Christopher Eccleston will become the ninth Doctor Who
Shallow Grave actor Christopher Eccleston has been named as the new Doctor Who to front the cult BBC sci-fi show when it returns next year.
Eccleston, who starred alongside Nicole Kidman in the horror movie The Others, will be the ninth TV Time Lord to control the Tardis in a 13-part series.
The 40-year-old has starred in Flesh and Blood, The Second Coming, and TV series Our Friends in the North.
The BBC said the Salford-born actor would take "a fresh, modern approach".
'Edgy and eccentric'
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.
So, whaddya think? I think he'll be great! I thought it was going to be Alan Davis (who plays Johnathan Creek in the BBC drama...)
March 22nd, 2004, 06:29 PM
And the TV series Cracker (with Robbie Coltraine, who plays Hagrid!) You might also know him as the 'off his head' Army Captain in 28 Days Later, and he was in the film Elizabeth too.
This is really, really good news. He is currently one of Britain's best actors, in my opinion. Multifaceted, chameleonlike and contemporary - just what the part needed.
Now I'm quite excited. They can't really mess this up, can they?
Thanks funky for putting that up.
March 22nd, 2004, 07:30 PM
Just a few questions:
When is this due? (I'm guessing Christmas 2004/ sometime in 2005)
What's the budget like? (I'm torn. I'm not convinced a massive budget is really neccessary- I quite like the stagey low budget homey feel that Dr Who has had for some time however a budget on the scale of something like spooks would be nice)
Will it stay on this time? I mean an entire generation's missed out on Dr Who already
Will they bury more Dr who masters under Britain's up and coming motorways? ;) Well, it's not just Dr Who- the Wicker Man's under the M6 apparently
March 22nd, 2004, 10:52 PM
He looks a lot younger than 40. He could grow on me.
Personally, I'd like to have seen Matthew MacFadyen from Spooks and Masterpiece Theatre: The Way We Live Now.
March 23rd, 2004, 07:17 AM
...except that they start filming in May this year & it's due for release in 2005. I am sure SFX magazine will probably have the full details as Paul Cornell writes for them (he wrote the online 'Who' - Scream of the Shakala (I think was the title?) & he's a big 'Who' fan...
I think the budgets gonna have to be bigger & with modern day production values. Mind you, having a bigger budget didn't do 'Red Dwarf' any favours - couldn't compensate for the loss of Chris Barrie IMHO.
I haven't heard who the writers are yet... hey, BBC... gizza job!!!
March 23rd, 2004, 11:24 PM
I assume they're not going to regenerate Paul McGann into the new Doctor? Without it, the continuity will be killed.
It would be cool if he regenerates, then the two doctors meet, so we have a version of The Two Doctors. That would be a killer way to begin.
And how about the the return of the Master, with a beard and having rediscovered his hypnotic powers.
March 24th, 2004, 12:05 PM
I am in two minds. On the one hand he is a great actor. On the other hand, I can't see it.....Probably need to see him in action to see if it works.
A female Dr would have been great. Maybe in the future..
March 24th, 2004, 08:11 PM
He looks like Paul McGann minus the wig.
Now all we need is a good companion, preferably two.
March 30th, 2004, 10:36 PM
The series has been given a $2.5 million budget, the highest of any BBC drama ever.
This sounds both good and bad. If they plan on turning a decent profit, I assume they will try to capture the US market, bringing about flashbacks of the telemovie.
On the other hand, if they spend the money wisely, write good scripts and stick to the original formula, this series will be so cool.
March 31st, 2004, 11:41 AM
Errr..... going to hold back on the champagne just for now....
According to the Radio Times, one of the people being considered for the good Doctor's companions is....
That's Billie Piper, aka Mrs Chris Evans.... teen popstar of such hits as 'Because we want to'....
See here for a picture (http://www.tiscali.co.uk/lifestyle/galleries/then_now_celebrities/images/large/billie_piper.jpg)
The closest equivalent I can think of in the US is some one like Jessica Simpson?
Oh dear. IMO this could be a mistake of almost Bonnie Langford proportions. I should've said nothing earlier! :mad: