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Christopher Eccleston on 'Doctor Who' exit: 'My conscience is clear'
He really was fantastic
May 25th 2012 at 9:34pm
I think he is silly for not returning, he really was amazing as the Doctor and he should be proud of that. I hope he changes his mind and comes back at least once.
May 25th 2012 at 6:29pm
The Vile Grin
I thought he brought a breath of fresh air to the show, and was excellent in his portrayal of The Doctor. I certainly liked his grittier Doctor, much more than Tennant's mockney nerd.
May 25th 2012 at 6:08pm
He STANK as The Doctor!!! No enthusiasm, bland humour and poor acting. David Tennant & Matt Smith are out of his League, they both are real The Doctors.
May 25th 2012 at 4:05pm
Yeah what's all this 'politics' about? It's Sci Fi. Is this a Northern thing or a Shakespeare thing? He was a great Doctor but all he does is go on about WHY he left.
Why doesn't he admit it? Without WHO he wouldn't have broken through the barely known label.
CUT THE CRAP Chris. Appear in the 50th if only to celebrate the fact you were the new series FIRST Doctor!
Now stop moaning Mr Chris "eh up".
May 27th 2012 at 10:30pm
You really ought to check your facts before posting such rubbish. Are you really so arrogant as to think that because you had barely heard of someone that they must be unknown to everybody else, In fact, far from Who boosting Eccleson's career, it was the other way around with Eccleson providing a much needed boost for the Who reboot. He was very well known before Who so I'm not sure why you think he 'wouldn't have broken through the barely known label" He was involved with several high profile TV shows and movies and has worked in at least one project every single year since the early 90s. He had a major role in Our Friends in the North, Clocking Off, Cracker, Second Coming, all before Doctor Who, and also had roles in Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Others, and 28 Days Later. Since Doctor Who he has continued to work every year including, Heroes, the Borrowers and last year won an Emmy for Accused.
June 1st 2012 at 5:24pm
Anti Northern is a bit tired too.
June 8th 2012 at 7:59am
Whatever happened behind the scenes, Eccleston clearly thinks his time on "DW" was something that's best left back in the past. It even extends to the show's fanbase and his lack of appreciation and appearances at events and convention.
Hell even Paul McGann who only did the tv movie has done more for the fans and the show than Ecccleston ever did!. What's even more baffling is that SEVEN years on, he still has a disdain about wanting to do anything connected with the series. If that's the case so be it.
Your successors (David Tennant & Matt Smith) have shown their enthusiam for being on the show and their interaction with fans has been impressive. Something you may want to bear in mind instead of coming off as being snobby and arrogant which frankly you do......
May 25th 2012 at 3:25pm
"Hell even Paul McGann who only did the tv movie has done more for the fans and the show than Ecccleston ever did!"
Well that's not true. Paul McGann has actually been involved in even more stories than David Tennant and Matt Smith has (the Big Finish audio dramas - there are more Eight audio dramas than there are Ten or Eleven actual episodes!).
Eccleston doesn't sound snobby about this. Like he said he's still happy when people (especially children) thank him for his time on Doctor Who. He's also said he loved playing the Doctor but he didn't like the politics of the show. If an actor wants to move on, they shouldn't have to constantly be attacked with stupid things like "Oh you don't appear at conventions or appear in specials!" This happens in TV shows all the time - actors quit and move on. Just because Doctor Who is a big part of our country's pop culture, it doesn't mean that someone who takes part in it has to be forced to constantly "support the fans".
May 25th 2012 at 3:51pm
I was referring to the fact that McGann has been involved more in the world of DW than Eccleston. The moment Christopher left the series, he has had nothing to do with the show and has complained on a numbert of occasions in interview about "the politics" and "the atomsphere" and various other things which made him leave the series.
Granted, this may have been true. But to get on Graham Norton and say "I never bathe in the same river twice" does come off as snobbish. Tennant would never say something like that, and I doubt Smith would either. And the fact that there is a completely different production team at the helm now would make those arguments rather moot.
Again, every actor (bar Eccleston) has let the public and the fans know their appreciation and have shown it with appearances and are never averse to keeping a distance from the series which is what Eccleston has continued to do.
You're right, as an actor he is entitled to move on to other projects and play other parts and his life doesn't have to revolve around the show. No one is saying otherwise. But I've seen little "support" from him regarding DW in the years since he's left and that is disappointing.
May 25th 2012 at 5:08pm
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