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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Christopher Eccleston: BBC needed to reinvent Doctor Who

The actor played the Ninth Doctor and is a fan of the new Time Lord.

Christopher Eccleston
Christopher Eccleston

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Christopher Eccleston has shared his approval of Jodie Whittaker taking over the leading role in Doctor Who, and said that the programme needed a shake-up.

Eccleston, who played the Time Lord when the sci-fi series was revived in 2005, has also said that he has avoided going to fan conventions over the years because he likes to rely on acting to earn a living.

The 53-year-old actor told ITV’s Lorraine that he is pleased with Whittaker’s casting, and added: “The BBC have gone as far as they have with skinny white men, it’s time.

“It had to change. God knows how much money it makes for the BBC – they needed to reinvent it, and they could not have chosen somebody better.”

He added: “We did a play together at the National Theatre – a posh, classical play – about four years ago.

“So there were two Doctors on stage.”

Asked if he attends sci-fi conventions, Eccleston said: “I’ve never done conventions.

“I know there’s a lot of money there, but I’ve always wanted to just earn my living by acting, and that’s not a judgment on people who do them … it’s just the way I am.”

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He added: “I’ve avoided them so far, but who knows.”

Eccleston played the Ninth Doctor in the hit series before David Tennant took over the role of the time-travelling extra-terrestrial being, ahead of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

Broadchurch star Whittaker, Capaldi’s successor, is the first woman to play the Doctor.

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