Christopher Eccleston (2010)

There’s always been an element of mystery surrounding Christopher Eccleston’s departure from the show, not least because the official version of the story never quite made sense. So here’s Eccleston talking in 2010 about his decision to quit, and although he certainly doesn’t ‘spill the beans’, he does seem to hint that there were a few more personal – and personnel – conflicts than have previously been acknowledged:

“I’m very proud of it. I really feel that, because it kind of broke the mould and it helped to reinvent it.

“I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn’t want to do any more. I didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in. I thought if I stay in this job, I’m going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong.

“I think it’s more important to be your own man than be successful, so I left. They (the BBC) handled it (the departure) very badly but they issued an apology and I dropped it.”

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