Former Doctor Who lead Christopher Eccleston is reprising his role as The Ninth Doctor for the first time in 16 years – and fans are more than a little pleased.
Eccleston will voice the Time Lord for a series of audio adventures for Big Finish, and fans are expressing their approval and support using the Twitter hashtag #EcclestonOurDoctor.
“I wouldn’t be a Doctor Who fan without him. He was my first Doctor, and he’s always had a special place in my heart. I have a huge amount of respect for the integrity he’s shown over the years and the passion he has for his work,” one fan wrote.
I wouldn’t be a Doctor Who fan without him. He was my first Doctor, and he’s always had a special place in my heart. I have a huge amount of respect for the integrity he’s shown over the years and the passion he has for his work. He also takes the best selfies #EcclestonOurDoctor pic.twitter.com/OdMIJKKOBX— Connor (@ConnorTheWho) April 9, 2021
Other fans praised him for providing their introduction to the sci-fi series, when he played the Ninth Doctor in the show’s Noughties revival.
“Christopher Eccleston is my Doctor. The first Doctor I ever watched. His captivating, no-nonsense portrayal was perfect for when the show re-launched in 2005. His performance immediately got rid of peoples misconceptions about the show,” said another fan on Twitter.
The Twitter hashtag also appears to be in part a response to some negative backlash on social media following Eccleston’s recent interview with Doctor Who Magazine, in which he said of his Doctor Who audio return: “First of all, I mean, it’s not a fashionable thing to say and because we’re all English we don’t talk about these things, but I’m an actor and the way I pay my mortgage and support my children is by acting.” He added: “So it’s paid work.”
Speaking to Den of Geek, Eccleston previously revealed some of his hopes for the audio series – including female villains.
“I think it’s time for the doctor to meet the Cyberwomen in the 21st Century. We’ve had enough Cybermen,” he said.