Christopher Eccleston famously stepped into and then out of the role of the Ninth Doctor after just thirteen episodes of the 2005 series reboot of “Doctor Who”.
At the time it was pretty clear Eccleston had no real desire to return to the role due to behind-the-scenes disagreements that took place on the show – mostly with management at the BBC.
Just over a decade on, the actor has given a new interview with 774 ABC Melbourne’s Drive and admits that he regrets not staying on for a second season because he wanted to do more with the character.
“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.”
Eccleston’s animosity toward the production remains intact, he told a British paper last year that he and those responsible weren’t going to compromise on the character so “it was best to be straight about it and just go.”
The full interview can be heard here.