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Eccleston - The New Doc Who

By Garth Franklin Monday March 22nd 2004 12:05AM

Its official, the ninth Doctor Who has been selected. The BBC reports that 40-year old British dramatic actor Christopher Eccleston has been cast as the famed Time Lord in Russell T. Davies's new incarnation of the classic show.

Announced on the weekend, the choice took many people by surprise. Eccleston is best known internationally for his roles as villains in such hits as "Elizabeth", "Shallow Grave", 'Gone in 60 Seconds" and "28 Days Later" along with minor roles like Nicole Kidman's husband in "The Others" and parts in "eXistenZ" and "Jude". On the small screen he's appeared in shows like "Cracker", "Hillsborough", "Clocking Off", "Linda Green" & "The League of Gentlemen"

Cast in a role famous for its slightly more goofy and oddball side, it's expected with Eccleston in the part it will return the dark and mysterious edge to the character that certain previous incarnations dealt with. A BBC rep said the choice "signals our intention to take Doctor Who into the 21st century, as well as retaining its core traditional values - to be surprising, edgy and eccentric". The 13-part series begins production soon in the UK.

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