Doctor Who 50th: Christopher Eccleston refused to take part

9th Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston didn’t want to appear in the 50th anniversary special

Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor
Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor

Refuting the Daily Star‘s claim that 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston bailed out of the 90-minute Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, the BBC revealed that he had been approached about the episode but declined to take part.

“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.”

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