Christopher Eccleston plays Doctor Who to help a young couple get engaged

Christopher Eccleston has played Doctor Who again – as he helped a young couple to get engaged.

Breaking his habit of never speaking about the sci-fi series which he quit acrimoniously in 2005, the actor was spotted helping a young couple in a New York cafe to get engaged.

Eccleston, who last week appeared in Sky’s new drama Fortitude, is filmed telling the surprised girl: “Hello Mary fantastic to meet you,” before adding, “I’ve brought the Tardis with me - the Tardis is just at the bottom there.”

As the girl’s astonishment grows, he tells her: “I’ve also got an assistant who I’m just going to go and get.” He then returns with her boyfriend who produces a ring and pops the question, prompting her to burst into tears as she agrees.

A friend is heard declaring to the groom-to-be: “You were brave to do that in front of Mr Eccleston.”

Afterwards the pleased-looking actor tells the group that he was in the cafe with his wife, who is sitting nearby.