Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston admits he ‘ignores’ show’s timeline amid return

Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston on potential TV return

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Christopher Eccleston took on the role of the Doctor when the BBC sci-fi series was revamped and relaunched in 2005. He appeared alongside Doctor Who companion Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper) for one year before deciding to quit. But after 16 years, Christopher is returning to the Doctor Who universe in Big Finish’s new audio series.

Christopher was replaced by David Tenant after his exit and the Doctor has regenerated many times with Jodie Whittaker as the current and 13th Time Lord.

The new audio series will follow the Doctor as he travels space and time before meeting Rose.

While fans have been desperate to see Christopher return as the Doctor for some time, the actor has been reluctant.

Explaining why it was time to return, he simply said: “It was paid work.”

As filming for the 13th season of Doctor Who is underway, Christopher explained that it wasn’t difficult to find the voice of the Doctor again because the “writing was good”.

Speaking about the confusing timeline of the series, Christopher admitted to Den of Geek he “just ignores it”.

He said: “We’ve just recorded an episode for instance where the Brigadier is saying to him, ‘You remember, you came to my retirement party and then we ended up on Gallifrey,’ and he said, ‘No, I don’t remember.’

“An essential quality of him is he’s entirely in the moment.”

“He can become Peter Capaldi, he can become Jodie Whittaker, he can become Jon Pertwee,” he added.

“Hopefully, he can’t become Boris Johnson. I don’t refer to any of that [canon]. My Doctor is very much in the moment.”

Last month, the first trailer was released for the new Doctor Who adventure, which is due to come out this May.

Three separate stories will see the Ninth Doctor accompanied by a new mysterious companion named Audrey (Jayne McKenna).

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Together, they will be facing rogue centurions, giant metal monsters and mind-wiping creatures in a story arc titled Ravagers.

Three stories, Sphere of Freedom, Cataclysm and Food Fight make up the collection.

The stories will be penned by Nicholas Briggs, who fans of the show will recognise as the voice of most of its villainous creatures, including Daleks, Cybermen and Zygons.

In a previous interview, Christopher spoke with Lorraine Kelly about the possibility of a TV return.

“I know what you’re getting at, Lorraine, but… only when hell freezes over,” he answered.

But the job might open up again soon since rumours have been making the rounds about Jodie Whittaker quitting her run as the Doctor at the end of the current season.

There have been a lot of rumours floating about as to who could replace the Time Lord, including the likes of Death In Paradise star Kris Marshall and It’s A Sin’s Olly Alexander.

I May Destroy You actress Michaela Coel and Maxine Peake have also been rumoured to replace Jodie.

Along with Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, who has also been throw into the mix.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One later this year.

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