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Iridan 4/8/2013 5:29:30 AM

Too bad about Eccleston. He was my favorite. I really would like to know what his dissatisfaction is with the show. Can anybody enlighten me?

redhairs99 4/9/2013 11:58:22 AM

I think he was just worried about being type-casted after playing The Doctor.  It's the same thing as Superman or the like, once you've played this iconic type of character and played it well, most producers shy away from casting these actors because they are too identifiable as that iconic character.

Moz72 4/9/2013 8:23:29 PM

I think it would have been a nice surprise, and a nod to the eighth Doctor, if Paul McGann would have been asked to play the Doctor again for the Anniversary Episode. He really did a great job taking on the role in the Doctor Who movie and he should be given the opportunity to come back to the Tardis.

karas1 4/16/2013 6:05:44 AM

As I understand it Eccleston played The Doctor for a year to win a bet.  His standard role was as a villian and somebody expressed the opinion that he couldn't play a witty, charming character.  So he took the role of The Doctor and was witty and charming and sympathetic and all of the things his roles usually weren't.  Having proved his point he had no more interest in the role.

I thought it was a great part, requiring a really good actor to pull off.  He showed off witty and charming and also angsty and all kinds of other qualities and redefined an iconic character for a new generation.  Now he wants nothing more to do with a character in a children's program because he's a serious adult actor.  So he's gone on to do movies like the first GI Joe film.

*sigh*

He may never get another part that showcases his tallent as well as Dr Who but he distains it because it is deemed to be for children in Britian.

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