Christopher Eccleston Reveals Why He Didn’t Return For Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

Doctor Who celebrated its 50th birthday in style back in 2013. The feature-length special “The Day of the Doctor” was everything fans could have asked for, with David Tennant returning to team up with Matt Smith and the introduction of John Hurt to the mythos. Even Tom Baker showed up for a cameo. Noticeable by his absence, though, was Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor and original leading man of the modern series.

The actor hasn’t spoken publicly about his reasons for not doing the special much but he recently spilled the beans during a panel at Rose City Comic Con, where he revealed that he considered it but his lingering feelings of being betrayed by the BBC from eight years before convinced him otherwise.

“I liked [then showrunner] Steven Moffat a lot. I considered it. But it had an enormous emotional impact on me, what happened with Doctor Who. As the series was going out,
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