David Tennant made his Doctor Who debut 9 years ago today, as Christopher Eccleston bowed out in ‘The Parting of the Ways’.

Steven Moffat has explained why John Hurt’s regeneration in The Day of the Doctor was cut before Christopher Eccleston’s face appeared.

Speaking in Doctor Who Magazine issue 473, Moffat said the main reason was “human decency.”

He elaborated: “It was one thing to include [Christopher Eccleston] among all the other archive Doctors, as they flew in to save the day - in fact, it would have been disgraceful to have left anyone out, but placing him in that scene might have given the impression he’d actually turned up for filming, which would have been crossing the line.”

He added: “Not taking part in the 50th was a difficult decision for Chris, taken after a lot of thought and with great courtesy, and not respecting his wishes would have been grossly unprofessional and disrespectful to a good man and a great Doctor. Number 9 may not have turned up for the celebrations, but there would have been no party without him.”

Steven Moffat has explained why John Hurt’s regeneration in The Day of the Doctor was cut before Christopher Eccleston’s face appeared.

Speaking in Doctor Who Magazine issue 473, Moffat said the main reason was “human decency.”

He elaborated: “It was one thing to include [Christopher Eccleston] among all the other archive Doctors, as they flew in to save the day - in fact, it would have been disgraceful to have left anyone out, but placing him in that scene might have given the impression he’d actually turned up for filming, which would have been crossing the line.”

He added: “Not taking part in the 50th was a difficult decision for Chris, taken after a lot of thought and with great courtesy, and not respecting his wishes would have been grossly unprofessional and disrespectful to a good man and a great Doctor. Number 9 may not have turned up for the celebrations, but there would have been no party without him.”