Chris reflects on his “tragic” Who exit

September 8th, 2016

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?

2 comments on this article
  1. Freddy Jones
    September 8th, 2016 at 7.16pm | #1

    It would be nice if he had stayed longer, but… I’m glad he didn’t, because if he had remained unhappy that would have sucked for him and I think it would have begun to show on-screen. Given that Chris still refuses to really interact with the show and fandom (see: 50th anniv special), I wonder if a second season would have had him leaving with a grudge towards the show.

  2. JC
    September 10th, 2016 at 9.18am | #2

    I kind of have to separate the 9th Doctor and Christopher Eccleston in my head, because otherwise his bitterness about whatever happened behind the scenes would cloud how I think about his Doctor, which would be a shame because I liked his incarnation. My only regret is that, even if he didn’t want to be in the 50th Anniversary episode, he couldn’t have come back only for the John Hurt regeneration.

    It’s been 11 years now. The 9th Doctor is a long way behind us and I get that he hated it. I think it’s just time to leave this issue behind.

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