Five years ago, actor Christopher Eccleston created waves in the “Doctor Who” community when he decided to leave the revived series after just one season in the role.
In that time, fans have speculated as to why Eccleston left the iconic Time Lord role, but everyone associated with the show has been tight-lipped about the decision for Eccleston’s departure.
But now Eccleston is looking to set the record straight on why he left.
The actor says he was proud of the work he did on the show, but he “wasn’t comfortable working on it.”
“I think it’s more important to be your own man than be successful, so I left,” he tells BBC News.
“I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn’t want to do any more,” he said.
“I didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in,” he continues. “I thought if I stay in this job, I’m going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong.”
But the 46-year-old said the fact that he played the Doctor – and not that he had quit – was “the most important thing”.
“I really feel that because it kind of broke the mold and it helped to reinvent it. I’m very proud of it,” he adds.