‘Doctor Who’ fans can now get a glimpse into how the show’s 50th anniversary special might have looked if Christopher Eccleston had agreed to return.
Former showrunner Steven Moffat included Eccleston’s ninth Doctor in the first draft of ‘The Day of the Doctor,’ but rewrote the script to feature John Hurt’s War Doctor instead when Eccleston decided not to return for the multi-Doctor story.
Now, a script from the earlier draft will be released for the first time, and it’s all for a very good cause. The excerpt will appear in ‘A Second Target For Tommy,’ a collection of ‘Doctor Who’ short stories being published by Obverse Books. As many Whovians know, ‘Scream Street’ creator, ‘Beano’ writer, and ‘Doctor Who’ author Tommy Donbavand has been battling cancer, and the proceeds from the collection will support Donbavand.
The book follows the original ‘A Target For Tommy,’ which was published in 2016. In addition to Moffat’s exclusive script excerpt, ‘A Second Target For Tommy’ will feature stories from over two dozen more writers.
As if the charitable cause weren’t enough, the collection gives fans a chance to read some new ‘Doctor Who’ stories while waiting out the many months until Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor. Plus, getting to see what could’ve been for ‘Doctor Who’s’ 50th anniversary special is definitely a unique opportunity…especially for Eccleston fans!
The collection is available to buy from Obverse Books. For more on Donbavand, you can check out his blog, Tommy vs Cancer, here!