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Old April 5 2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Eccleston turned down chance to be in 50th Anniversary story

The BBC has denied tabloid reports that Christopher Eccleston has 'pulled out' of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.

The Daily Star claimed that Eccleston - who played the Ninth Doctor in 2005 - had agreed to star in the special but pulled out as filming was about to start.

However, the BBC has now told Digital Spy that Eccleston was never attached to the 50th and that his decision has had no impact on production.

"Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven's plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode," an official source said.

"After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best."
Read more: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s7/do...#ixzz2PaCgzwHq


So I guess there was some hope of doing 'The Three Doctors'? Wonder at which stage of the script process this happened?
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Old April 5 2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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Oh that is a shame. Although I love the concept of a McGann Eccleston Tennant Smith Four Doctors, I also love the idea of a Smith Tennant Two Doctors. Maybe we could have McCoy replace Eccleston, he's not aged too much since 96.

But I'm still pretty sad we'll never see Eccleston again.
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Old April 5 2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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Re: Eccleston turned down chance to be in 50th Anniversary story

Damn, that's a shame. I always knew it was a long shot but alas.

I'm still hoping Paul McGann will show up...
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Old April 5 2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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Damn, that's a shame. I always knew it was a long shot but alas.

I'm still hoping Paul McGann will show up...
My thoughts exactly.
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Old April 5 2013, 01:20 PM   #5
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Re: Eccleston turned down chance to be in 50th Anniversary story

Maybe it's wishfull thinking but it sounds like the old Doctors doth protest too much.

I wouldn't be surprised if all the denials are just a smoke screen.
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Old April 5 2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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Re: Eccleston turned down chance to be in 50th Anniversary story

I'd like to think they're all smoke screens but the pessimist in me doubts it.
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Old April 5 2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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Re: Eccleston turned down chance to be in 50th Anniversary story

I'd think there'd be some "WHO hotline" where each Doctor actor would call the other one up.


Tennant's father in-law is Peter Davison. He could bring up the anniversary special.

"Hey dad. Are you interested in appearing in the anniversary special?"


Then Davison reaches out to either Tom or Colin Baker or McCoy.

McGann might be out of the loop
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Old April 5 2013, 02:31 PM   #8
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^ Yeah, hopefully there's at least one classic Doc!
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Old April 5 2013, 02:33 PM   #9
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Re: Eccleston turned down chance to be in 50th Anniversary story

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So I guess there was some hope of doing 'The Three Doctors'? Wonder at which stage of the script process this happened?
There were rumors that there were two scripts -- one with the ninth Doctor, one without.

To be honest, I don't find those rumors particularly credible. For one thing, Moffat's not a particularly fast writer, so the idea that he would spend time writing an unusable script is silly.

No, what I think is more likely is that Eccleston politely took two meetings with Moffat. One where Moffat laid out his ideas for the anniversary special and tried to impress on Eccleston how much he wanted and hoped Eccleston would be a part of it. And one where Eccleston expressed his appreciation for being asked and said he was going to pass.
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Old April 5 2013, 02:51 PM   #10
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Re: Eccleston turned down chance to be in 50th Anniversary story

In other news, the sky is blue.
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Old April 5 2013, 03:04 PM   #11
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I think McGann would be good, if only to see how 10 & 11 react/treat him, knowing he was the one that used "the moment" that they still feel guilty about

Oh, and CE obviously has no consideration for how his fans feel. That is a selfish b*st*rd.
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Old April 5 2013, 03:07 PM   #12
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Oh, and CE obviously has no consideration for how his fans feel. That is a selfish b*st*rd.
Eccleston is famously patient and warm to his fans so this is nonsense. He just... didn't wanna accept a job. Happens all the time.
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Old April 5 2013, 03:22 PM   #13
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It's not nonsense. He can be nice to the fans that come up to him, but basically, his fans would love to see him in at least one more Dr Who. He won't do it.
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Old April 5 2013, 03:31 PM   #14
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He doesn't owe his fans a damn thing.
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Old April 5 2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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Agreed. I was hugely disappointed and upset to read he'd turned it down but he doesn't owe us anything.
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