It’s somewhat common knowledge that when writing the 50th anniversary special, The Day of The Doctor that Steven Moffat approached former Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston asking if he’d be interested in reprising his role. Whilst it’s said that Eccleston met with Moffat and listened to what he had to say, he ultimately declined the offer, meaning we got to meet John Hurt as the War Doctor. Now Andrew Wildman, one of the storyboard artists for Doctor Who has released some of his storyboards from back when the Ninth Doctor featured in the anniversary special. Speaking on the subject Wildman said
“My run on the show spanned three Christmas Specials and most of Matt ‘s final season including his ‘regeneration’. That was me pretty much done other than the huge privilege of being asked to work – albeit in a small way – on the 50th Anniversary special. There were going to be three Doctors in this one. The current, 11th Doctor and the previous two. Ok, so it didn’t quite work out that way in the end as we all know. Contracts are an odd thing and in the end show runner and writer supreme, Steven Moffat, had to come up with something… slightly different. At my time of working on the show however it was the three ‘modern age’ Doctors and the current assistant, Clara.Nip in and take a peek behind the curtain. You may be a little surprised at what you see.”
It’s also interesting that originally The Moment wasn’t played by Billie Piper but instead by a small girl. Below are a few more storyboard frames from the Ninth Doctor’s time in the special. What do you think? Do you think that the Ninth Doctor should have been in the 50th anniversary or did the revelation of a secret incarnation of the Doctor was more interesting?