The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who has come and gone so now the only speculation is over what it could have been with additional actors. One of those missing from the episode was Christopher Eccleston and now Steven Moffat is letting loose the details on the role he would have played. According to an interview he did with Doctor Who Magazine, Eccleston would have played John Hurt’s character, but with a few twists to make it fit the story.
“I was always nervous of that one, because it doesn’t fit with [2005’s] Rose at all.
“[Eccleston] is a brand new Doctor in Rose, he’s absolutely, definitely new. It couldn’t have been is who pushed the button in the Time War, cos that’s a new man, very explicitly, in that episode. I also had trouble, I have to be honest, imagining it being Paul McGann’s Doctor.
“So all of this led me to the idea that if you’re going to sell to the Not-We audience a Doctor who essentially they haven’t seen before, then you have a freer hand than saying it has to be one of the ones you’ve already had. And it was predicated in getting an enormous star to be able to do it. We got John Hurt, so that was cool! Think of the fuss it’s created for us!”
John Hurt did make for an amazing Doctor, but one can’t help but wonder what it all would have been like if Eccleston had only said yes.