Christopher Eccleston has discussed his regrets about only doing one season of Doctor Who.
The Leftovers actor played the Ninth Doctor for one year in 2005 and later declined the invitation to return as the Doctor in 2013’s 50th anniversary special.
Over the years it has emerged that the making of 2005’s season was fraught with problems, with Eccleston now openly talking about his clashes with the show’s producers at the time.
Eccleston revealed: “There’s always regret [to not continue] when you play a role like that because …. I watched it back and I thought ‘okay, don’t do this, do that, calibrate the performance’. It was kinda tragic for me that I didn’t play him for longer.
He added: “He’s a beautiful character. I have a great deal of professional pride and, had I done a second season, there would’ve 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.”
In the interview Eccleston also described the making of 2005’s season as a “disaster” and “really badly organised and certainly badly produced.”
The new season of Doctor Who is currently filming in Cardiff and will begin on BBC One in April 2017.
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