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Christopher Eccleston rages 'I still haven't healed' from Doctor Who stint – insisting show was a 'nightmare'

Sep 10, 2021

CHRISTOPHER Eccleston raged as he recalled his Doctor Who stint as he confessed, "I still haven't healed".

The actor who took on the role of the Ninth Doctor in the cult series, also insisted working on the show was a "nightmare".


Christopher, 57, vented as he spoke at during a Q&A session at Dragon Con and explained why a return for the show's 60th anniversary celebrations would be "unlikely".

Radio Times reports how he told the audience: "My relationship with the BBC over Doctor Who has not healed.”

Christopher further commented on how his relationship with showrunner Russell T Davies and producers Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson, "completely broke down during the shooting of the first series".

Elaborating for the crowd, he added: " I think it’s fair to say… that the first series nobody knows what they’re doing and the politics are raging.

"The shooting of the first series was a nightmare."

But things took a turn for the worse when Eccleston agree to quit after just one series of the rebooted classic.

"I agreed with Russell that I would go, quietly and respectfully, and I would look after the show publicity-wise, in terms of publicising it," he recalled.

“And then, without saying anything to me, they announced that I was leaving… they created a quote, and they attributed it to me, which said I was tired."

Clarifying the statement, he added: "I didn’t find it too tiring. I found it too tiring working with Russell, and Phil and Julia."

Despite an apology later being issued, Christopher stated: "It's not enough".

The BBC and Russell T Davies have not yet responded to Christopher's comments.

With the actor recently reprising his role in the Big Finish audio series, The Ninth Doctor Adventures, hopes had been raised for his return to the BBC show.

But his comments confirm an appearance on the main programme and any 60th anniversary celebrations is highly unlikely.

Additionally, last year Christopher joked a return on the original series of Doctor who would only happen 'when hell freezes over'.

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