Christopher Eccleston admits he felt ‘bitter and betrayed’ on Doctor Who as he compares show to ‘plunge down a well’

Christopher Eccleston admits he felt ‘bitter and betrayed’ on Doctor Who as he compares show to ‘plunge down a well’

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CHRISTOPHER Eccleston has opened up about he felt “bitter and betrayed” after leaving Doctor Who.

The star said the bad nature of his split from the BBC show plunged him “down a well” and doing conventions has acted as a way to heal.

Christopher Eccelston was the Doctor for the first season of the show’s revival
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Writing in his memoir I Love The Bones Of You, Eccleston, 55, said: “Yes I have felt bitter, and yes, I have felt betrayed, but I know also that Doctor Who was the best thing that, professionally, ever happened to me, not so much a learning curve as a plunge down a well and a long climb towards sunshine I see now.

“These days, I feel nothing but positive about the show, to the extent I have even started doing conventions, something I’d been wary of because I always wanted to earn my money from acting.”

He says the attention from fans is therapeutic and he loves how much attention they’ve paid to his career.

He starred alongside Billie Piper
BBC
He’s previously said Rose should have taken the role of Doctor
BBC / courtesy Everett

The actor continues: “What I’ve actually found is some amazing people who want to talk to me not only about Doctor Who but Our Friends in the North, 28 Days Later, Second Coming, Shallow Grave, Cracker and so on.

“People bring memorabilia from across my whole career, which makes me feel good about my work and also about myself. It has healed something in me.

“Forget producers, forget politics – here are real people who have seen me do my stuff and want to shake my hand.”

Russell T Davies is responsible for shows like Queer as Folk and Years and Years
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Christopher also recently admitted he fell out with the showrunner at the time, Russell T Davies – but praised him for what he did with the show.

Speaking at Rose City Comic Con, the star said: “I think it’s fair to say [Doctor Who]’s gotten bigger since I did it, and he must get the credit for this – not me, not David Tennant, but Russel T Davies.

“Now, me and Russell T Davies have serious personal difficulties and disagreements. We don’t get along. But he’s the man who’s responsible. He took the character of Rose, he feminised Doctor Who.

“The assistant is now just as integral to Doctor Who, the female role. And that came from Russell. He really did that, him and Billie [Piper].”

He left the show after one season of the 2005 revival of the classic programme.


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