CHRISTOPHER Eccleston is set to return as the Time Lord in Doctor Who next year – despite claiming he’d never go back to the role.
It comes a whopping 15 years after the actor, 56, first appeared on our screens in the BBC science fiction series with Billie Piper as his companion.
The new audio series, which is to be released in May next year, is called The Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures and produced by Big Finish.
Back in 2013 Chris made it clear that he didn’t want to return to the show after declining to take part in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, alongside all the other Time Lords.
And after such a catastrophic year, it looks like there is some good news for Doctor Who fans out there after Christopher changed his mind.
Speaking about his new role, he said: “After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing.”
Viewers of the sci-fi drama were left upset and confused when Christopher left the show and David Tennant took over in 2005 after one series.
He later went on to explain in his autobiography, I Love the Bones of You: My Father And The Making Of Me, that he had been suffering with body dysmorphia and depression while filming for the show.
Chris wrote: “People love the way I look in that series, but I was very ill.”
“The reward for that illness was the part. And therein lies the perpetuation of the whole sorry situation.”
In 2018, the 56-year-old spoke out about his departure, claiming that he was silenced by the BBC.
During his appearance on Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 show he said: “I made an agreement I would say nothing about my departure.
“And I honoured that because I was looking after the production.”
Despite his troubles, his success on the show saw him named the third-most-popular Doctor by the readers of the Doctor Who magazine in 2006.
Speaking about Chris reprising his role, Big Finish chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “I first talked to Christopher about returning to the role of the Doctor at a fan convention in February this year.
“Christopher said he was enjoying meeting the fans and was pleased that his Doctor was remembered so fondly
“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.”
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures will be available in May 2021.