Huge news for Doctor Who fans as Christopher Eccleston has confirmed his return to the world of Doctor Who after fifteen years. Eccleston played the ninth incarnation of the character in the relaunch of the series, back in 2005. He regenerated into David Tennant’s version of the Doctor after just one season.
Now, teaming up with Big Finish Productions and BBC Studios, Eccleston will be returning for twelve full-cast audio adventures. They are to be released across four box sets and will be released, beginning in May 2021.
Christopher Eccleston comments on coming back to the world of Doctor Who:
‘After 15 years it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing.’
Big Finish’s chairman, Jason Haigh-Ellery explained how he got Eccleston to consider coming back to the role of the Doctor:
‘I first talked to Christopher about returning to the role of the Doctor at the Gallifrey One convention in February this year. Christopher said he was enjoying meeting the fans and was pleased that his Doctor was remembered so fondly. He indicated he would be open to discussing a project with Big Finish.
And then the pandemic happened and time moved both quickly and very slowly. Over recent months, ideas have been exchanged and discussions had. 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.’
Big Finish’s Creative Director, Nicholas Briggs – who also voices the Daleks in the series – has added:
‘Working with Chris was a very special time for me. The beginning of my Doctor Who TV career. So, writing for and directing him feels incredibly exciting. He’s such a powerful performer and it’ll be amazing to work with him again.’
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It’s not clear yet who will be joining Christopher Eccleston on his audio adventures, and story details remain likewise under wraps.
All four volumes are available for pre-order – as collector’s edition CD’s, digital downloads or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyls – on the Big Finish website.
Source: Big Finish