When Doctor Who relaunched in 2005 with Russell T. Davies at the helm, it proved to be exactly the type of exciting Saturday night fun-for-all-the-family show the BBC wanted, and an unexpected worldwide phenomenon. And the fantastic Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor was a big part of that, with his big grin and love of adventure.
Quite why he left and how he felt about his time on Who has always been a little unclear. But, in a recent interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, Eccleston spoke about it some more. While not revealing why he left, he noted he has a perfectly clear conscience about it and that he’s “hugely grateful” for the fact that he’s got a generation of younger fans who still talk about the show with him to this day.
It’s a shame that he ruled out a return to the show back in 2011, because a new Three Doctors with Eccleston, Tennant and Smith would be amazing (if potentially messing up canon). Ooh, ooh, maybe Eccleston’s Doctor could be replaced by Jackson Lake! Or Jenny!
On a more serious note, Eccleston also spoke of his wish to focus on theatre for the next “20 or 30 years”, stating it as the reason he became an actor.