Eccleston has taken on one of television's most prized roles, the Doctor in DOCTOR
He follows in the footsteps of William Hartnell,
Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester
McCoy and Paul McGann as the space-time travelling Time Lord from the planet
His appointment to take the helm of
the TARDIS was confirmed on 22 March 2004.
The 40-year-old has starred in FLESH
AND BLOOD, THE SECOND COMING, and TV
series OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH.
The BBC hoped that the Salford-born actor
would take "a fresh, modern
Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: "We are delighted
to have cast an actor of such calibre in one of British television's most iconic
roles. It signals our intention to take Doctor Who into the 21st century, as
well as retaining its core traditional values - to be surprising, edgy and eccentric."
Born on 16 February 1964
has Eccleston said about his lead role in DOCTOR
"I just wanted to work with Russell T Davies."
"It's a fantastic series
and I am proud to be a part of it."
Eccleston admitted his role of the doctor
could have been "a poisoned chalice".
"You have to deliver a lot of pseudo-scientific
jargon and give it some charisma and wit. I watched Tom Baker do it and thought
he was brilliant."
"This is the closest I have ever been to playing myself," said
the 41-year-old actor. It's a version of me as a child, the way I feel about
the world and everything in it."
"Children are watching so you have to take
it seriously. Death happens in every episode - the world of DOCTOR
WHO is tough."
"It's an escape, it's a romp."
"It's the mystery
of the Doctor and the mystery of the relationship between the Doctor and his
On 31 March 2005, Christopher Eccleston
left the role in DOCTOR
Sadly, he will not film a second
series of the hit BBC1 family-series.
A new, TENTH incarnation (as a Time
Lord he can regenerate 12 times and then...that's it!) to join Rose Tyler in