This is what Doctor Who's 50th anniversary episode was supposed to look like

If you're a Doctor Who fan, there's a good chance you know that when Steven Moffat was developing the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, the showrunner approached Christopher Eccleston (who played the ninth Doctor) about returning for the episode. Ultimately the actor declined, and Moffat went on to craft John Hurt's War Doctor instead.

However, thanks to some newly unveiled storyboards from artist Andrew Wildman which first surfaced on Bleeding Cool, we now have some idea of how Eccleston's Doctor would have factored in to the plot. Check them out below...

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To see more of his storyboards, you'll need to track down Mr Wildman at a convention near you. For now, feel free to speculate on what might have been...

Doctor Who will return with a Christmas special in December 2016. Season 10 is expected to air in 2017.

Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.