Dr. Who gone before he began
- Who Star Quits Abruptly
hristopher Eccleston has quit the title role of the BBC's new
Doctor Who series after just one episode of the new series aired,
the BBC reported. Eccleston, whose first appearance as the ninth
Time Lord attracted around 10 million viewers in its premiere on
March 26, feared being typecast, the network said.
Talks are taking place to replace him with Casanova star David
The surprise news followed earlier reports that the BBC, buoyed by
Doctor Who's huge audience, had ordered up a second season after
just one episode had hit British airwaves. Russell T. Davies will
again write the show, which is produced by BBC Wales.
Billie Piper, who plays Doctor Who's assistant, Rose, is expected to
Eccleston's last appearance is expected to be in a Christmas
special. He said that he is planning new projects and that he found
filming the series grueling, the BBC reported.