Christopher Eccleston Wishes He Hadn't Left Doctor Who So Soon

Christopher Eccleston, who starred in the 2005 revival of "Doctor Who," regrets staying for only one season.

“It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer," he told the radio show "Drive" on Melbourne, Australia's 774 ABC. "He’s a beautiful character, and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance. I was learning new skills, in terms of playing light comedy. I was not known for light comedy and, again, production did not allow for that.”

The actor, whose previous credits included "Shallow Grave," "Elizabeth" and "28 Days Later," played the Ninth Doctor in BBC's relaunch of the iconic sci-fi series, marking its return to the air for the first time since 1989 (there was also a 1996 TV movie).

Eccleston was replaced at the end of the first season by David Tennant, but he still receives a lot of credit for the revival's success. The passionate fan base of Whovians was cemented in that season, which also introduced Billie Piper as the Doctor's companion/love interest Rose Tyler.

The 10th Season of "Doctor Who," once again starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, began filming in June for a targeted spring premiere.

(via Radio Times)

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