Christopher Eccleston regrets leaving Doctor Who
Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston has admitted he regrets leaving Doctor Who.
Eccleston portrayed the Time Lord for just one season in 2005, the first of noughties reboot. He received the Most Popular Actor Award at the 2005 National Television Awards for his portrayal, but shocked fans by revealing he would not be returning for a second series.
Speaking to radio show Drive on Melbourne’s 774 ABC, he said: “It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer. He’s a beautiful character and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance.”
“I was learning new skills, in terms of playing light comedy. I was not known for light comedy and, again, production did not allow for that.”
Eccleston admitted for the first time last year that he left the popular sci-fi series after clashing with bosses over his portrayal of the Time Lord.
He told the Daily Record that: “I’d had enough. I wanted to do it my way, they wanted something else. We were never going to compromise, so it was best to be straight about it and just go.”
He later clarified to Radio 4’s Loose Ends: “I don’t think it’s important that I left – I think it’s important that I did it in the first place. I’m still there – I was in David Tennant, I was in Matt Smith, I was in Peter Capaldi . I’m always there in spirit.
“Myself and three individuals at the very top of the pyramid clashed so off I went.”
Eccleston also did not return for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special in 2013, prompting a hasty rewrite from showrunner Steven Moffat.
Moffat admitted to Radio Times: “I started a version of it but I got to a point where I could go no further unless it was going to be him. I went for another meeting with him and he decided no.
“His reasons are his business and he’s a very private man. But it’s reasonable to say he really cares about Doctor Who.”