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No 9th Doctor for Doctor Who Anniversary Special

No Decision Yet on Reuniting

By Robert T. Trate     April 05, 2013
Source: The independent

David Tennant will return to DOCTOR WHO
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It shouldn’t really comes as a surprise, but the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, has turned down an appearance in the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special. Eccleston, who played the Doctor for only one season (2005) was never really attached to the whole concept of Doctor Who to begin with. 

A BBC spokeswoman said: "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."

With Eccleston officially out, will this definitely mean that Tennant’s Doctor will actually be his human counterpart, John Smith? 


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monkeyfoot 4/5/2013 10:12:31 AM

How many other Doctors are still alive?

InnerSanctum 4/5/2013 10:15:17 AM

 Oh man...I really dug the 9th Doctor.  

invisioner 4/5/2013 10:52:00 AM

jerk. I really liked his doctor too. snobby bugger, he is.

FerretJohn 4/5/2013 2:24:18 PM

Sad to hear, Ecclestan really should listen to the fans and make an appearance, but it's his decision.

Mr Trate, of course Tennant will be appearing as John Smith/Doctor, crossing the barrier again to the alternate universe is the only way to bring him in without dealing with temporal paradoxes.

Monkeyfoot, the first three are deceased, everybody from Tom Baker on is still kicking.

trollman 4/5/2013 2:44:50 PM

Tom Baker is still alive but age has taken it's toll. All the doctors since Tom Baker are also still alive. Sylvester McCoy was just in the Hobbit. Peter Davidson was in BBC's Law & Order UK. I don't know about any of the others recent work.

fenngibbon 4/5/2013 5:09:41 PM

 The Eighth Doctor only appeared in the movie, and the suggestion in "Rose" was that the Doctor had recently regenerated, so Eight's appearance could be epxlained by that's what he looked like by the time he regenerated.  As for the others, well, when Five and Ten were together, they came up with a way to explain why Five looked older, so they could repeat that explanation. 

With regard to Eccleston, I understand the whole "I don't want to be typecast" thing, but if you don't want to be linked to a role for the rest of your life, maybe you say "No" when they offer you one of the most iconic sci-fi/fantasy roles ever.  

As for Ten and Rose, given the villain they've announced as being in the 50th anniversary show, I'm wondering if Moffat's planning something hinky.

Wyldstaar 4/5/2013 10:15:33 PM

While The Third Doctor- Jon Pertwee is no longer with us, his son Sean Pertwee is the spitting image of his father and an established actor in his own right.  They even share the same voice.  Sean is now 48 years old.  Jon was 51 years old when he took on the role of The Doctor.

He could definitely pull the part off.  As for him having any interest in doing so, or feeling that it's appropriate is another subject.

wrrlykam 4/6/2013 4:29:16 AM

As this came from Eccleston it was no surprise considering his previous statements on DW.

Redshirt1 4/6/2013 7:00:01 AM

In the past there has been cross over specials before where two or more doctors are gathered for a big fight against ultimate evil.  With all the time travel that the Doctors do it is possible for their timeline to intersect.  This was played out in a Tennant episode, until it was revealed that the person simply had absorbed the Doctors memories and thought he was the Doctor.   

Tonebone 4/6/2013 9:31:53 AM


I just googled Sean Pertwee and  he absolutely bears a striking resemblance to his dad. That would be an interesting direction to try and pull off. 

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