Could Eccleston Return For “Doctor Who”‘s Fiftieth Anniversary

Most Doctor Who fans figure the chances of Christopher Eccleston coming back for the upcoming 50th anniversary multi-Doctor story are about as good as the Doctor and Davros sitting down for tea and crumpets.

But there’s a glimmer of hope that it could happen.

Actor Matt Smith says that he’d love to see Eccleston back for the fiftieth anniversary special.  Smith says he believes the “hard-edged” ninth Doctor would give his “softer” eleventh Doctor “a good thumping.”

“Chris will be alright. Well, I mean, who knows? I’d love it. I’d love him to come back … I love his Doctor. I really do. He was from Manchester,” Smith say.

Smith does acknowledge that getting Eccleston and Tennant back will probably be more difficult than getting the original classic series actors back for the anniversary.

“It’s a [good idea], yeah. But that’s easier said than done, I would have thought,” he says.

But as we said earlier there is a glimmer of hope.  Asked at a recent question and answer session at the National Theatre, Eccleston seemed a more open to returning than in previous comments on the series.

Flick filosopher reports that:

He [Christopher Eccleston] also spoke with real warmth and enthusiasm about the character of the Doctor and what a real joy of a character it is to play. In response to a question about whether he felt he’d taken the character as far as he could he (very tellingly) said he felt that one series isn’t enough to get under the skin of the character and that if he’d had two or three series he’d have developed the role considerably. He said that if you looked at the other Doctors (with the exception of Tom Baker) you can see them working out how to play the character through their first series because it’s such a complex and challenging role. He said several times that there was more for him to do with the character. …

So, there might be some slim hope.


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