Why Christopher Eccleston's 'conscience is clear' for leaving Who

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Dec 17, 2012

Much has already been said about Christopher Eccleston leaving behind his role as the Ninth Doctor on Who. The actor's puzzling departure from the beloved BBC sci-fi series after just one season had been less than ... shall we say, friendly? But, whatever, because the actor claims that on that particular subject, his conscience is clear.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the actor insisted that he acted in an honorable way when he left Doctor Who.

"I know what went on and the people who were involved know what went on—that's good enough for me," said Eccleston.

What went on the actor revealed a little less than a year ago at an acting master class in England, saying:

"I left Doctor Who because I could not get along with the senior people. I left because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye with them. I didn't agree with the way things were being run. I didn't like the culture that had grown up around the series. So I left, I felt, over a principle."

And today, Eccleston says that he is at peace with his decision to leave the series:

"My conscience is completely clear. I've lived my life, particularly my working life, on the basis that I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror about the way I behave. It wasn't a bold move, it was an entirely natural one. I'm hugely grateful to the children who to this day come up and talk to me about the show."

Even though Christopher Eccleston has made his peace with leaving Doctor Who and the way the whole thing went down, he's still refusing to come back for that, oh, little upcoming 50th-anniversary bash that'll happen next year.

"No. Never bathe in the same river twice," the actor said last year.

And that's still a big bummer.

What do you guys think?

(via Digital Spy)