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BBC Confirms Christopher Eccleston’s Role As It Pertains To Doctor Who’s Anniversary

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There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Christopher Eccleston would return to Doctor Who for their 50th anniversary celebrations. Well, we finally have solid information from the BBC itself. If you’d like to know whether or not you’ll see Eccleston, hit the jump. 

In the last few weeks we’ve gotten more solid information about who will be taking part in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode. We know for sure John Barrowman will not be but that he’ll likely be taking part in satellite celebrations. Tenth Doctor David Tennant as well as Companion Rose Tyler, Billie Piper, will definitely be in the anniversary episode. There will also be some classic villains appearing.

As for Eccleston, all signs pointed to the actor being fairly adamant about his lack of desire to return to the Whoniverse but we’ve been holding out hope. Digitial Spy contacted the BBC for a statement about the rumor Eccleston had been involved, but pulled out of, the anniversary episode. An official source from the BBC said:

Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven’s plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode. After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best.

So, that settles it, right? I mean, barring this being a huge, misdirecting ruse of course. I’m a little bummed, it would have been fun to at least have all three modern Doctors together in one episode.

(via Blastr)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."