Eccleston says he loved original Star Trek (but 'wouldn’t whore' for it)

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Oct 25, 2013

You’d never guess Christopher Eccleston was such a fan of Star Trek, now, would you?

But not just any Trek. The Original One. With William Shatner's Kirk and Leonard Nimoy's Spock and DeForest Kelley's McCoy (Bones).

That’s what the former Doctor Who actor (and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World villain) apparently revealed to Metro.

Eccleston said that he "loved" the beloved (and sadly-still-missed-on-TV) US sci-fi series "because it is entirely about character."

"You have villains and some space. But it's basically a brilliantly written love triangle between Kirk, Spock and Bones - lieutenant Uhura being the 'beard' from what I could see."

That’s really awesome that he thinks Star Trek: The Original Series was brilliant and all that, but that tiny bit about Uhura being the ‘beard’ … well ... ouch! That's a bit harsh now, isn't it?

Still, does that mean that the actor—who will NOT be appearing in Doctor Who’s upcoming 50th-anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”—is now gunning for a role in the shiny new Star Trek movie franchise?

Not so, says Eccleston, specifying: "The original Star Trek series was important to me. But I wouldn't whore for it."

(via Digital Spy)