Christopher Eccleston is playing Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Christopher Eccleston will take on the iconic role credit:Bang Showbiz
Christopher Eccleston will take on the iconic role credit:Bang Showbiz

Christopher Eccleston has been cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol'.

The former 'Doctor Who' star will travel back to Victorian times as he treads the boards at London's Old Vic theatre in Jack Thorne's adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved novella.

He said: "As a child, I read and watched every and any version of 'A Christmas Carol' because of a fascination with Scrooge’s psychology.

"As a young actor, I read everything I could about the legendary Old Vic.

"I’m a very lucky man to be part of this production and cannot wait to meet our audiences."

Thorne is known for his work on the likes of 'His Dark Materials' and 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'.

The production will start on November 11 later this year, and run until January 6, 2024.

Matthew Warchus - who first directed Thorne's take on the classic story when it debuted at the same theatre six years ago - will once again be at the helm.

In the past, the likes of Rhys Ifans, Paterson Joseph, Stephen Tompkinson, Stephen Mangan, Andrews Lincoln and Owen Teale have taken on the role at the Old Vic.

The synopsis reads: "A Christmas Carol fills the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment.

"A unique staging immerses the audience in London’s longest running adaptation of this beloved festive favourite."

This year, Eccleston is coming together with fellow 'Doctor Who' alum David Tennant, Tom Baker, Paul McGann, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy on a new audio series.

The stars – who have played various incarnations of the Time Lord – will all feature in Big Finish's eight-part adventure 'Doctor Who: Once and Future' to mark 60 years of the sci-fi show.

The series will be released monthly with the first seven parts released between May and October 2023 before the concluding installment becomes available in November 2024.

Producer David Richardson previously said: "An astonishing array of talent has come aboard to be a part of this epic eight-hour anniversary story. It's a huge 'Doctor Who' party and a massive celebration that has been years in the making."