Among Doctor Who fans there is a saying “you never forget your first Doctor,” which as a fan I think rings very true. I know many Doctor Who fans who have come in at various phases of the Doctor. Some who were fans of the original run of the series and then some who didn’t come on board until the reboot in 2005.
Me, I came in with Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor and he is definitely my Doctor. A lot of my friends (many of whom were responsible for finally getting me to watch Doctor Who) are big fans of the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, who left too soon for many of fan’s liking. Well it seems that Eccleston (who I’ll always remember as the villain in Gone in 60 Seconds) feels the same way now.
Though never one to dispute his disliking for BBC and Doctor Who management expressed regret over leaving the show after just one season in a recent interview with 774 ABC Melbourne’s Drive. Eccleston had this to say;
“It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer. He’s a beautiful character and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance. I was learning new skills, in terms of playing light comedy. I was not known for light comedy and, again, production did not allow for that.”
Unfortunately for fans of the 9th Doctor we can’t go back in a Tardis and fix this (though him leaving did give us the wonderfully fun David Tennant) but maybe with this recent public admission of regret he’ll participate in more anniversary shows, and you know, it is a show that involves time travel and we’ve already seen 10 and 11, along with the War Doctor (who was supposed to be Eccleston) all on screen together, one can hope that maybe 12 or the eventual 13 will somehow run into 9.
So what do you think about that dear reader? Would you like to see the show revisit the 9th Doctor in some way? Let us know in the comments below.
Also as a random thought, I think David Bowie would have made for an awesome Doctor.