Judge Death wrote:
Well apparently Hartnell wouldn't return Moffat's calls...
William Hartnell was dead even before The Five Doctors
, in 1983. The role of the First Doctor was played by Richard Hurndall, and [i]he's[/ dead.
Of course, there are those who don't rate Hurndall's performance. I've seen it argued here and elsewhere that there's no point in having other actors play Doctors 1-3, that those roles are intrinsically linked to the original actors. I'm not necessarily in that camp myself (I'd like to see Sean Pertwee play his father's role) but I can see its merits. I suppose, for the sake of argument, while you're at it, why not cast Robert Carlyle or Sean Bean as Nine once Eccleston refused to return ?