Eccleston “not even thought about” 50th Anniversary

It’s always exciting when ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston mentions Doctor Who, and even more exciting when it’s about the 50th anniversary. So does his interview with Red Carpet News TV give us any clues as to his involvement?

Well, not particularly, but he did have a few words to say…

Staying as frustratingly enigmatic as ever, he was quizzed as to whether he’d like to be in the 50th anniversary celebrations:

Would I like to be involved? If I told you that I’d have to shoot you.

Seems promising, right? But then after being asked what he’d like to see in the show next year, he replies:

I’ve not even thought about it. It’s so long ago for me that I haven’t even thought about it.

His stint as the Doctor was, indeed, a while back – but he’s surely many people’s first Doctor (myself included), so it’d be great to see him return, also considering he only got 13 episodes-worth of screen-time.

As Malekith in Thor 2

Eccleston respects the current-Doctor, Matt Smith, though, saying:

I’ve seen Matt on stage – I’ve not seen him as the Doctor, but I’ve seen him on stage; he’s an excellent actor.

So maybe this is all smokescreen – or maybe he really hasn’t even thought about it. In a previous interview, of course, he famously said:

Never bathe in the same river twice.

Maybe he’s not softened to Doctor Who yet, or maybe he’s simply too busy filming Thor 2: The Dark World to even consider it… but if he doesn’t turn up for the 50th anniversary, how about the 10th anniversary of ‘nuWho’ in 2015…?

Get excited as the man himself tells all below…


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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