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The video clip from 'Red Carpet' shows that Christopher Eccleston becomes very 'edgy' whilst being interviewed when the subject of Doctor Who comes up - he says he has 'moved on'. It turns out that there is much more than just a little antipathy going on here. Indeed, it now appears that his departure from his role as the 9th Doctor was VERY messy, indeed!

Following a comment made by prfb I have no reason to doubt the following data; if these are Christopher Eccleston's true views about his departure from Doctor Who, then Whovians will be shocked. It would also explain why he did NOT take part in 'The Day of the Doctor' and also why it is highly unlikely that we will ever see him in a TARDIS, again.

Speaking at an acting masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Wednesday, Eccleston reportedly revealed that it was on-set politics and principles that finally led him to resign. According to Bad Wilf , which has a transcript of the session, Eccleston said he left the show "because I could not get along with the senior people"
This came from an artlcle in the Guardian...I should like to point out that I do NOT agree with everything that the Guardian said.

Here is a quote from the transcript on 'Bad Wilf' - please read for the full details.

“I thought to remain, which would have made me a lot of money and given me huge visibility, the price I would have had to pay was to eat a lot of shit. I’m not being funny about that. I didn’t want to do that and it comes to the art of it, in a way. I feel that if you run your career and– we are vulnerable as actors and we are constantly humiliating ourselves auditioning. But if you allow that to go on, on a grand scale you will lose whatever it is about you and it will be present in your work.
And the link...

This indicates that there was a tremendous amount of friction between Eccleston and his director AND that he did not take kindly to seeing the tradespeople on the set being bullied (I would expect that, given his Salford roots!)

Well, ladies and gentlemen....over to you!

Originally posted to shortfinals on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 04:41 PM PST.

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