It’s all change aboard the TARDIS as a woman takes over the BBC’s Doctor Who for the first time ever. However, before we get to that, let’s head back to the earlier days of the sci-fi spectacular under the tenure of Christopher Eccleston.
While the modern generation struggle to decide who is their favourite “new” Doctor, it seems that even the previous Doctors themselves have their own choices for the top spot.
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Tom Baker famously played Doctor No.4, but in an interview with GQ, he spoke about those who have come after. In particular, he focussed on the show’s revival with Eccleston in 2005.
“I thought it was amazing that Eccleston stayed so little time [just one series],” reflected Baker. “I think that was [due to] a wonky contract that didn’t take an option for an extra season.”
While Baker blames the contracts, Eccleston previously claimed it was the politics of the BBC and the fact that he “didn’t fit” which forced his timely departure from the TARDIS.
Revealing what it was about Eccleston that impressed the former Doctor, Baker confessed it was his talent.
“He’s very rare. I caught a glimpse of him,” said Baker. “He was a very powerful actor. A very powerful actor.”
Eccleston led the “rebooted” series with Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler as his assistant, but the 28 Days Later actor only stepped into the iconic box for a single season.
Followed by David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and now Jodie Whittaker, Doctor Who admittedly wouldn’t be the show it is today without Eccleston’s somber doctor having given it a new lease of life.
As for a whole new era of Time Lords (and ladies), Eccleston himself recently had strong words for the BBC and said it was about time the long-running show had a reinvention.
Whittaker is expected to make her debut during Capaldi’s last episode on December 25, but with Doctor Who series 11 scheduled for an autumn 2018 release, fans of the show still have a while to wait before a woman gets properly behind the controls.