Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has been loving his return as the Ninth Doctor after previously being adamant he would never reprise the role.
Fans were stunned when it was revealed that Accused actor Christopher would be revisiting the character, which he only played on-screen for one series, for Big Finish’s upcoming audio dramas.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk, executive producer Nick Briggs (who also voices the Daleks for Doctor Who) revealed how he’s getting on.
‘He’s really joyous about it,’ Nick explained. ‘He said within two minutes of doing it, he was back in the zone, back there with the character.
‘And he was very flattering to me – I’d written the script. He said, “You’ve really captured the character as I played him and it’s the way he spoke.”‘
Nick went on to explain that Christopher, 56, has definitely brought his sense of humour with him, adding: ‘It’s been really lovely, actually. He’s made us laugh a lot. And he’s been singing quite a bit as well. He’s a real music enthusiast.’
The voice actor, who has worked on Doctor Who since Russell T Davies brought it back to screens in 2005, explained that one of his favourite parts of voicing the Daleks is, naturally, the reaction it gets.
As it turns out, Christopher and his co-star Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) had one of the best reactions to Nick’s Dalek voice when they turned up late to a read-through one day.
‘He tells the story of how, when he came rushing into a read-through that he and Billie Piper were late for, they didn’t see me with my microphone,’ Nick explained.
‘And then he got to the scene, the first scene with the Dalek, and I started doing the voice and my voice was coming out of a speaker with the effect on and he said he and Billie jumped out of their skins [like] “What on earth is going on?!” And the whole room burst into spontaneous applause.’
Christopher will feature in 12 new audio episodes, which are set to drop next year.
‘After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing,’ the actor explained at the time.
He enthralled fans with his portrayal of the Time Lord, but was sadly only on screens for one series before David Tennant took over in 2005.
However, he’s made it clear he’s got no plans to return to the main show, joking to Lorraine Kelly that it would only happen ‘when hell freezes over’.
Big Finish’s Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures series is released in 2021, and Revolution of the Daleks airs on New Year’s Day on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.