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Thursday, 21 February, 2002, 11:55 GMT
Duchovny returns to close X-Files
David Duchovny was in eight series of the X-Files
David Duchovny was in eight series of the X-Files
David Duchovny has agreed to appear in the final episodes of cult TV programme The X-Files.

The actor will reprise his role of Fox Mulder, the character he played for eight of the programme's nine series.

He will also direct one of the shows last episodes leading up to the two-hour finale which will be shown in May in the US.

Duchovny's on-screen chemistry with Gillian Anderson, who played Dana Scully, helped make the show a huge worldwide hit.


We want to go out on top - we wanted to go out as a strong show

X-Files creator Chris Carter
The drama series about the supernatural first appeared in September 1993 and made stars of the then relatively unknown Duchovny and Anderson.

However Duchovny decided that after eight series he would leave and the programme makers drafted in Terminator 2 star Robert Patrick as his replacement.

The last five episodes of The X-Files will tie up the show's long-running conspiracy and alien storylines.

Success

Chris Carter, who invented the concept of the series, recently said that he wanted the show to finish while it still had creative vitality.

He said: "We want to go out on top - we wanted to go out as a strong show.

"I'd like to think the show is still one of the most imaginative on television."

The programme spawned a movie in 1998 and a second film is being planned.

Both Duchovny and Anderson have enjoyed some success on the big screen in their own rights.

He has starred in Evolution and Zoolander, while she has appeared in art house hits The House of Mirth and Playing By Heart.

The ninth series of the X-Files starts on Sky One in April with BBC Two tentatively scheduling it for the autumn.

See also:

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Gillian Anderson to 'quit X-Files'
18 May 01 | TV and Radio
Duchovny quits X-Files
21 Jul 00 | Entertainment
Terminator man joins X-Files
23 Jan 01 | Entertainment
X-Files makers fined for fatal accident
18 May 01 | Showbiz
Duchovny's droll appeal
18 May 00 | Entertainment
Duchovny agrees X-Files deal
06 Aug 98 | Sci/Tech
X-Files are an old joke
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