Fifteen years after exiting the revived series after a single run of episodes as the Time Lord, Christopher Eccleston is set for a return to the world of Doctor Who and will reprise his role as the Ninth Doctor for a series of audio adventures from BBC Studios and Big Finish Productions.
“I first talked to Christopher about returning to the role of the Doctor at a fan convention in February this year,” said Jason Haigh-Ellery, Chairman of Big Finish. “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.”
— Big Finish (@bigfinish) August 9, 2020
“After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing,” added Eccleston, who previously turned down an opportunity to return to the role for the 50th anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and also claimed to have been blacklisted by the BBC following his original exit from the series.
The Ninth Doctor audio dramas will consist of twelve adventures spread across four box sets. The first volume is slated for release in May 2021, and additional castings and story details will be announced later.