Eccleston Now Regrets Leaving ‘Doctor Who’ After Just One Series

eccleston-greenyThe erstwhile Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, has told an Australian radio station that he wishes he had stuck with DOCTOR WHO longer than just one series.

Eccleston said to Melbourne, Australia’s 774 ABC: “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.”

The Ninth Doctor gave way to the 10th (David Tennant) after just 13 episodes in the 2005 revival. The parting of the ways was attributed to “creative differences,” and in the years since, both Eccleston and his executive producer, Russell T Davies, had declined to elaborate — until last year, when the actor began dropping cryptic little comments that, when assembled, gave some insight into the reasoning that led to his early departure.

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Fun Variant Covers for ‘Doctor Who’ Comic Books

Titan Comics will be releasing some oddball (in a good way) variant covers for its various officially licensed Doctor Who comics shipping in January and February, drawn by an artist who goes by the name Question No. 6.

The titles are:

DOCTOR WHO: TENTH DOCTOR #2.6
In stores Jan. 13
Cover C by Question No. 6

DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR #2.6
In stores Feb. 3
Cover C by Question No. 6

DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.2
In stores Jan. 13
Cover D by Question No. 6

DOCTOR WHO: Make Your Own Sunday!

makeyourownBBC America, the U.S. home of DOCTOR WHO, wants to know which episodes we fans think portray the Doctor in the most heroic light, so the network is inviting viewers to vote for the episodes to be included in an all-day marathon on Sept. 20 — the day after the premiere of series six.

Fans will get to choose from every story involving the latest incarnations of the Doctor: David Tennant‘s 10th Doctor, Matt Smith‘s 11th Doctor and Peter Capaldi‘s 12th.

According BBC America, here’s what to do:

1. Select a single episode from each poll on this page (one per Doctor) and cast your votes. The poll will stay open through Sept. 11 at noon EST.

2. Tune in to the DOCTOR WHO marathon all day Sunday to see which episodes made the cut.

DOCTOR WHO returns Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

12th Doctor Comic Book Debuts at NYCC!

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Titan Comics is debuting its latest title, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor, at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, but the rest of the world will have to take the slow path and wait for the Oct. 15 release date.

As a tease, Titan released a two-page preview of the comic:


The art looks pretty good to me. It’s so difficult to capture likenesses from so many different angles.

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But… Where Can I Look, Doctor?

So, my fellow DOCTOR WHO fans and I now have a big problem: Where are we allowed to look?

Ever since the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) warned us not to blink lest we be set upon by Weeping Angels, we have been keeping our eye wide open. But now the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is telling us, “Don’t. Look. ’round.” What terror awaits those who risk it…?

So I ask: precisely where are we to focus our optical receivers — straight ahead and nowhere else?

The next episode of DOCTOR WHO series 8, “Listen,” airs this Saturday at 9 o’clock on BBC America.

Moffat’s Discarded 10th Doctor Arc

10dyingJust a few short hours away from the season eight premiere of DOCTOR WHO and executive producer Steven Moffat‘s introduction of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, I thought it might be fun to look back the abandoned plan Moffat had for series five if David Tennant had decided to stay on for another year.
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