Posts Tagged ‘ninth doctor’

The exact circumstances behind Christopher Eccleston’s departure from Doctor Who​ after just one series remain unknown. From various interviews he’s given over the last decade it seems clear that there was a clash between himself and members of the production team over the working ethos of the programme that left him uncomfortable and not prepared to carry on.

On the one hand fans praise him for his performance as the Ninth Doctor and his key role in reviving the series, and then on the other they lambast him for his short tenure and non-participation in The Day of the Doctor.

The most recent titbit about his departure emerged in this interview on Radio 4’s Loose Ends where he mentions that “myself and three other individuals at the top of the pyramid clashed”. Whether this is a reference to Executive Producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, and Producer Phil Collinson, is unclear and Eccleston quite properly refuses to elaborate as those concerned aren’t present to put their view of events.

Each and every time Eccleston has been quizzed about his departure from Doctor Who he’s behaved in a professional and courteous manner on a subject that he must be tiring of after a decade. Granted he’s on occasion ended an interview when the subject has been raised but this would come after the interviewer had been specifically requested beforehand not to mention Doctor Who. If the agreed rules of the game are broken then Eccleston has every right to walk. As he mentions in this interview (in which he’s very relaxed and lighthearted when the subject of Doctor Who is raised) everyone should concentrate at the fact that he turned up in the first place not that he left. He also reaffirmed that he actively pursued Russell T Davies for the chance to portray the Doctor, and that one of the reasons for this was his desire to play a role that appealed to children.

One day Christopher Eccleston will give an interview that reveals definitively why he only did 13 episodes of Doctor Who and then left the Ninth Doctor firmly in the past. But that will come when he’s ready and when he’s discussed the matter with the other parties concerned. Until that day fans should simply enjoy the era of the Ninth Doctor.

And when the 60th anniversary special of Doctor Who arrives I’d put money on the presence of Christopher Eccleston’s fantastic Ninth Doctor.

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Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will debut on Saturday 23 August 2014 in a feature-length episode scripted by showrunner Steven Moffat entitled Deep Breath. What a dull title. And the news is accompanied by a truly insipid picture and trailer…

Twelfth Doctor trailer

Deep Breath may be the worst Doctor Who story title ever. It’s, well…just bloody dull. Whatever happened to attention-grabbing titles such as The Web of Fear, Carnival of MonstersThe Robots of Death. You were left waiting for a fearful web, a collection of monsters, and many deadly robots. Here you will be waiting for someone to breath? Possibly deeply?

More and more I can’t help but feel that Peter Capaldi, a massive Doctor Who fan since childhood, has inherited seriously damaged goods as his era begins. Controversy about misogynistic attitudes in recent scripts continues to dog Moffat, the quality of stories has declined over the course of the 2012/2013 series and 2013 specials, and the current companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) is one of the most underdeveloped and just plain uninterestingly wooden in the 51 year history of the series.

Even the publicity that’s supposed to get the blood pumping in excitement for the imminent adventures of the Twelfth Doctor is pretty poor. The just-released picture of the new Doctor and Clara seems to suffering from Photoshop overload with the Doctor seemingly about to launch into The Time Warp given his hands on his hips like that. And the accompanying trailer “Am I a good man?” leaves one cold.

As a Doctor Who fan since the Jon Pertwee era (my first memory is of the Third Doctor pulling the face off the policeman Auton at the end of episode one of Terror of the Autons) I’m seriously worried about just how absent my anticipation is for the arrival of Series 8. The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor were unmitigated disasters and nothing about Moffat’s continuing involvement into the Twelfth Doctor’s era leaves me hugely concerned about the continuing decline of the greatest science fiction series in the world.

And don’t get me started on the idiotic reasons behind having to call the Twelfth Doctor the fourteenth incarnation rather than the twelfth incarnation…

Here’s the naff, nay bloody awful, trailer.

And then compare with the trailer that built anticipation for the arrival of Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor, The Trip of a Life Time. In just 50 seconds Russell T Davies had fans screaming for 21st century Doctor Who to begin. Nine years later we’re getting a whimper, not a bloody big bang.