Moffat speaks on Christopher Eccleston’s absence from the War Doctor’s regeneration scene
If you go looking, there’s plenty of stories as to why Christopher Eccleston was not really present for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode. As most Doctor Who fans know by now, he still appeared throughout the episode using some archived footage but one portion of his appearances in the episode have remained rather puzzling to some.
Why in the War Doctor regeneration scene is it that we never see Eccleston’s face appear, even though many say they can see it in the eyes? In the new Doctor Who Magazine #473, current Doctor Who Showrunner, Steven Moffat has laid a bit of the details out and explains. The main reason? Well, it’s simple really. “Human decency.”
“It was one thing to include [Eccleston] among all the other archive Doctors, as they flew in to save the day — in fact, it would have been disgraceful to have left anyone out — but placing him in that scene might have given the impression he’d actually turned up for filming, which would have been crossing the line.”
“Not taking part in the 50th was a difficult decision for Chris, taken after a lot of thought and with great courtesy, and not respecting his wishes would have been grossly unprofessional and disrespectful to a good man and a great Doctor. Number 9 may not have turned up for the celebrations, but there would have been no party without him.”
That’s a very reasonable and more importantly, understandable reasoning for it all. Thankfully though, if you REALLY want to see John Hurt’s War Doctor regenerate into Christopher Eccleston’s ninth Doctor there’s a fan made video out there, you can check it out below.
Via: DW TV