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The Reason Christopher Eccleston Left ‘Doctor Who’

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(note: news after some slight author back story)

In things I’ve put off for far too long, I recently got into the 2005, revamped BBC series of ‘Doctor Who’. I should be stricken with 100 nerd demerits for waiting this long to catch onto the beloved, sci-fi series. Of the mad but lovable time/space traveling Doctor of the universe. It’s silly, zany, and a bit lame but its fun and wildly imaginative. I base these comments on seasons 2 and 3 which star David Tennant as the time lord. I heard much praise about his portrayal of the Doctor and it was these comments that fueled me to hop on board the Dr. Who train. David Tenant is everything you’ve heard him to be and more. Very likable and entertaining. However, the revamp did not start with him. Series 1 Doctor was portrayed by actor Christopher Eccleston. Not being that familar with the series prior to viewing I found it bizarre to see the title character change actors after only 1 season. Especially given the fact that all previous incarnations of the Doctor were portrayed by actors for great lengths of time (or so I’ve read). Eccleston, as far as fans say, was just as good as Tennant. He was good enough to help gain back the once mighty Dr. Who following. So, If he was so good, then why did he leave after only one season? Well, quite simply he didn’t enjoy it. In a report from BBC news he told The Radio Times (radio show in England?) that he was proud of the show but “wasn’t comfortable” working on it.

“I didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in,”

“I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn’t want to do any more,” he said. “I thought if I stay in this job, I’m going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong. … I think it’s more important to be your own man than be successful, so I left.”

So for inquiring Dr. Who minds, there you have it. Mystery solved. Dudes a pussy. “Wah, I gotta work 15 hour days and my bosses are douches, Wah!”. Eh, it’s ok though. Had he not left we would not have been graced with the wonderful David Tennant.

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