Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston has said that he holds no ill feelings towards Doctor Who.
Speaking to the Radio Times he briefly spoke about giving the Ninth Doctor a northern accent: “I wanted to move him away from the RP (received pronunciation) for the first time because we shouldn’t make a correlation between intellect and accent, although that still needs addressing”.
He then added: “I hope I’ll be remembered as one of the Doctors. I have no ill feeling towards the character or the series. I don’t watch it and am not keen to discuss it because I want this to be about Safe House [Eccleston’s new ITV drama]. That’s my mortgage.”
UPDATE: Eccleston participated in another couple of interviews released this weekend where he spoke about leaving the role.
In the Daily Record he explained: “I’d had enough. I wanted to do it my way, they wanted something else. We were never going to compromise so it was best to be straight about it and just go.”
On BBC Radio 4 meanwhile: “Myself and three individuals at the very top of the pyramid clashed, so off I went. But they’re not here to say their side of it, so I’m not going to go into detail.”
He adds: “I don’t think it’s important why I left, I think it’s important that I did it in the first place. … I’m always there in spirit.”