Published on April 3rd, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
Tabloids Claim BBC Livid
Our friendly red-tops are Doctor Who hungry, and to prove it todays Sunday Mirror alleges:
DOCTOR WHO quitter Christopher Eccleston promised BBC bosses he WOULD return in the next series.
But he made an abrupt U-turn after winning rave reviews for his portrayal of the Time Lord.
Now BBC bosses are “livid” with Eccleston, who they claim has used and abused them for his own career.
In an interview for the BBC’s Doctor Who website, he said: “I will film Dr Who for seven months over the next two to three years and as long as I’m not too tired I’ll do theatre in between.” The interview was quickly taken off the internet when he announced he was ditching the show.
The Sunday Mirror has learned that Eccleston is already talking to Hollywood producers about major filmroles.
A BBC insider said: “Bosses were fuming about Christopher walking out. He had made a gentleman’s agreement to stay for at least another series. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.”
(You can read the original article here)
This article at last gives some suggestion as to when Eccleston made his decision – in the last 14 days if his departure was due to his popular performance – although this obviously can’t be confirmed yet.
Whatever level of truth is involved in this article we should point out that the comments attributed to Eccleston on the BBCs Official Doctor Who site are genuine.
As long as the media run with this one, which they will no doubt do until at least a new Doctor is chosen, one thing is for certain. If Christopher Eccleston thought he could go quietly from the role he’s been badly advised/mistaken…
End of the World Audience Figures
Meanwhile website Relative Dimension has the overnight viewing figures for the latest installment of Doctor Who (reviewed here). Apparently the Doctor has again trounced the competition averaging 6.3 million viewers and peaking at 7 million, attaining a majority of the audience share. It should be noted that the figures published here don’t include under 16s – it also doesn’t include all sources of information usually used to calculate audience figures.
Interestingly, “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” reached it’s 7.1 million peak after Doctor Who had finished…