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‘Doctor Who': Steven Moffat FINALLY Reveals Why Christopher Eccleston Was Missing From The 50th Anniversary Special

24/11/2015 11:20 GMT | Updated 24/11/2015 11:59 GMT

‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has finally answered a question that has puzzled fans for two years - why wasn’t Christopher Eccleston in the 50th anniversary special?

Christopher’s absence in the 2013 episode 'The Day Of The Doctor' didn’t go unnoticed with viewers at the time, and Steven has now revealed that he did his best to convince the actor to appear in the show.

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Christopher Eccleston

During a chat with Radio Times, Steven explains that he rewrote the episode’s script at Christopher’s request, but he still ended up declining the offer.

"I started a version of it but I got to a point where I could go no further unless it was going to be him," he tells the magazine.

“I went for another meeting with him and he decided no. His reasons are his business and he’s a very private man.

"But it’s reasonable to say he really cares about ‘Doctor Who’."

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Steven Moffat

Steven then had to rewrite the episode, which was simulcast in November 2013, being screened in various cinemas, as well as on TV in over 90 countries.

Christopher quit the hit show after just one series back in 2005, and he later admitted that he didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with bosses.

"I don't think it's important that I left - I think it's important that I did it in the first place.

"Myself and three individuals at the very top of the pyramid clashed so off I went,” he said in July. “But they're not here to say their side of it so I'm not going into detail."

Read Steven’s full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times.

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