Why Did Christopher Eccleston Leave Doctor Who? He Loathe The Work Environment And Politics, He Claimed!


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Former Doctor star Christopher Eccleston has left the show after first season of Doctor Who. The decision made fans very disappointed, after it was a quick decision to leave the after appearing in one season only. Christopher Eccleston is known to be one of the selective actors before choosing any role. Before we start talking about why did Christopher Eccleston leave Doctor Who, we need to have a quick look on him as an actor.

Christopher Eccleston is an English actor. He is twice BAFTA Award nominee. He is known for playing roles such as the Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who (2005), Matt Jamison in The Leftovers (2014–2017), and more. Why did he leave the show? Here’s everything that you need to know.

Why did Christopher Eccleston leave Doctor Who?

A statement was released by BBC, confirmed that Eccleston would not be staying in the role due to fear of being typecast. A month later, the organisation apologised to pass such statement without consulting the actor.

In 2010, Christopher Eccleston revealed the reason of leaving the show, the actor stated that he didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture.

“I wasn’t comfortable. I thought ‘If I stay in this job, I’m going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong.’ And I think it’s more important to be your own man than to be successful, so I left. But the most important thing is that I did it, not that I left. I really feel that, because it kind of broke the mould and it helped to reinvent it. I’m very proud of it.”

In an interview with Radio Times in 2010, he stated, He said, “I was open-minded, but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn’t want to do any more. I didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in.”

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In 2018, he told Radio Times, “My relationship with my three immediate superiors – the showrunner, the producer and co-producer – broke down irreparably during the first block of filming and it never recovered. They lost trust in me, and I lost faith and trust and belief in them”.

On-set politics and principles made him leave the show in the year 2013. What do you think of all this? Was it a right decision made by him?

Why Did Christopher Eccleston Leave Doctor Who?

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“I left because of politics. I did not see eye to eye with them. I didn’t agree with the way things were being run. I didn’t like the culture that had grown up around the series. So I left, I felt, over a principle.” said Eccleston.

Did Christopher Eccleston Return To The Show?

In 2013, Eccleston was offered to return to Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’. He gave a chance to read writer Steven Moffat’s script, made fans hopeful about his come back . However he decided not to return. Although hasn’t yet return to the show, he has made a come back to Doctor Who for audio adventures, created by Big Finish Productions.

“I thought if I stay in this job, I’m going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong.”, said Christopher Eccleston.

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Told The Guardian in 2018,: “What happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed my career. I gave them a hit show and I left with dignity and then they put me on a blacklist”.

About Doctor Who

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television series. It is broadcast by the BBC since 1963. The series follows the adventures of a Time Lord, the Doctor who get witnessed the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. The show has always been in demand from its controversies to prank, Doctor Who Tom Holland April Fools: So What Does This Prank Follow?, Do you what was the prank all about?

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Christopher Eccleston has left the show after first season of Doctor Who. He claimed that the reason behind him leaving the show is because of the work environment and culture. He did not return to the show despite getting offered by the makers. Fans show their disappointment since he left the show.

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