Yesterday’s Doctor Who @ 50 event at the BFI saw Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways screened before an audience of fans who had gathered to celebrate the 13 episodes of the Ninth Doctor’s era.
While Christopher Eccleston wasn’t available to join the panel (which included Phil Collinson, director Joe Ahearne and Dalek and The Long Game actor Bruno Langley) he did send a message, which was read by host Justin Johnson:
I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.
If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.
We think it’s a lovely message, one that underlines that Eccleston does have affection for Doctor Who, despite what certain fans might think. There have been several stories over the years describing his encounters with younger fans that portray an actor who is more than happy to be associated with the show. While we may never learn the truth behind his departure (or this year’s sudden withdrawal from the 50th anniversary episode) there is no need to allow the limited length of his era tarnish this.
Let’s just remember – Christopher Eccleston doesn’t owe us anything. In fact given his importance to the return of Doctor Who in 2005, it could be fairly argued that we owe him a lot. The sooner this bad attitude goes, the better.
(Via Radio Times.)