.


Although the rest of the world is currently waiting on the mysteries of Hide, it has been revealed that fans will hear the voice of the Ninth Doctor in the coming episode (scheduled for April 27th) in a clip from Rose, namely:

“The assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn’t get through these doors, and believe me they’ve tried.”

This scene apparently features the voice over while a space salvage team attempts to take the time machine apart.

We learned earlier this month that despite months of rumours to the contrary, Eccleston sadly wouldn’t be returning to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary episode alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith.

Who knows, perhaps Paul McGann will take his place…?

(Via Female First)


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

6 Responses to Eccleston’s “Sort of” Return!

  1. avatar knox rowlett says:


    • Ah, yes good spot. Of course, I think we all know that he’ll be just as reluctant next time… ;)

  2. avatar Guy Grist says:

    This is great news not as good as the ninth doctor actually appearing but still good news.

  3. avatar David F says:

    On a similar point, has anyone seen the on-location picture of John Hurt? He’s wearing a jacket that’s very, very similar the ninth Doctor’s. Not suggesting anything, but it looks exactly the same to my eyes. Maybe just costume recycling. (And wild guesses don’t count as spoilers.)

  4. avatar Bradondo says:

    I must admit I’m still a bit miffed at Eccleston. I know he had issues with the production team and all, but it’s a whole different team now. I’m sure he has other reasons as well but I had really hoped, given the unique circumstances, that he could have put them aside and appeased the many thousands of fans who were hoping for his return. That said only he knows what those reasons really are. Just so disappointing!

  5. The clues concerning Hurt doing a regen into #9 are all over everything Clara appears in.

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