Christopher Eccleston: Doctor Who “Needed to Reinvent Itself”

Christopher Eccleston has lauded the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor while chastising the BBC for resting on their laurels.

Speaking on Lorraine Kelly on her ITV chat show (via Digital Spy) about the return of The A Word, Eccleston, who helped reinvent the Doctor for the BBC in 2005, felt that it was about time the BBC moved on.

“Hurrah! The BBC have gone as far as they can with skinny white men, I think.

“It’s time, isn’t it? It had to change, and God knows how much money it makes for the BBC. They needed to reinvent it, and they could not have chosen someone better.”

Earlier this year, Jodie Whittaker was announced as the first female actor to take on the role of the Doctor in Chris Chibnall’s first season as showrunner. She’ll be joined in the TARDIS by The Chase host Bradley Walsh and two other companions Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Eccleston also explained why he hasn’t been a regular fixture on the convention circuit since leaving Doctor Who.

“I’ve never done conventions. I know there’s a lot of money there, isn’t there? But I’ve always just wanted to earn my living by acting.

“And that’s not a judgment on people who do them. It’s just the way I am. So I’ve avoided all that so far. But listen – who know’s what’s around the corner financially?”

The A Word returns Tuesday 14th November on BBC One.

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    Yes, the only way to reinvent or rejuvenate something these days is to gender-bend a historically male character and role model. A lack of imagination and creativity is a more likely reason – along with the agenda-driven stunt casting. And better still, it looks like you people that are going to watch this PC drivel will be treated to a female Mork from Okr! Give me Colin Baker and his multi-coloured dream coat any day!

  • ColeBox

    Just going to put this here…

    There does seem to be a bit of a general contradiction in so much that many in fandom are saying that with Jodie Whitaker it’s still Doctor Who, but with a female as the Doctor. If that is the case, what is it that’s being re-invented?

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      She’s got braces. That is totally progressive. Braces are what is needed to re-invent the show!!!

      • Jack Ashcraft

        She looks like a member of the 80s girl band Banana-Rama.

  • Jack Ashcraft

    DW didn’t need reinventing. The SJWs simply wanted to reinvent it in their own socio-political image, which will result in its cancellation. Watch and see.