It does not seem to be a hoax.
I stopped watching to escape Moffat’s unpleasantness — but this is inescapable and damn near inexcusable. Hartnell was my first doctor, Baker my favourite for years, but Eccleston holds a special place in my memories that is now being retroactively falsified by untrammeled authorial arrogance.
An alternate universe Ninth Doctor? Sure! We have Shalka Doctor, I can deal with that. However, calling a guest spot the Real Ninth Doctor…after Chris refused to take part in the special…wow.
I can only hope now that this ends up a permutation of the David Morrisey ‘next doctor’ situation, as Moffat’s explanation for how the meeting will go down “They Point Their Screwdrivers And Say Timeline Things And Yep He Is Genuine Despite The Fact That I Pulled Him Out Of My Ass Just Now” is cringe-worthy.
It’s like a lame AU fanfiction, except canon
Let’s have Janelle Monae as Twelve and give the show to Neil Gaiman.