Ecclestone quits Doctor Who

Eldhrin
writes, The BBC is reporting that Christopher
Ecclestone has quit filming the second series of
Doctor Who
, quoting fears of being typecast and
new projects he wishes to attend to. Talks are under
way with David
Tennant
, currently considered likely to be the
tenth Doctor. Billie Piper is expected to stay on as
Rose. Could the good reception and huge audience of
the new series have put Ecclestone off? Hopefully
he’ll stick around long enough to film his
regeneration, otherwise they’re going to have some
seriously knotty scriptwriting to do. And let’s hope
that the tenth Doctor lasts longer – he’s running out
of regenerations.

11 replies on “Ecclestone quits Doctor Who”

  1. white.roses says:

    Are You Mad?
    What is he thinking? “Typcasting”? Guess what, he’s already typecast. He’s the Doctor. People seeing him on the street will think of Ecclestone that way. A greuling filming schedule? It’s filming! Schedules are tight! But, (a) it’s a steady job, (b) it doesn’t require heavy lifting and (c) come on, I mean, come on. How many out of work actors would kill for a greuling schedule? If the BBC hadn’t reported it, I’d have thought he was just holding out for more money. And maybe he was. And maybe the BBC said, fine, we’ll find someone else. It all sounds like Ecclestone making excuses to get out of doing a job that most people would sell their mothers into slavery to get.

  2. castleguardian says:

    He’ll be typecast all right…
    …as the assho^H^H^H^H^H person who P.O.ed millions of Dr. Who fans by waltzing out when he did!

    Seriously, was he afraid of being typecast as an eccentric British regenerating time lord?!?!?!? There’s a role you see everywhere you look.

    • Cerberus7 says:

      Re: He’ll be typecast all right…

      Seriously, was he afraid of being typecast as an eccentric British regenerating time lord?!?!?!? There’s a role you see everywhere you look.

      I think that’s kind of the problem. It’s not a role you see everywhere. Someone who is typecast into a specific role has a hard time getting work in other roles. On the other hand, were he typecast as a more general “dashing hero saves the damsel” guy, he’d be set for multitudes of action flicks.

  3. y42 says:

    Ask Nimoy
    Maybe he’s affraid of being stalked by unwashed sci-fi nerds?

    Whenever I hear “typecast”, I think of Leonard Nimoy and his book “I am not Spock”, and the sequel: “I am Spock”.
    First he was annoyed at being seen as Spock by everyone, then he realised that it’s a good thing to have millions of people loving you, and to have the Star Trek Convention Social Security Plan to rely on.

    Silly brit…

  4. shayward says:

    Low… Very Low
    When a company hires an employee there is a certain expectation that both parties will try to make the relationship work for their mutual interest.

    Ecclestone should have committed himself to no less than two years on the show. If he couldn’t hack that then he never should have taken the part.

  5. paulm says:

    I can see his point
    And if he was only contracted to one season then he’s fulfilling his obligations.
    It does seem a bit wrong to use up one of the Doctors regenerations so quickly though…..

    • Alexius says:

      Re: I can see his point

      And if he was only contracted to one season then he’s fulfilling his obligations.
      It does seem a bit wrong to use up one of the Doctors regenerations so quickly though…..

      Plenty Of Other Ways To Go About It. Maybe This Is A Fake Doctor? Maybe It’s A Regeneration That Hasn’t Actually Had An Actor? Maybe He’ll Try An Experimental ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ That’s Not A Regeneration (Keeps His Personality), But Makes Him Look Different. Maybe It’s A DocBot (Think DoomBot).

      And, For The Record, all Of My Dr. Who Knowledge Comes Second Hand, Or From The Prereleased ‘Rose’ Or The 001 Episode I Downloaded.

  6. TwistyHat says:

    Well…
    .. for now I’m going to assume it is the BBC’s very successfull Aprils fool joke ;-)

    • Eldhrin says:

      Re: Well…

      .. for now I’m going to assume it is the BBC’s very successfull Aprils fool joke ;-)

      Given that the news broke before 1st April, and that BBC News Online has it on its list of things that might be April Fools jokes but aren’t, that seems rather unlikely.

  7. marky says:

    Eccleston
    So, Eccleston’s afraid of getting typecast. If only there was some way he could have known about this before he signed up. If only there had already been a series exactly like this one on TV before. If only there was some way of knowing that the leading man would get typecast and not have much of a career afterwards. Damn it, if only he’d KNOWN!!
    And for all the times he dragged every interview prior to the series round to his working-class roots, he now baulks at working 8 months on the series. I wish I only worked 8 months of the year for his money. And get a crack at Billie Piper into the bargain. And by working he means holding Billie’s hand and grining every 15 seconds.
    Also, it’s a bit rich after all the interviews where saying he didn’t need an outlandish costume to play an alien, he could do it in the strength of his acting; if he was that good of an actor, how can he be typecast anyway?
    Not a single excuse he could not have foreseen before the series started.
    He went into it with his eyes wide open, and now the next guy to play the Doctor (please let it be Bill Nighy) will have to be extraordinarily good, or everyone will say it’s not as good without Eccleston and it’ll get cancelled. Again.

    F*ckin’ Chris Eccleston.

  8. yodapez18 says:

    Did somebody say Denise crosby
    If he’s a good actor he can get any part. Nimoy wasnt THAT good, his acting sonsiosted of…not acting. he still scored some pretty ground breaking parts, like that movie invasion of the body snatchers? And who can forget his role as Galvatron, (And for ten seconds, unicrom) in Transformers the movie?
    How could Ecclestone give all that future up?
    I’d boycott if I thought id ever see him in anything anyway what an unproffessional jackass.
    Did I spell unprofessional right?

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