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Old 31-03-2005, 00:47   #21
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Old 31-03-2005, 01:34   #22
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David Tennant is way too young to be a credible doctor.
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Old 31-03-2005, 01:53   #23
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What a prat, why take the role in the first place if he thought he would be type cast. I really dislike actors who can not stick to a role.
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Old 31-03-2005, 02:55   #24
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Not surprised he walked, it was one of the single most embarrassing things I've seen on TV. I hope it didn't air outside the country coz I felt a sense of national shame at it's unprecedented crapness.
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Old 31-03-2005, 02:57   #25
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Well, face it. The ratings will plummet now. Eccleston has wrecked the shows comeback. Unless the actor who replaces him is amazing, the series will be dead and burried this time next year.
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Old 31-03-2005, 02:58   #26
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Did anyone notice this

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Eccleston - whose last appearance is expected to be in a Christmas special - said he was also planning new projects and that he found filming the series gruelling.
Considering that the most american shows are written,rehersed and recorded in a week this seems like whinging. He didn't impress me in Ep1 so this is no biggie.
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Old 31-03-2005, 03:23   #27
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The shouldn't have cast him in the first place, he's one of those actors that never settles in a role.
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Old 31-03-2005, 05:23   #28
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The shouldn't have cast him in the first place, he's one of those actors that never settles in a role.
What other roles has he not settled in?

I don't see the problem.He's a jobbing actor who ws offered a contract to play Doctor Who for one series.He did this and promotion for the series.
If he has decided to move on because he wants to play other roles or is simply holding out to get a larger fee due to the millions the BBC will make on merchandising etc fair play to him.
If anyone's at fault it's the BBC for being so clueless that they didn't get him to sign a two or three series deal.
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yep, just mentioned on Radio 5 Live.

I'm not too bothered because with only 13 episodes, I doubt we'd have time to really get to like him - its not like Tom Baker leaving after 7 years.

I wonder if Tom Baker could be tempted back??
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Old 31-03-2005, 06:03   #30
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Old 31-03-2005, 06:21   #31
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Can't say i'm surprised by this, as I said in the other thread he was very non-commital when Jo Whiley asked him about the possibility of him coming back for a second season.
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So much for wanting to be the Doctor for a new generation of fans.

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Looks like the Christmas Special might be something very special after all.

We'll possibly be getting a regen sequence...
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I'm surprised the BBC didn't lock him into more than one series -bet they're kicking themselves they didn't now. Mind you if the ratings don't hold up after a few eps it might give them the perfect excuse to drop it quietly and not do another series.

Rachel Weisz for the new Doctor!!

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Hats off to the BBC, just as all the free press was dying down about Doctor Who back on the TV, its now all over the front pages of the tabloids & a main news item again! Also this story will proberly run on & off right up untill Xmas now. Fantastic free publicity for the show

Liked the show on Saturday, but as the story was told from Rose's point of view I thought he did not have a lot of screen time to leave a big impression (but liked what I saw). As the series progress know doubt we will see how much he would be missed.

Part of me cant help feeling that this could be a way to get more money out of the BBC (Im sure if they gave him a good pay rise & artistic control over 1-2 separate projects a year he would change his mind), but what ever happens the Beeb need to tie down the next chap (please no silly talk of a woman Doctor! ) for at least 2-3 seasons.

At the end of the day like Bond, the role of Who is bigger than any actor that could play the part & will go on.

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More like Eccleston probably got the offer of a movie role paying more money that Dr Who, and make up the typecasting rubbish as an excuse to cry off the second series. Never really liked him as an actor. Always looks like a complete loon!
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I can't see this hurting the show - I suspect people will tune in once again on Saturday as a result, see a far stronger episode than "Rose", and get hooked in because of the series itself, rather than the hype.

It does amaze me that Ecclestone has jumped ship, it's Doctor Who after all, was he suprised there would be another series? Or did he think it was so rubbish while shooting that it would never get to a second series? Either way, I think his role has served its purpose; get a big name into the part so people tune in, instead of saying "who?" and not bothering, then regenerate after one season with someone small enough to not overshadow the show, but charismatic enough to keep the audience. Let that actor run with the part for a few series, then replace him again.

I would like to see a 5 doctors storyline again though. Bakers Colin and Tom are still around, as is Davison, McCoy, and McGann. Include Ecclestone and whoever the new guy is and you've got potential for a pretty good christmas special next year

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Weren't they forced to kill off his character in Cracker because he did a runner from that?

Also "fear of typecasring" after one 45 minute show has aired.

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Hmm, I'd be surprised if he'd have taken it on if they tried to lock him in. Still if the mooted guy, David Tennant, takes over then we'll have a capable actor and a big Dr Who fan in the role who is likely to stick with it for a decent length of time. And while some people might moan that he's only 33, he'd be 34 by the time he takes on the role and that's 4 years the senior of Peter Davison when he took it on. Not that that's important.
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Maybe... just maybe...

Eccie agrees to do Dr.Who as a favour to RTD, saying he'll only do one but will work his little cotton socks off to make sure it is watched.

RTD already has David Tennant up his sleeve.

Thus the BBC Publicity Dept has a way of keeping Dr.Who in the news for several weeks.

Dr.Who is massive once more.

Dr.Who Xmas Special is the smash Xmas hit (thus becoming the 'Morcambe & Wise' of Xmas for the next ten years).

But most importantly; Kids in the playground are arguing over which of them is the Doctor and who wants to be a dalek (and of course the fat kid complaining that he doesn't want to be Rose).
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