Christopher Eccleston tribute message to the BFI.
Christopher Eccleston has paid tribute to Doctor Who in a special message read out to the audience at the BFI’s retrospective of the Ninth Doctor’s era.
The event is the latest in the BFI’s “Doctor Who at 50” year long celebrations for the 50th Anniversary, looking back at each era of the show. The Ninth Doctor event, held yesterday (24th August) at BFI Southbank in London featured a screening of the final Eccleston story ‘Bad Wolf’ / ‘The Parting of The Ways’.
The event panel included Joe Ahearne (Director), Phil Collinson (Producer) and Bruno Langley (Actor). Although Eccleston did not attend, he sent a written message which was read to the audience by Justin Johnson, the BFI host.
Christopher Eccleston’s message reads:
“I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.”
“If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.”
The BFI has also confirmed that Paul McGann and David Tennant will appear live on stage for the look back at their retrospective eras as The Doctor.
The Tenth Doctor event on Sunday, 29th September will include a screening of the Series 4 two-part finale epiosdes, ‘The Stolen Earth’ and ‘Journey’s End’, while the Eighth Doctor screening of the 1996 TV Movie will be held on Saturday, 5th October.