Chris reflects on his “tragic” Who exit
Christopher Eccleston has described his brief Doctor Who tenure as “tragic” whilst admitting that he would’ve liked to have played the iconic role for longer.
The actor bowed out as the Ninth Doctor back in 2005 after helming the show’s critically acclaimed comeback to our screens. While he has since remained tight-lipped about the reasons behind his impromptu exit after one series, he has previously revealed that he “didn’t enjoy” the atmosphere behind the scenes, a sentiment he has expanded on during a recent interview with Australian radio show Drive.
He explained: “The first series of any show is always difficult, but it’s important that you make an informed and intelligent choice, even if it means breaking the budget, about the first director. They are the one who is going to set the tone for the entire series, and the way the actors can relate. That unfortunately didn’t happen for me, and it was a disaster.”
However, he affirmed that he will always be ”very proud” of his association with the series, harbouring “regret” that it ended so soon. “It was ultimately a badly organised and badly produced series,” he said. “But I made it through the chaos, and the show has survived.”
What do you make of Chris’s latest comments? Do you wish his Doctor had stayed longer?