Maybe because Tennant and Smith have done a vastly superior job? I can't even bring myself to rewatch his episodes.
"Maybe because Tennant and Smith have done a vastly superior job?"
Tennant is a bug-eyed ham who demeans existence. Only Smith has been tolerable.
Eccleston is not only the worst of the recent Doctors, but also a terrible actor. Tennant can be nimble and witty actor opening landscapes with his words. I've seen both Eccleston and Tennant in other roles. Smith is fun, suited to be the Doctor and cute. I haven't seen any of his other work.
I liked Eccleston as the Doctor, found him to be absolutely superior over Smith. In my book Nine is in my top three of all Doctors. Why he is a jerk about it, I don't know. I always thought they fired him because he is difficult to work with. I don't see any good reason for him to quit such prestigious and rewarding job.
He's talented but also a diva who balks at the schedule required to film a TV show.
Before Eccleston's year of Doctor Who aired, he said it was an honor to have been asked.
As for talent, the first time I saw him, he was in [italic]Shallow Grave.[/italic] the next time I saw him, he was playing a cop in [italic]Cracker[/italic], and I didn't even recognize him. He has some range.
The story on why he left keeps changing. The original reason given by both him and the producers was that he always only had a year contract. Now recently he's going around saying that he was worried about typecast and had creative differences. Sheesh get your story straight.
And don't be bad-mouthin' my Tom Baker. That man with his curly Jewfro was my very first crush.
Chris is a good guy, he's just not David. The both have very strong work ethics and integrity, but in different ways. David believes that playing the lead means being the leader, setting the atmosphere on set and taking care of everyone, while Chris believes a set should be more democratic and equal and I don't think was comfortable being a leader. But he was good fun and a good guy and did speak up when he saw extras and runners being abused.
That is the main issue he had on DW, one of the S1 directors (Keith Boak) treated people like shit, Chris confronted him, and later got into a fight with Phil Collinson over it because he thought Phil was brushing it under the carpet. I don't agree (Boak has never directed for any Whoniverse shows again which I think shows they did take it seriously), I think the set was just too crazy and hectic for Phil or anyone to be able to deal with or to discipline him properly. The BBC had never done anything on DW's scale before and that first series was a trainwreck. Constantly weeks behind schedule, constant chaos, actors being called on set, sitting in their trailers all night then not getting round to their scenes being shot. It was super stressful. I believe Chris' dad was very ill which put him under more stress. I don't blame him for deciding to leave. The second series was like night and day and had the benefit of David who would make any set a joy.
Chris did originally only sign a one-year contract with the option for more. Due to a combination of the Boak/Collinson thing, how crazy the shooting was, and his dislike of some of the writing tone (the farting aliens), he decided not to renew his contract. The BBC used the fact he'd only signed up for one-year to make out he was only ever supposed to do one year, which was not an outright lie but a distortion of the truth.
Chris is a really good guy though, and a great actor. He's a lot more fun and goofy than his image suggests.
Russel T. Davis claimed that without getting Eccleston to play the Doctor the remake wouldn't have happened.
I'd guess the show was just too family friendly for Eccleston who is more into playing dark and brooding characters.
Thanks R9, very interesting post.
I think he's just a private guy who doesn't like a lot of attention in the limelight.
Not much is known about his personal life, either. Despite being in his mid-40's, he's apparently never been married or had kids.
Can't stand Tennant, all he does is mug and grin and look ridiculous. Thought Chris was much better.
Gay or straight R9? He doesn't ping to me but his personal life is very secretive.
He is not beautiful or charming but he is sexy in a way...
He was great as Jude...you remember him in 'Jude', don't you...?
No, Chris is married and has a young son named Albert. I guess his son would be a year or two old by now. He has spoken about his wife and son publicly but only rarely, and the marriage and birth didn't get in the tabloids.
Link please, R22
Matt Smith is my favorite Doctor. Christopher Eccleston is my second favorite.
The Doctors in the original series are still the best.
"The internet cliché is that you’re a stroppy bachelor, ex-Time Lord who’s moved back up North to tend to his whippets. “That’s misinformation. I hate to disappoint you.” Christopher Eccleston has bad news for the online trolls. He is married. In February he will become a father for the first time. Also, he lives in north London where he jogs past Julian Barnes and Melvyn Bragg on Hampstead Heath of a morning and sees Liam Gallagher in the local butchers. “I don’t say hello to Liam because there is something fundamentally absurd about interrupting a rock star buying his sausages,” he says."
The Times, December 2011.
"Question: Who had the most profound effect on your life, and what advice would you give to your son Albert?
Christopher Eccleston: My mother and father, definitely, I had an incredibly happy childhood and loving and supportive parents, everything I’ve achieved in life is down to … getting a bit emotional here! - the start they gave me in life, without a doubt. My advice to Albert would be to try and get himself parents like I had. He’s done it, he’s got a mum like my mum."
National Theatre Q&A, July 2012
I was at the NT talk, he was very sweet talking about his wife and son, during and after the QA. Proof actors can be private and keep their private lives out of the press, while still being normal.
Quite different from David Tennant who acts like his wife's existence is a state secret, and freaks out at anyone who mentions her or his family, even if it's just to say congratulations!
What a douchebag. I mean David Tennant.
Have you ever imagined having sex with Christopher Eccleston?
It took some time for me, but I think Smith is the best Doctor since Baker. Tennant is a very close second.
Eccleston's appeal is that he sexualized the Doctor.
Well, Chris probably loves and chose to marry and have children with his wife. He doesn't have to deal with being chased by the paps and seeing stuff about his relationship leaked the the Mail all the time.
Don't know anything about Dr. Who but Christopher is one of the few actors who could make pumpkin breeches look sexy in the Cate Blanchett film Elizabeth. He had a buzz cut in that one and he was really hot, not even playing a romantic role.
Sorry, I should link a photo but I'm too lame.