Christopher Eccleston may have opened up a can of worms about his exit from [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] after just one series. Eccleston helped to bring the show back when it was resurrected in 2005 by Russell T Davies for the BBC. However, he sensationally quit after the first episode was broadcast, saying that he didn’t want to become typecast.
A valid concern for any actor playing The Doctor. But then in a bit of clumsy media management, the BBC let it slip that Eccleston had only agreed to stay for one series anyway, which quite neatly led to a regeneration at the end of the series and [[David Tennant]] stepping into the famous Gallifreyan’s shoes.
However, on a recent press tour to promote his new John Lennon biopic, Eccleston has been putting the cat among the pigeons, saying that he couldn’t tolerate the working environment and culture on the show:
I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn’t want to do any more. I didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in. I thought if I stay in this job, I’m going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong.
Now, this media report is doing the rounds everywhere I look this morning. The thing it, Eccleston was bloody vague about what exactly he couldn’t live with. One can only assume that Russell T Davies was running around naked on set flicking the actors with a wet towel.
He rounds off the statement by saying: “And I think it’s more important to be your own man than be successful, so I left.”
I’m a tad frustrated by this. A bit like the Katy Perry storm in a bra-cup yesterday, this is only half a story. The whole story would be exposing exactly what Eccleston had a problem with that caused him to quit – and why does this conflict with the reports that he only intended to do one season anyway? Somebody needs to pin him down and get a straight answer.
Wild speculation in the comments will be gratefully accepted.