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Steven Moffat’s plans for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode were originally very different

July 29th, 2016 by Marc Comments

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While Day of the Doctor, the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, was good, it could have been a very different adventure.

Talking to Doctor Who Magazine, showrunner Steven Moffat reveals that he had several ideas for the 50th and some of them sound pretty awesome.

“The Name of the Doctor, the original version, ends with Matt’s Doctor walking into his time-stream after he’s kissed River, and I didn’t know what was going to come after that, but I knew that it’d leap us into the 50th, even though I didn’t know what the 50th was going to be,” Moffat says.

“At one point, I thought Matt’s Doctor was going to step into his time-stream… and wake up as Christopher Eccleston. The Moment, who wasn’t Billie Piper at that point, would say, ‘So what do you think?’ He’d say, ‘What do you mean? What do I think about what?’ She’d say, ‘That’s what would happen.’”

He does however say that this would not have been permanent and, by the end of everything, it would all have been back to where it started: “Matt and David would have turned up like the Ghosts of Christmas Future,” he jokes.

Seeing Eccleston back would have been great and we’re guessing his reluctance to return was probably a big part of why this didn’t happen.

Would this have been better than the sdventure we got? Let us know what you think…

Source DoctorWho.TV via Doctor Who Insider

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….