Just a week before the Phoenix Fan Fusion pop culture convention kicked off, one of its most famous guests pulled out.
Christopher Eccleston, perhaps better known as the Ninth Doctor on Doctor Whoannounced on May 21 that he would not appear at the event.
In a video that Phoenix Fan Fusion posted to his social media accounts over the weekend, Eccleston explained the schedule change.
“Hello everyone in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon State,” he began. I’m sorry I can’t join you for the con this year. I’m in Varna, Bulgaria shooting a movie called The young woman and the sea with the great Daisy Ridley of star wars … I tried everything, the production tried, but I can’t get out of it.
“I’m especially sad because over the past two years with the pandemic we’ve had so much disruption to our conventions. I’m so sorry to not see you. If I weren’t Chris Eccleston and I was the ninth doctor and i had a blue box and a sonic screwdriver i could do it but i can’t send you all my love i hope you have a great, great prick, and it will be fantastic to see you very soon. Lots of love. Goodbye.”
Participants who had pre-purchased an autograph or photo were refunded.
There are still plenty of actors in the Fan Fusion lineup, including Patrick Warburton, Felicia Day, Kate Mulgrew, Anthony Rapp, and Chuck Norris.
This year, Phoenix Fan Fusion runs from May 27-29. (Click here for the Phoenix New Times event guide.) To purchase passes, autographs and photo ops, visit the Phoenix Fan Fusion website.