Christopher Eccleston rules out return to Doctor Who

Christopher EcclestonChristopher Eccleston has ruled out returning to the Doctor Who in the future.

The actor played the 9th Doctor when the series was revived by the BBC in 2005. Eccleston starred alongside Billie Piper for one season before bowing out and being replaced by David Tennant. The actor’s portrayal as the Doctor was widely praised by critics and fans alike. At the time it was reported the actor quit Doctor Who because of the heavy work schedule but it later emerged Eccleston had only signed up for the one series and only intended to do one if the show was a success or not.

In an interview with Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 Eccleston discussed how he got the role of the 9th Doctor and why he enjoyed playing the character.

“I heard Russell was going to do Doctor Who and I thought, ‘That’s quite strange….When I heard he was writing it, I emailed him and said I’d like to play the part. I went after the part…..The thing about The Doctor is, he’s very inclusive. He doesn’t see the alien in aliens and I loved that about him. Also the fact that he’s never at home. He’s a Time Lord and he’s always, always falling though the universe. When I Billie Piper and Christopher Ecclestonthought about that, I thought I could play that.” – Christopher Eccleston speaking to Graham Norton

When Norton raised the question about Eccleston returning to Doctor Who, possibly for the shows 50th anniversary in 2013, the actor said he wouldn’t be interested in returning, saying “No, I never bathe in the same river twice“. Eccleston’s words may disappoint some Doctor Who fans who were hoping for all the remaining Doctors (the actors that are still alive) to appear on-screen together ala The Three Doctors (10th anniversary) and The Five Doctors (the 20th anniversary) for the show’s big 50th anniversary in 2013.