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You Have to Watch Christopher Eccleston's Heartfelt Interview for The A Word

This evening, The A Word is back on BBC1, once more starring the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston; in preparation for its return, Eccleston has given a moving interview about the series, his passion, and autism.
The drama, written by Peter Bowker (Marvellous), shows how a family cope with finding out the youngest member, Joe (Max Vento) is on the autistic spectrum. While it deals with the topic beautifully and in a truly heart-warming way, one of the best things about it is how it focuses just as much on the family dynamic as a whole. Eccleston plays Joe’s grandfather, who is struggling to carry on with his love life following the death of his wife.
Over a year ago, Eccleston granted a rare interview to filmmaker, Gerard Groves, who is himself on the autism spectrum. The pair have again caught up with one another on the eve of The A Word Series 2. It’s a genuinely lovely interview that you simply have to watch.

You know, you hear a lot of stories about Eccleston being somehow grumpy because he only did one series of Doctor Who. And those stories are rubbish. Just utter nonsense. What a wonderful man, perfectly encapsulating all it means to be the Doctor. I think it’s contained in this sentiment:

“If we all live with the idea that we’re not the most important person on the planet, we’d do a lot better.”

No wonder Russell T. Davies chose him to be the Ninth Doctor, to resurrect Doctor Who.
Thank you, Gerard, and thank you, Christopher.
The A Word Series 2 begins tonight on BBC1 at 9pm.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

You Have to Watch Christopher Eccleston's Heartfelt Interview for The A Word

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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