Chris Eccleston's returning to Doctor Who after all

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Apr 18, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT (Updated)

Christopher Eccleston, who played the Ninth Doctor on Who, will make a return to the series ... but not exactly as you'd think. Instead, he’ll be a voice from the past.

The actor had been rumored to make a return for Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special that will air in November, but apparently he pulled out of it at the last minute.

The 49-year-old actor will be featured in next week’s episode, titled "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS," that sees the Big Blue Police Box being taken by a spaceship salvage team.

So what will Eccleston’s voice from the past consist of? Apparently we will hear him say: “The assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn't get through these doors, and believe me, they've tried.”

The line is taken from the very first episode of new Doctor Who (back in 2005), titled “Rose,” which also starred Billie Piper as the Doctor’s then-companion Rose Tyler. Both Piper and David Tennant are part of the 50th-anniversary feature-length special, alongside current Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and his newest companion, Clara Oswin, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

A BBC spokesperson recently said: “Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven's plans for the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary episode. After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best.”

What do you think of the manner in which we’ll get a taste of former Doctor Number Nine? Do you like the idea of him being only a voice from the past? Think they could also go down that route for the 50th?

(via Xposé Entertainment)