Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor himself, has somewhat distanced himself from Doctor Who after his brief tenure in 2005 and has earned himself the status of the actor ‘who stopped being the Doctor’.
But at the Ninth Doctor BFI event yesterday, a note from Eccleston was read out, revealing a surprising amount of goodwill towards the show… and a willingness to return for the 100th anniversary:
“I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances.”
“If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.”
Eccleston notably turned down the chance to appear as the Ninth Doctor in the 50th anniversary special, so it’s good to see he still looks back happily on the role.
The Ninth Doctor will return in the ninth Destiny of the Doctor audio, Night of the Whisper, read by Nicholas Briggs and out on 2nd September.