His incarnation of everyone’s favourite son of Gallifrey suffered from survivor’s guilt, haunted by the terrors of war, but Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, says he welcomes more mature roles.
The actor, who starred as the Doctor in 2005 when showrunner, Russell T. Davies, bought back the series, appeared in Song for Marion, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray last month. Eccleston plays James, the estranged son of Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) and Arthur (Terence Stamp); after the former passes away, her husband joins her choir to honour her, bringing him and James closer together.
Christopher says mature, adult (not in that way) films are becoming more and more popular, something which big-shot producers should embrace:
“The industry is missing a trick if it doesn’t exploit what is undoubtedly a growing market. Culturally it’s very, very depressing when everything is about ‘youth’ and ‘physical beauty.’”
He particularly acknowledges its strong script, which is character-driven, not merely all about CGI:
“It was a good role; they were paying me; the film was about performance rather than special effects, and I’ve always been interested in the father/son dynamic.”
Song For Marion, which also stars – steady yourselves – Gemma Arterton (St. Trinian’s; Tamara Drewe), is just £10.20 from Amazon UK.