Christopher Eccleston to play reprise role in new Doctor Who series

Christopher Eccleston is set to reprise his role as Doctor Who in an audio series, despite once saying he would never go back.

According to Metro UK, the actor, who first played the role on television in 2005, will feature in 12 episodes of the series, which will be released next year.

‘After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing,’ the actor explained.

In 2005, Doctor Who was revived with Eccleston filling the boots of the Time Lord, and despite fantastic reviews, the actor pulled out and was replaced by David Tennant.

At the time, there was a lot of speculation surrounding the star’s departure, although while speaking on Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 show in 2018, the 56-year-old claimed he was silenced by the BBC.

‘I made an agreement I would say nothing about my departure,’ he explained. ‘And I honoured that because I was looking after the production.’

He also reportedly told The daily Record at the time that he’s ‘had enough’.

Information about other cast members for the audio series has not been released yet.

Speaking about Chris reprising his role, Big Finish chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery began: ‘I first talked to Christopher about returning to the role of the Doctor at a fan convention in February this year.

‘Christopher said he was enjoying meeting the fans and was pleased that his Doctor was remembered so fondly.

‘I am so pleased that Christopher has decided to return to the role with us – and I’m excited to welcome him to the Big Finish family as we discover the new adventures of the Ninth Doctor.’

The first volume of the series will be available in May 2021.

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