Christopher Eccleston reveals the real reasons he left Doctor Who

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Apr 20, 2015

Christopher Eccleston has recently opened up a tiny bit more about the mysterious reasons that led to his departure from Doctor Who after only one season, saying that he holds no ill feelings against the beloved BBC sci-fi series. Looks like the passage of time is finally loosening the actor's tongue on a subject he's been rather mum about all these years.

In a recent interview with Radio Times, the Thor: The Dark World started off playing it a bit coy:

"I hope I’ll be remembered as one of the Doctors. I have no ill feeling towards the character or the series. I don’t watch it and am not keen to discuss it because I want this to be about Safe House [Eccleston’s new ITV drama]. That’s my mortgage."

However, he did talk about the reasons he left the show over the weekend, and they include clashing with some of the powers-that-be. He told The Daily Record:

"I’d had enough. I wanted to do it my way, they wanted something else. We were never going to compromise so it was best to be straight about it and just go."

Speaking with BBC Radio 4, Eccleston further elaborated on the subject, adding:

"Myself and three individuals at the very top of the pyramid clashed, so off I went. But they’re not here to say their side of it, so I’m not going to go into detail.

"I don’t think it’s important why I left, I think it’s important that I did it in the first place. … I’m always there in spirit."

If only he'd made an appearance on the 50th-anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor"; now, that would have been something else. Oh, well. What do you think about Christopher Eccleston’s reasons for leaving Doctor Who?

(via Doctor Who TV)

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