We always wondered why Christopher Eccleston, who took on the role of Doctor Who when the Time Lord was reinvented in 2005, quit after one season.
And the actor's reasons became even more mysterious when the BBC stated, as part of its announcement that Eccleston would be leaving, that the actor was afraid of being typecast and had found the series grueling—causing Eccleston to respond at the time that this was not the case. (The BBC later admitted that its announcement had been incorrect and that it had released it without speaking to Eccleston.)
"They handled it very badly, but they issued an apology and I dropped it," the actor said.
But we finally know the real reasons for Eccleston's departure. The actor, who is about to star in the BBC Four movie Lennon Naked, said that "I didn't enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in," BBC News reported.
"I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn't want to do any more," he said. "I thought if I stay in this job, I'm going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong. ... I think it's more important to be your own man than be successful, so I left."
That doesn't mean Ecclsteon isn't pleased with what he had accomplished by reinvigorating Doctor Who. For him, getting to play the character was "the most important thing," far more important than the fact of his having left after a single season.
"I really feel that, because it kind of broke the mold and it helped to reinvent it," he said. "I'm very proud of it."