The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor stands as the best anniversary serial since The Three Doctors in 1973, and a creative tent pole for the Steven Moffat era of the revived TV show. In it, we saw a good many Doctors, both new and old. David Tennant returned to join Matt Smith on an adventure with John Hurt’s War Doctor to clarify much of what occurred in the period between Classic Doctor Who and the birth of the modern series. Along the way, we got some great surprises: Tom Baker returning to the show for the first time since 1981, Paul McGann getting some tantalizingly good official BBC screen time showing the Eight Doctor’s final moments in The Night of the Doctor, and all the Doctors, both Classic and new, appearing at the episode’s climax.
Fans were also left with a question: why was Christopher Eccleston‘s image used along with the other Doctors to save the planet Gallifrey but not used during the War Doctor’s regeneration sequence just a few minutes later? Eccleston’s non-participation in The Day Of The Doctor was long known, and respectfully handled by both Eccleston and show runner Steven Moffat in the press. Yet, the choice to use his face in one place but not the other seemed curious.
Continue reading to see what Moffat had to say about the decision.
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