Rumor of the Day: Christopher Eccleston 'pulled out' of Who’s 50th

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Apr 5, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

Were you still hoping that Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor would make it into the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special?

A report from the Daily Star (so please take this with a grain of salt) has claimed that Christopher Eccleston, who played Doctor number Nine back in 2005, has "pulled out" of the Doctor Who big whopping 50th-anniversary shindig after having agreed to star in the special alongside Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and returning Tenth Doctor David Tennant. Right before filming started.

However, Auntie Beeb herself, aka the BBC, has denied those tabloid reports.

The BBC has told Digital Spy that Eccleston was never attached to the upcoming special anniversary episode (to be shot in 3D, no less) with current companion Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, and a returning Billie Piper, in the first place, and that Eccleston’s decision has had no impact on the production of the special.

An official source has 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 make of all that? Is it more dust in our eyes, or is the BBC telling us the truth of it?

(via Digital Spy)