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?