Mix it up any way you like but the whole new love affair the world is having with Doctor Who? Well, it all began with Christopher Eccleston and not David Tennant as everyone thinks.
Eccleston had the unthinkable task of bringing back The Doctor to a world divided in two… those who knew and loved the character of old and those who had no idea Who – ahem – he was and were still to fall in love.
And for our two pence he did a great job… although it was always sad that he only lasted for one series and we even were cheated out of seeing him in the 50th Anniversary Episode which we now know had a scene written especially for him by Stephen Moffat.
But it seems the actor, whose relationship with the series is famously rocky, is showing some remorse at not sticking around longer.
Speaking on Melbourne’s 774 ABC (full interview below), Eccleston said he would liked to have stayed longer: “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.”
Although the actor famously told the Daily Record previously: “I’d had enough. I wanted to do it my way, they wanted something else. We were never going to compromise, so it was best to be straight about it and just go.”
We here at FTN loved his take on the Timelord and it’s a performance that grows better with age… sadly, it looks like we’ll never get to see how his Doctor would have matured.
A missed opportunity? For sure…