The difficulties of a pilot reboot becoming successful is the pressure that Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston had to endure as the modern Doctor Who lead. He has finally opened up about his regrets and thoughts of his experiences in the longest-running sci-fi fantasy series of TV history.
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He may not be the fan-favorite Doctor in the series, but fans of the show had always revered the 52-year-old actor for starting the modern era of Doctor Who. He has his own signature all black outfit with leather jacket, his “fantastic!” signature expression and his was the first Doctor face Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) ever loved. According to Radio Times, Eccleston admitted his regrets to Melbourne’s 774 ABC radio show named Drive.
“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 credits the showrunner Russell T. Davies and the writers for the success of the reboot despite the “badly organized and badly produced first series,” not mincing any words at his feedback for production. There had always been rumors that he left the show because of creative differences, and these revelations just confirmed it all. However, he says he is proud to have “found a way through the chaos they imposed.”
The actor was quoted as telling Daily Record that he had wanted to contribute but he was apparently under strict supervision to follow the formulated direction of the show. He found the Doctor Who pilot season sadly lacking in cohesive direction between director and actors, and the tone to establish the series. Eccleston also mentioned something about budget restraints, and to him it was a disaster that all these elements did not come together.
Eccleston then praises co-Doctors David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi to have shined through in their brilliant performances despite the tight schedules and management he very well knows.
The seasoned actor has since moved on to theater and commercial films like The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising and most recently, Thor: The Dark World. He will soon be seen on the upcoming HBO series The Leftovers.
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