Christopher Eccleston - the Ninth Doctor

Spot Christopher Eccleston in Thor 2 Trailer!

By Great Odin’s Beard! Can it be that our good Ninth Doctor has gone bad in a big way to menace the God of Thunder? Verily, it is thus!

Christopher Eccleston, who played the Ninth Doctor in 2005, will be seeking vengeance against Thor himself as the character of Malekith The Accursed in Marvel’s big budget sequel, Thor: The Dark World.

Last week, the official full-length trailer for the highly anticipated sequel was released, and although it barely features a glimpse of Eccleston’s villainous Lord of the Dark Elves, the actor’s voice can prominently be heard as the tension builds:

Thor, your bravery will not ease your pain! Your family, your world, will be…EXTINGUISHED!

It’s just too bad that he didn’t slip up and say “…EXTERMINATED!”

The synopsis of the thunderous sequel reads thusly:

One year after the events of Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor battles to save the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. A primeval race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to plunge the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Thor: The Dark World is scheduled to be released October 30th in the UK and November 8th in the USA.

The main question now is – especially for Doctor Who fans – if Dark World finished filming it’s three-month shoot in December 2012, and Eccleston wasn’t filming anything until June/July 2013 (the new HBO series The Leftovers), why couldn’t he fit in a few weeks of filming on the 50th Anniversary Special, which shot almost entirely during April?

Why did Ninth Doctor actor decide to pass on the Who celebration, especially after two reported meetings with Steven Moffat and at least a couple signs (“If I told you, I’d have to shoot you.”) that he very well could be involved? Like Malekith’s reasons for wanting revenge on Thor, this question may also be shrouded in mystery for eons to come…


Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

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