CHRISTOPHER Eccleston has explained why he refused to take part in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.
The special venture saw the Doctors from the revival era reunited: Matt Smith, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi, along with the legendary Tom Baker.
However, there was one notable exception, as Eccleston turned down the project.
Up until now the snub has been cloaked in mystery, however the actor finally revealed his motived at Comic Con in Portland, Oregon.
“When [The Day of the Doctor] came along I did speak to them,” he said.
“I didn’t feel that what they were asking me to do did justice to the Ninth Doctor. So I said no,” he added, according to the Radio Times.
Writer Steven Moffat had originally planned for the Ninth Doctor to be the one to trigger the end of the Time War by sacrificing his own planet Gallifrey.
This would’ve been in contravention of the lore established in Russell T Davies’ years on the show.
To get around Eccleston’s absence, the figure of the War Doctor was created as an incarnation manifesting between the Eight and Ninth Doctors, when he was in his darkest place.
Ecclestone previously threatened to sue the BBC over his show departure, alleging that a quote was mis-attributed to him in a press release.
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As an actor, he also claimed he “was abandoned, vilified in the tabloid press and blacklisted”.
In his new autobiography, he revealed how he battled anorexia during filming and even teetered on suicide when he was at his lowest.