Christopher Eccleston (remember him? He played the Ninth Doctor what seems like a lifetime ago, before emergency temporal shifts and The Silence were even heard of) has answered a few personal questions for the Guardian newspapers article series, “This much I know”.
Talking about his career, his family and his likes and dislikes, Eccleston is surprisingly open as he bares all about his life.
For a few examples, the actor talks about his approach to a roles and how he gets into the mindset for the characters that he plays:
“It’s about the endless boring repetition of line learning and then at some point you’re free of the script and can be instinctive with it.”
But of course, like any good actor, he can get quite invested in a role which results in a little emotional spillover when he leaves the set, but that can always be remedied when the actor has some time to himself:
“I go for a run. And drink red wine. Sometimes I run down the street drinking red wine!”
And naturally as a man who has played the role of the good Doctor, he’s a beacon and an idol for children and adults alike, especially young children who may have a slight wobble when meeting their hero:
“Usually they don’t say much – it’s quite overwhelming for them to meet Doctor Who. One little boy just burst into tears. His mum said to me: “Will you say hello?” I did, and he burst into tears – and I understand it, that confusion about what’s real. Long may it last.”
For more revealing truths from the actor visit The Guardian to see all his answers in full. Eccleston stars with Chiwetel Ejiofor in The Shadow Line this Thursday on BBC Two.