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Doctor PHEW! Muscular Christopher Eccleston, 57, enjoys a jog ahead of his return to Doctor Who

He is due to return for 12 new Doctor Who audio adventures in 2022. 

And Christopher Eccleston was spotted looking fit and healthy as he displayed his muscular biceps in a black vest on Wednesday.

The Doctor Who alum, 57, – who is ready to reprise the role of the ninth Doctor – sported lycra bicycle shorts while out for a jog around North London

Looking good: Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston was spotted looking fit and healthy as he displayed his muscular biceps in a black vest on Wednesday

Looking good: Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston was spotted looking fit and healthy as he displayed his muscular biceps in a black vest on Wednesday

Looking good: Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston was spotted looking fit and healthy as he displayed his muscular biceps in a black vest on Wednesday

The two-time BAFTA Award nominee donned a buzz cut as he pounded the pavement. 

The Ninth Doctor Adventures will be produced by Big Finish and follow Christopher’s Doctor before the 2005 series. 

He took on the role of the Doctor during the first season of the much loved sci-fi series. 

The adventures will release in four box sets released throughout 2022 and 2023 as CDs, digital downloads, or limited edition vinyl LPs.

He's back! The Doctor Who alum, 57, -who is ready to reprise the role of the ninth Doctor for an audiobook - sported lycra bicycle shorts while out for a jog around North London

He's back! The Doctor Who alum, 57, -who is ready to reprise the role of the ninth Doctor for an audiobook - sported lycra bicycle shorts while out for a jog around North London

He’s back! The Doctor Who alum, 57, -who is ready to reprise the role of the ninth Doctor for an audiobook – sported lycra bicycle shorts while out for a jog around North London

In an announcement on the official Doctor Who website Christopher said: ‘Just before Christmas in 2020, I walked into a small recording studio in an industrial estate in North London. 

‘Me and the sound engineer looked at each other and we smiled and say, ‘Let’s go!’ Then I started playing the Ninth Doctor again, and I loved it.

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It’s been one of the great joys for me of the past year. It’s a lovely way to do it, so I’m coming back to record more.’  

Christopher left the role of Doctor Who after appearing for just one series in 2005, despite being praised by fans for her performance as the Time Lord.   

Honest: Christopher left the role of Doctor Who after appearing for just one series in 2005, despite being praised by fans for her performance as the Time Lord, as he battled anorexia

Honest: Christopher left the role of Doctor Who after appearing for just one series in 2005, despite being praised by fans for her performance as the Time Lord, as he battled anorexia

Honest: Christopher left the role of Doctor Who after appearing for just one series in 2005, despite being praised by fans for her performance as the Time Lord, as he battled anorexia 

The series gripped viewers with the return of the infamous Daleks, the debut of Captain Jack (played by John Barrowman) and the Doctor’s blossoming romance with Rose Tyler. 

But the end of series one saw Christopher’s Doctor regenerate, with David Tennant taking over the role for the second series in 2006.

Since his departure, the actor has candidly revealed that he battled anorexia during filming for the sci-fi drama, and was praised by fans for bravely revealing his mental health struggles.

Writing in his book I Love The Bones Of You, he said: ‘The illness is still there raging within me as the Doctor.

‘People love the way I look in that series, but I was very ill. The reward for that illness was the part. And therein lies the perpetuation of the whole sorry situation.’    

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He recently played criminal organiser Fagin in the 10-part BBC drama Dodger.

Fagin – one of the main characters in the original 1838 Oliver Twist novel – is the leader of a group of children who he teaches to pickpocket in exchange for shelter.  

Saira Choudhry, 31, who is best known for playing Anita Roy in Hollyoaks and Tegan in Paul Abbott’s No Offence, takes on the role of Nancy who is a member of Fagin’s gang and Bill Sikes’ lover. 

Shameless star David Threlfall, 67, played chief of police Sir Charles Rowan in the series, while child actor Billy Jenkins, 14, – who was in The Crown – also features in the new drama. 

The series, which will appear on CBBC and BBC iPlayer, has been written by Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery, while Charlie Higson has also guest-written an episode.

Oliver Twist is Charles Dickens’ second novel, and was published as a serial from 1837 to 1839. 

New project! He recently played criminal organiser Fagin in the 10-part BBC drama Dodger

New project! He recently played criminal organiser Fagin in the 10-part BBC drama Dodger

New project! He recently played criminal organiser Fagin in the 10-part BBC drama Dodger

It was released as a three-volume book in 1838, before the serialisation ended.

The story centres around orphan Oliver who was born in a workhouse and sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker.

After escaping, Oliver travels to London, where he meets the ‘Artful Dodger’ Jack Dawkins, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by Fagin. 

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Christopher said of the upcoming series: ‘Fagin is an iconic role, I’m a very fortunate actor.

‘Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery have taken Charles Dickens’ extraordinary characters and imagined a whole new world and lives for them. I’m very, very excited.’

Thomas, who is also co-directing the series, said: ‘I have always loved Oliver Twist but wasn’t so keen on Oliver himself. I preferred the company of Dodger, Fagin and the gang. 

‘I thought it would be fun to create a family show with Dodger at its heart and see how he came to be a master criminal in Victorian London.

‘Working with the very best material as a springboard, it’s a total delight to expand Dickens’ rich world of characters and create a few of my own.

‘To top it all, we have an incredible cast who are starring in the show. I can’t wait for families all over the world to see it!’  

For help and support with eating disorders contact SEED on (01482) 718130 or visit www.seedeatingdisorders.org.uk   

Great cast: Saira Choudhry (pictured) who is best known for playing Anita Roy in Hollyoaks and Tegan in Paul Abbott's No Offence, takes on the role of Nancy who is a member of Fagin's gang and Bill Sikes' lover

Great cast: Saira Choudhry (pictured) who is best known for playing Anita Roy in Hollyoaks and Tegan in Paul Abbott's No Offence, takes on the role of Nancy who is a member of Fagin's gang and Bill Sikes' lover

Great cast: Saira Choudhry (pictured) who is best known for playing Anita Roy in Hollyoaks and Tegan in Paul Abbott’s No Offence, takes on the role of Nancy who is a member of Fagin’s gang and Bill Sikes’ lover

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