The Ninth Doctor actor – who starred as the last of the Time Lords in 2005 – told the Belfast Telegraph that he hasn’t worked since December, is slapdash in his choice of film roles but takes more care in accepting TV parts.
“I would actually like to do comedy for the rest of my life and surprise everyone and myself.
“My entire personal life has been a comedy, so I have experience.”
Eccleston has previously appeared briefly in an episode of The League of Gentlemen, while he also managed a moment of unaware and impromptu stand-up in the first few moments of 2005′s The Empty Child.
While Eccleston might be out of work currently, his extra-curricular activities continue – in April he visited Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast for the National Student Drama Festival, where the actor conducted a masterclass.