“Lots of planets have a North,” quipped the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, to Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) in the first episode of the new Doctor Who back in 2005. But did you know that the CBC wanted to redub the actor?
Ahead of its release in mid-August, Blogtor Who got their hands on a copy of The Green Death special-edition DVD, which includes a documentary titled The Unquiet Dead, featuring fascinating interviews with former Who showrunner Russell T Davies and the BBC's former controller of drama commissioning, Jane Tranter.
The both of them discuss how they brought back the show in 2005, and there were a few high points that were really interesting—like wanting to bring back Tom Baker (kinda awesome, but a tad "out there") or having the Doctor played by … Dame Judi Dench (not sure about that one).
But out of the many featured highlights that caught our attention was the fact that the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)—then a financing partner and co-producers with the BBC for Doctor Who— wanted to redub Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston with a Canadian actor! (Hum, wow, okay.)
However, Davies put his foot down and told the CBC, "You're not doing that to our lead actor!"
We don't know about you guys, but we’re almost ready to bet our TARDIS shirts that the CBC was probably concerned about Chistopher Eccleston’s very distinctive Northern accent, fearing that most Canadians would have a hard time understanding what he said. (If that was the case, then why not redub Billie Piper as well?)
Thankfully, common sense prevailed!
What do you think? Do you agree that it would have been a bit silly for the CBC to redub Eccleston?
(via Blogtor Who)
In the meanwhile, enjoy!