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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 06:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Christopher Eccleston has quit his role in the new version of Doctor Who. He said that he didnt want to be typecast as an actor. More info here

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4395849.stm


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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 06:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I would imagine that he'd be gutted.


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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 10:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yesterday was a funny old day. This time of the afternoon, we were all doing cartwheels as Jane Tranter announced a second series and a Christmas Special...

Then eight hours later the news comes out that Eccleston's definitely not coming back for a second season.

Bollocks.

I mean, he'd been cagey about it whenever he was asked in recent interviews, but I always hoped and expected that he would do at least two years in the role - I'm also amazed he wasn't in a cast-iron contract for a second were the option to be taken up by the BBC.

I'm gutted, I really am. It's devastating, in as much as a TV show can be anyway - he was so good in the role, he'd put such a stamp on it after only one episode. And that it should come out so soon really takes the shine off of the remaining twelve - what's the point in getting to know and like the Ninth Doctor when he's going to be gone so soon? Last night it was terrible, I had that awful post-England-penalty-shoot-out-defeat feeling. I'm rather more in perspective about it today, but it still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

It seems the workload and press exposure were just too much for him, although it seems there may have been murkier factors at work, too - the drama department's 15% budget cuts and Eccleston's salary may have had something to do with it, but that's pure speculation on my part.

There are pluses of course - a second season, woo-hoo! But I dearly wish Chris would have been in it... The indications are that he will at least be back for the Christmas special, so we'll have a proper regeneration story, which could be pretty spectacular. I'm disappointed for all the kids who've come on board with the new series though, to be losing 'their' Doctor so soon. At least Billie will be staying on as Rose, providing some continuity of character for them.

Still, it looks as if my prediction of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor from back in the 'Doctor Who' thread here is going to come true. I do wish it hadn't been for another few years though.

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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 10:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's a shame. I have not even seen the first episode yet....

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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 11:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love David Tennant.. I think he'll be fabulous..

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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 11:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In interviews, he always sems a bit embarrassed by the whole thing - perhaps he's watched the later episodes? He's been a pretty naff Doctor thus far anyroad - Captain Kirk would have just twatted that plastic thing instead of waiting for that bit of totty to save him.

The new chap they have earmarked for the part looks much more the ticket.


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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 11:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually I think that Flashman himself should get the job - and what a job he'd make of it no doubt


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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 11:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"And that it should come out so soon really takes the shine off of the remaining twelve - what's the point in getting to know and like the Ninth Doctor when he's going to be gone so soon?"

Agreed. I'm fairly pissed off. Had the news emerged 3 months from now I may have been in a more forgiving mood.

I was convinced late last night that it was an early April Fool's joke.

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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 11:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr Mercury wrote:

Actually I think that Flashman himself should get the job - and what a job he'd make of it no doubt


What, me with a time machine? But I'd use it for ill!

Plus I'd keep going back to a week last Tuesday.
A fine mount, she was.


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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 17:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I go for that too - Flashman for the new Doctor Who!!!!!!!


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Posted: 31 Mar 05, 17:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Flashy as the new Dr Who:

(In best Paul Whitehose impersonation)

"Who me, Flashy, the third Earl of Bath, in the ladies dormitaries, at three in the morning?"


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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 02:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He'd have a fair way to go to catch up with some of Tom's... erm... 'exploits'.

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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 09:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've heard that actor David Tennant is going to the tenth Doctor. Hope there is going to be a regeneration scene - unlike the Paul McGann regenerating into Christopher Eccleston (which we never saw).


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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 09:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Indeed. I point once again to my prediction of a few weeks back! ;-)

And yes, all signs are that Eccleston will be appearing in the Christmas Special, which will it seems be the regeneration story. If nothing else, with RTD at the helm we should get something fairly dramatic, probably the best regeneration since Androzani.

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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 11:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"If nothing else, with RTD at the helm we should get something fairly dramatic, probably the best regeneration since Androzani."

I've always preferred Logopolis! "Caves of..." had an excellent regeneration scene though!


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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 11:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I wasnt sure about Logopolis

adric was in it...urgh

enough said

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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 12:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"You should've put a bet on that bloke from cassanova being the new Dr ,Taylor_Mayed . You would have cleaned up !"

Well, I think it was pretty obvious really when you consider that...

1) He's a Who fan, and has appeared in many of Big Finish's audio CDs, including their 'Dalek Empire' spin-off series. He also narrated the 'A New Dimension' documentary shown last Saturday on BBC One.
2) He's worked with both Executive Producers, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, on "Casanova", and very recently too.
3) He's become something of a 'BBC face' recently, starring in "He Knew He Was Right", "Blackpool", "Casanova" and tomorrow in the live "Quatermass Experiment".
5) I know nothing of Harry Potter at all, so correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd guess that being 'Barty Crouch Jr' whoever he may be, will give him kudos with the kids.
6) He's a damn fine actor!

Also, Russell is now going around saying the whole thing was planned from the start...

http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/
tm_objectid=15356540&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=dr-
who-actor-s-departure-will-unfold-on-screen--name_page.html

Oh, and "Logopolis" better than "Androzani" ? Pah! "Logopolis" isn't bad, in fact it's very good, but come on... "The Caves of Androzani" man! Still, each to their own... ;-)

Anyway, there are normal people watching, we shouldn't really be talking about this stuff.

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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dicks is indeed still alive - he'll be seventy this year I believe. He was at the Cardiff press premiere of the first episode of the new series early last month, and gave it a resounding thumbs-up.

He officially wrote four stories on his own, plus one ("The War Games", 1969) co-written with Malcolm Hulke. His four credited solo efforts are "Robot" (1974, Tom Baker's first story), "Horror of Fang Rock" (1977), "State of Decay" (1980) and finally "The Five Doctors" (1983).

In addition, he re-wrote much of Brian Hayles' script for "The Seeds of Death" (1969) in his then capacity as Assistant Script Editor - he didn't get an on-screen credit for this, however (although he did on the back cover of the 1980s video release). In 1976 he wrote the original script for "The Brain of Morbius", but the Script Editor, Robert Holmes, re-wrote large chunks of it, which annoyed Dicks at the time (he later calmed down, as he and Holmes were friends) and insisted that it go out under 'some bland pseudonym' - hence its transmission under the name of 'Robin Bland'.

As well as this he novelised a *ton* of TV Doctor Who stories for Target Books, and in the last decade and a half has written several original DW novels. I think he's got another one due out from BBC Books sometime later this year, actually.

Hope that answers your question! :-)

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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 16:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Happy to help! :-)

Now, if anyone else has any questions in this "Ask Paul about Doctor Who" thread...

;-)

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Posted: 01 Apr 05, 16:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

still think Logopolis is better than androzani...
although I may have to watch it on dvd again!