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Published on October 13th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

Eccleston Exhausted by Who?

Today’s Daily Telegraph features an interview with Jonathan Creek actor (and tabloid favourite for Doctor Who lead following the announcement of the show’s revival) Alan Davies. He is quite clear as to what the reason was behind Christopher Eccleston’s departure from the series:

The duffel-coated star of Jonathan Creek was once considered a favourite to play Dr Who. “When it was mooted, I thought it was going to be six half hours, like it used to be. And then when I heard it was 13 hour-long episodes and they were going to be in Cardiff for 10 months, I thought: Oooh,” he says. “Then they worked Christopher Eccleston into the ground, he quit and the BBC put it about that he didn’t want to be typecast. The truth was they just overworked him and he was exhausted.”

Or was he? According to The Mirror, Christopher Eccleston wasn’t happy with Davies’ comments at all!

IT’S safe to say that Alan Davies is firmly OFF Christopher Eccleston’s Christmas card list… The curly-haired comic announced last week that the Doctor Who star had not quit the sci-fi show because he feared he would be typecast, but because he was exhausted.

He claimed BBC bosses had worked his actor pal “into the ground” with the gruelling 10-month filming schedule.

Not so, Eccleston assures us. “Alan should keep his nose out of my business,” he booms angrily. “I rang his agent and told him he had no right to say what he did.” Er, right.

And what is the former Tardis-dweller up to now? “Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I’m out of work.”

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company celebrates it’s Ruby Anniversary in January, and a galaxy of stars are due to attend a night of “indulgence, luxury and merriment”, including Doctor Who David Tennant, according to The Scotsman

Whovention 7 is taking place in Sydney this weekend at the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney, from October 14 to 16. According to ninemsn.com.au, 150 guests are expected, and highlights include Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling as well as scriptwriter Robert Shearman:

We were aware it was its final chance to come back,” Shearman said.

He said he would love to see an episode of the show shot in Australia.

“I think that it would be ideal if they could perhaps try and come to Australia at some point,” Shearman said.

“They (the producers) want Doctor Who to be a very cosmopolitan show.”

Meanwhile Liam Teer, the President of the Doctor Who of Australia Club said:

…there were a whole range of Doctor Who fans.

“Obviously we have the ones who come along dressed as characters,” Teer said.

“I was also at a trivia quiz once and there was a guy who could quote entire episodes – at that point there was 26 years worth of episodes to know the script to.”

Meanwhile, convention season continues in the UK, with the Dimensions event in Stockton this November. And the Kasterborous team will be in attendance! More on that closer to the date.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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