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Anyone else seen reports eccleston regrets only doing one series? If thats the case why didnt he come back for the 50th?
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DavidWhitfield
Anyone else seen reports eccleston regrets only doing one series? If thats the case why didnt he come back for the 50th?

I would be surprised if this were true, unless he's had a massive change of heart. Everything I've read suggests he regrets doing it at all. I've seen him quoted in numerous articles from around the time of his leaving the show, saying that he was sick of being known as 'The Doctor' and not for his wealth of other work.
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Lou Scannon
Everything I've read suggests he regrets doing it at all. I've seen him quoted in numerous articles from around the time of his leaving the show, saying that he was sick of being known as 'The Doctor' and not for his wealth of other work.


If that was true (and/or still is?), then the man is a massive luvvie twonk, IMHO.

As long as he's getting roles, and earning a decent living as an actor, then whether he does or doesn't like what most of the public most remember him for, is tough sodding luck. Any actor saying something like the above grates on me, as it smacks of being ungrateful for the role(s) and/or recognition that they have had. Many other jobbing actors aren't so lucky.

A sarcastic "oh, my heart bleeds for you" is my default response to such things.

Being remembered for just one role above all others, is better than being remembered for none at all. Get over yourselves, luvvies.
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davidhorman
The BBC released a statement at the time saying Eccleston was leaving because he didn't want to be typecast, but he'd had nothing to do with that statement and was reportedly quite annoyed about both that statement and the fact that they'd revealed his departure in the first place, having previously agreed not to do so.
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Lou Scannon
Eccleston... was reportedly quite annoyed about ... the fact that they'd revealed his departure in the first place, having previously agreed not to do so.


I'm a bit puzzled about this.

The public announcement of Eccleston's departure from DW was after at least one episode of Season 27 (I refuse to call it "Series 1") had already been broadcast, IIRC. Unless he really expected his departure to be an Earthshock-style total secret until literally the broadcast of the regeneration episode itself, then realistically the announcement was gonna be made at some point during the 2-3 month period that the series was being broadcast.
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bilky asko
Eccleston... was reportedly quite annoyed about ... the fact that they'd revealed his departure in the first place, having previously agreed not to do so.


I'm a bit puzzled about this.

The public announcement of Eccleston's departure from DW was after at least one episode of Season 27 (I refuse to call it "Series 1") had already been broadcast, IIRC. Unless he really expected his departure to be an Earthshock-style total secret until literally the broadcast of the regeneration episode itself, then realistically the announcement was gonna be made at some point during the 2-3 month period that the series was being broadcast.


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davidhorman
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Unless he really expected his departure to be an Earthshock-style total secret until literally the broadcast of the regeneration episode itself


I was under the impression that this was the plan. In fact I was half under the impression that he was only ever going to do one series, as RTD had said something about wanting to establish regeneration quickly with the new fans rather than lose them all when the one-and-only Doctor they'd grown to love up and left after x years. Whether or not they really thought they could pull it off, I don't know, but it was the press office who let slip that he was leaving and gave "his" reasons, and if they hadn't done that we might've all been surprised.

I mean, they kept John Hurt's role a surprise until the broadcast of The Name of the Doctor (though not his casting in the 50th anniversary special), and that was after accidentally mailing out a few hundred Blu-ray sets early.

The first episode was broadcast in March and I'm pretty sure we knew he was leaving just a few episodes later, because it was around the time Pope JP2 died, leading to many tiresomely unfunny parallels (mostly made by me) and probably a cartoon in The Telegraph showing white smoke coming out the top of TV Centre.

Edit: found this:

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In an interview in Doctor Who Magazine, Russell T Davies stated that an alternate ending for [The Parting of the Ways] was written and filmed, with the intention that it would be shown to press previewers to hide the secret of the regeneration. This idea was abandoned when Eccleston's departure was revealed earlier than planned.
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Critique

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In an interview in Doctor Who Magazine, Russell T Davies stated that an alternate ending for [The Parting of the Ways] was written and filmed, with the intention that it would be shown to press previewers to hide the secret of the regeneration. This idea was abandoned when Eccleston's departure was revealed earlier than planned.


Slightly surprised that this hasn't been leaked anywhere over the past decade or so, or at least appeared on one of the deleted scenes things they used to do on the boxsets, with RTD explaining in depth why every scene was cut.
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davidhorman

Slightly surprised that this hasn't been leaked anywhere over the past decade or so, or at least appeared on one of the deleted scenes things they used to do on the boxsets, with RTD explaining in depth why every scene was cut.


If may not have got as far as being edited, since the leak made it redundant. The raw footage might never have made it off a couple of DVCPRO50 tapes that to this day are rattling around at the back of what is now Steven Moffat's desk drawer (behind his plastic dinosaur collection).
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mr_vivian
There's a lot of Chinese whispers on Chris and his departure. It's quite simple - the guy wasn't comfortable. He loved playing the Doctor and he loved the idea of acting for a young audience (have a dig on Youtube) but Chris is the type of guy who means serious business when it comes to building a character and he's not the type that likes people who tell him how to do his job.

- Chris has stated he didn't get on with some of his team. They had creative differences

- Chris has stated playing the Doctor takes up 9 months of your life which was tough for him

- Chris agreed to have a look at Steven Moffat's script but Chris declined the offer after reading (He did think about it though)

- Chris said to Graham Norton you should never bathe in the same river twice

To me, Chris is a serious guy but he is also somebody who is quite reserved and private which is why not a lot has come out about him leaving until recent.

Chris played a brilliant Doctor and I don't think he should have any regrets. He probably looks back and thinks he could have handled it better. David and Chris really brought out the best and the worst in the Doctor and in my opinion no other Doctor has since been able to achieve that. Matt was excellent too and Peter has his moments but he doesn't have that "grit" Chris had I think.
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IndigoTucker
Chris and Keith Boak had a massive falling out during the filming of Rose/Aliens of London - details unknown.

The deleted scenes from Series One were also deleted from what I recall!
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noggin Founding member

Slightly surprised that this hasn't been leaked anywhere over the past decade or so, or at least appeared on one of the deleted scenes things they used to do on the boxsets, with RTD explaining in depth why every scene was cut.


If may not have got as far as being edited, since the leak made it redundant. The raw footage might never have made it off a couple of DVCPRO50 tapes that to this day are rattling around at the back of what is now Steven Moffat's desk drawer (behind his plastic dinosaur collection).


Odd - I thought the Ecclestone series was shot on DigiBeta, not DVC Pro 50? (Did they really use Panasonic SD cameras?)

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