Christopher Eccleston unhappy with Who

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Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston

Former 'Doctor Who' actor Christopher Eccleston has revealed he quit the legendary sci-fi series in 2005 because he was unhappy with the ''environment and culture'' faced by the cast and crew.

Christopher Eccleston quit 'Doctor Who' because of the conditions faced by cast and crew.

The 46-year-old actor - who played the Time Lord for 13 episodes in 2005 - admits he found the "environment and culture" too uncomfortable to continue working on the BBC show for more than one series.

He told Radio Times magazine: "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. 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 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."

Although pleased to have played the legendary character, Christopher admits he was also unhappy with how the network covered his departure from the programme.

He added: "The BBC released a statement saying I was tired and scared of being typecast. I challenged that, so they issued an apology. If you say an actor is tired, any producer reading that is going to think, 'I'm not giving him a job if he gets tired.' And the notion that I'm scared of being typecast is ridiculous because the whole reaction to me being The Doctor was, 'Well, he can't do that because he is stereotyped as a serious actor.' They handled it very badly but they issued an apology and I dropped it."

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1. Jimmy Porto15 Jun 2010, 12:55pm Report

I enjoyed Eccleston as the Doctor, and in everything else I have seen him in. I've been a fan of Doctor Who since 1979. I admore Eccleston for taking a stand. He could have remained quiet and made a fortune. Most people probably would and rationalized working in an unhealthy environment. Eccleston is an example to us all.

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