Christopher Eccleston, aka, the Ninth Doctor ended his Doctor’s celebrations at the British Film Institute, with a love letter to the Doctor and the BFI.
Eccleston and his companion for his 2005 tenure as our favourite Time Lord, Billie Piper, couldn’t be at the BFI screening of “Bad Wolf” and “The Parting of Ways” but director Joe Ahearne, producer Phil Collinson, and “The Long Game” actor Bruno Langley (who played Adam) all joined host Justin Johnson for the event.
Collinson spoke candidly about his friendship with Russel T. Davies, who was the show-runner for the program when it was rebooted. He and Ahearne also admitted that they were both avid fan-boys and Ahearne debunked popular internet rumours that he was born on November 23, 1963, the day the first episode ever was aired.
Ahearne directed five episodes in Eccleston’s era and in the note, the actor praises him and even goes so far as to joke about a possible return for the show’s 100th anniversary.
Here’s the full note:
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, missus.
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.
In April, the BBC denied that Eccleston had pulled out of the 50th anniversary special at the eleventh hour. In fact, the actor, who has had a long standing feud with a few of the crew which is why he left the show in the first place, hadn’t even been signed on in the first place.
The BBC stated that, “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.”
Eccleston is currently filming a program for ITV called Lucan with actor Rory Kinnear.