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Christopher Eccleston Says BBC 'Blacklisted' Him After 'Doctor Who'

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 13/03/2018 Daniel Welsh

Christopher Eccleston © Provided by Huffington Post Christopher Eccleston Christopher Eccleston has made a rather bold claim against the BBC, claiming the corporation “blacklisted” him following his departure from ‘Doctor Who’.

In 2005, it was announced that Christopher would be stepping down from the sci-fi show after just one series, at which point David Tennant took over as the Time Lord.

Handout photo issued by the BBC Doctor Who actors (from left) William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith taken from archive material to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. © Press Association Handout photo issued by the BBC Doctor Who actors (from left) William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith taken from archive material to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. He’s repeatedly hinted that his time on ‘Doctor Who’ wasn’t a particularly enjoyable one, with Christopher now accusing the BBC of trying to sabotage him in an interview with The Guardian.

He told the newspaper: “What happened around ‘Doctor Who’ almost destroyed my career. I gave them a hit show and I left with dignity and then they put me on a blacklist.

“I was abandoned, vilified in the tabloid press and blacklisted.”

Undated handout photo of former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston © Press Association Undated handout photo of former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston Christopher continued: “I was told by my agent at the time, ‘The BBC regime is against you. You’re going to have to get out of the country and wait for regime change’.

“So I went away to America and I kept on working because that’s what my parents instilled in me.”

HuffPost UK has reached out to the BBC for comment, and is awaiting a response.

Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in 'Doctor Who' © Provided by Huffington Post Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in 'Doctor Who' Since ‘Doctor Who’, Christopher has enjoyed success overseas, appearing in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and in the dark HBO drama ‘The Leftovers’.

Bonhams employee  emerges from the TARDIS used to transport the ninth incarnation of Dr Who, Christopher Eccleston, into Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, surrounded by 1960s Daleks, some of the items of Dr Who memorabilia in the auction house's Entertainment Memorabilia Sale. © Press Association Bonhams employee emerges from the TARDIS used to transport the ninth incarnation of Dr Who, Christopher Eccleston, into Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, surrounded by 1960s Daleks, some of the items of Dr Who memorabilia in the auction house's Entertainment Memorabilia Sale. He has also appeared in several BBC productions, including one episode of the 2010 BBC anthology drama, ‘Accused’, for which he won an International Emmy.

More recently, he starred in the 2016 BBC drama ‘The A Word’, playing the grandfather to a seven-year-old boy with autism.

Related: How to watch Doctor Who's 97 missing episodes (Digital Spy)


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