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Christopher Eccleston officially returning to Doctor Who next year

Published: 10/Aug/2020 6:47 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:21

by Isaac McIntyre

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Christopher Eccleston is officially returning to the world of Doctor Who as the ninth doctor, more than fifteen years after his one-series run that relaunched the BBC juggernaut, the 56-year-old English star has confirmed.

Eccleston first played the Time Lord all the way back in 2005, alongside series regular Billie Piper, who starred in two seasons. Russell T Davies led the long-awaited Doctor Who revival.

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The 56-year-old departed the relaunched show after just a single 13-episode run, in part due to a loss of “faith and trust and belief” in the producers and showrunner Davies. Eccleston also admitted he is “not a natural light comedian” and didn’t suit the lighthearted role.

He appears to have put that loathing for his time starring in the show behind him, however, to return 15 years later. Christopher Eccleston will star as the Ninth Doctor in a new audio series from BBC Studios and Big Finish, set to air from May 2021.

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Details on the twelve-part story, as well as writers and potential guest cast, have not yet been announced by Big Finish or the BBC. The total volume collection can already be set aside for preorder on Big Finish’s website, however.

Christopher Eccleston originated the role of the Ninth Doctor during the series' revival in 2005.
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Christopher Eccleston originated the role of the Ninth Doctor during the series’ revival in 2005.

Eccleston admitted in a co-release from the audio series producers that he was “excited” to be returning to the role he originated back in 2005. “After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing,” he said.

Big Finish chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery also revealed discussions for Eccleston’s return had started earlier this year. He had tapped the former Time Lord actor on the shoulder regarding a return at the Gallifrey One convention in February.

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“Christopher said he was enjoying meeting the fans and was pleased that his Doctor was remembered so fondly.  He indicated he would be open to discussing a project with Big Finish,” the Big Finish chairman explained.

“Over recent months, ideas have been exchanged and discussions had. I am so pleased that Christopher has decided to return ⁠— and I’m excited to welcome him to the Big Finish family as we discover the new adventures of the Ninth Doctor.”

Doctor Who fans will get 12 more audio episodes about Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor.
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Doctor Who fans will get 12 more audio episodes about Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor.

Eccleston turned down the opportunity to return as the Ninth Doctor during the show’s 50th-anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” back in 2013. It’s unclear if he has changed his mind on live-action appearances for the character.

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Dr Who’s thirteenth season is just over the horizon, though no release date has been officially locked in. Jodie Whittaker is expected to return for her third series, while showrunner Chris Chibnall said there are already “big plans” for Season 13.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
Legendary Entertainment
Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.