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Watch This Great Clip of Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth from 2018

It was Christopher Eccleston’s birthday last week, and Big Finish just released the final boxset of The Ninth Doctor Adventures Series 1 — so it feels a good time to look back at the time Eccleston played the titular role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

And tomorrow (22nd February), it’ll be a year since I interviewed Christopher for the DWC. He was my first Doctor, the man who introduced me to this show, this universe, so it was a real privilege. And he proved to be a truly lovely guy, perfectly embodying who the Doctor is.

I asked him if he thought any of his other performances would translate to audio (i.e. for Big Finish). He replied:

“Well, I’m not finished with Macbeth. I did 119 performances of Macbeth; I want very much to revisit that on the stage in London in a much smaller, more script-based, intimate, stripped-back production. I really want to do that on stage, and I will go back to it; I’m not finished with Macbeth. And I would very much like to do Macbeth with Big Finish. There’s a couple of Shakespeares I’d like to do – Richard the ThirdCoriolanus, Shylock in Merchant of Venice.”

So here’s a mesmerising scene from his 2018 Macbeth performance.

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.

Watch This Great Clip of Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth from 2018

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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