Christopher Eccleston has been on the promotional trail for his returning BBC drama, The A Word over the past few days. And whilst chatting to Lorraine Kelly today, the subject of Doctor Who somewhat inevitably came up.,
In specific relation to the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, Eccleston is a fan. “Hurrah”, he said. “The BBC has gone as far as they can with skinny white men I think”.
“It’s time, isn’t it?”, he said. “It had to change, and God knows how much money it makes for the BBC. They needed to reinvent it, and they could not have chosen someone better”. Eccleston also noted that he’d done a play with Whittaker at the National Theatre. “Two Doctors on stage!”, he noted.
Eccleston also revealed the reason that he hasn’t done the convention circuit for Doctor Who. At least not yet.
“There’s a lot of money there, isn’t there? I’ve always wanted to earn my living by acting. That’s not a judgement on people who do them, it’s just the way I am. I’ve avoided all that sofa. But listen, who knows what’s around the corner financially?!”
Here’s the interview…