Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston reveals why he left Doctor Who

CHRISTOPHER Eccleston has spoken about why he left Doctor Who after just one series, saying he ‘didn’t enjoy the environment’ of the show.

Eccleston was the ninth Doctor before being replaced by David Tennant and mystery has always surrounded his reasons for leaving the show after initial reports he feared being typecast were rejected.

Speaking in the Radio Times, he said: “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.”

He added he was proud of reinventing the Doctor for a new audience.

I wonder what he means though.

The environment – is that the demanding working schedule and the pressure that created? The difference in working on a series instead of a one off drama, as a lot of his work had been up to then? I wonder as well if he tried to change that culture if he didn’t like it, or just decided to get out?

Whatever, it’s a shame it affected him so much as he did some sterling work as the Doctor, adding a believability to the role and the universe the Doctor lived in.

Saying that, his departure meant we got David Tennant who clearly did not have any problem with the environment or anything else, given that he stayed for so long.

I wonder if this also means Eccleston will pass on any multi-Doctor show for the 50th anniversary in 2013?

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5 thoughts on “Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston reveals why he left Doctor Who

  • Hitman4Drocks


    the ninth doctor (christopher eccleston) just did one series with rose tyler (billie piper) and he changed to david tennant loads of people love david tennant and he was on for 3 series’s including the specials that is a long time he could return in the 50th anniversary special

  • Ozgur


    I have to wonder, since he specified the environment that the “cast and crew” had to work in, if that means he didn’t enjoy the environment created by the only people left: the production staff and lead writers. And that leads right back to Russell T Davies. And to be honest, it something about both the writing and the commentaries leads me to believe that this isn’t all that unlikely.

    There just seems to be something a little bit sychophantic about it, and like people get written in just because RTD happens to like them or think they’re pretty or something–and it seems like it happens a lot, based on what I kept hearing in commentaries. It smacks of a sort of good old boys club, but that’s as much of a guess as I can really form without someone actually saying something more. I’d love to hear Eccleston say more about it, but as he is a professional, I doubt that will happen for quite a while (if at all). It’s a shame, because I enjoyed him very much in the series, though I also happen to think the writing went downhill for the most part after that until 4th season.

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