April 01, 2005
New Who too
The ninth and latest Dr. Who has yet to be broadcast in Canada and already we learn Christopher Eccleston will not return to the roll. The Times of London reports David Tennant is in negotiations to replace him. He looks the part but how are we meant to get through new Who trauma knowing we are to lose Eccleston as soon as we get to like him? This would be easier to take if I knew Richard E. Grant or Alan Cummings was on the way.
The 41-year-old actor, worried that he may become typecast, has called time on his occupancy of the Tardis. “The audience’s response to the new Dr Who has been incredible. I’m very proud to be part of it and I hope viewers continue to enjoy the series,” he said.
The decision will be a blow to writer Russell T. Davies and to the BBC, who yesterday announced a new £10 million series and Christmas special.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 1, 2005 10:52 AM
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It does strike me as rather daft that he is leaving already. Maybe having to deal with that bimbo was too much for him.
Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at April 1, 2005 08:13 PM
Not having seen the most recent series, I can only assume that he didn't really expect it to be successful: that is, he was using it as an extended demo reel for future employment.
In show business, the second-worst thing that can happen to you is to become recognizable as a low-to-midrange character (Leonard Nimoy's "Spock" being the classic example). You can't get other work, because seeing you in a different role will be distracting for at least a portion of the audience, but you can't really earn a living as the "retired Spock".
The worst thing is, of course, not to get enough roles to allow you to quit the waitering trade . . .
Posted by: Nicholas at April 1, 2005 10:12 PM
I haven't seen the new Who yet, but I'll always remember Eccleston as the a--hole major in "28 Days Later" (awesome zombie movie, btw).
But who could resist co-starring with Billie Piper - the UK's answer to Britney?
Posted by: Y-2-DRAY at April 2, 2005 11:59 PM