Storyboards reveal that time Chris Eccleston was still in Doctor Who's 50th but Billie Piper wasn't

While we're all aware by now Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat had concrete plans to use Christopher Eccleston’s 9th Doctor on the 50th-anniversary special — before the actor pulled the plug on returning, crushing the hopes of many a Whovian — we’ll always be left wondering “What if?” Today, thanks to a few storyboards, we get the hint of a slightly different story if Nine had been a part of "The Day of the Doctor."

Storyboard artist Andrew Wildman, who is a bit of a jack of all trades and has worked on Doctor Who, has recently released a collection of storyboards from "The Day of the Doctor" and "Nightmare in Silver" that he currently sells at comic-book shows. Our colleagues over at Bleeding Cool have nabbed a copy and have posted a few of those very cool storyboards.

As an introduction to his work, Wildman wrote:

My run on the show spanned three Christmas Specials and most of Matt ‘s final season including his ‘regeneration’. That was me pretty much done other than the huge privilege of being asked to work – albeit in a small way – on the 50th Anniversary special. There were going to be three Doctors in this one. The current, 11th Doctor and the previous two. Ok, so it didn’t quite work out that way in the end as we all know. Contracts are an odd thing and in the end show runner and writer supreme, Steven Moffat, had to come up with something… slightly different. At my time of working on the show however it was the three ‘modern age’ Doctors and the current assistant, Clara.

Nip in and take a peek behind the curtain. You may be a little surprised at what you see.

Besides the fact that we wouldn’t have had John Hurt’s War Doctor (Hurt was brought in as a replacement for Eccleston, but you guys already knew that), among the real reveals below are that instead of a returning Billie Piper as The Moment, we would have gotten a young girl. Also, Moffat had plans to use not one, but two Queen Elizabeth the Firsts ... and here we all thought David Tennant's 10th Doctor was in enough trouble with the, um, "Virgin" Queen as it is.

Check out the storyboards below, and let us know what you think.

(via Bleeding Cool)

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