Doctor Who: Steven Moffat on Christopher Eccleston regeneration

News Simon Brew 2 May 2014 - 06:55

Steven Moffat has been talking about the regeneration we didn't quite get to see in Doctor Who: Day Of The Doctor

This article contains a (slight) spoiler for Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor

In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which is on sale now, Steven Moffat has revealed a little more about the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. In Day Of The Doctor, we see John Hurt beginning to regenerate, right up to the point where Christopher Eccleston should appear. But then the episode cut away, and Steven Moffat has been explaining why.

"It was one thing to include [Christopher Eccleston] among all the other archive Doctors, as they flew in to save the day - in fact, it would have been disgraceful to have left anyone out - but placing him in that scene might have given the impression he'd actually turned up for filming, which would have been crossing the line", Moffat said.

He went on to add that "not taking part in the 50th was a difficult decision for Chris, taken after a lot of thought and with great courtesy, and not respecting his wishes would have been grossly unprofessional and disrespectful to a good man and a great Doctor. Number nine may not have turned up for the celebrations, but there would have been no party without him".

Doctor Who Magazine is on sale now.

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