Category : TV
Date : 20.03.2004
Acclaimed British actor Christopher
Eccleston is to play Doctor Who in the forthcoming 13-part drama series
for BBC ONE, it was announced by Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama
Eccleston, star of Flesh & Blood and The Second Coming, will take
Doctor Who into the 21st century travelling through time and
space, fighting monsters on all fronts, in a fresh and modern approach
to the popular science fiction series.
He said: "I am absolutely
delighted to be playing Doctor Who.
"I am looking forward to joining forces again with
the incredible writer Russell T Davies and taking both loyal viewers
and a new generation on a journey through time and space which
way is the Tardis? I can't wait to get started!"
Jane Tranter says: We are delighted to have cast
an actor of such calibre in one of British television's most iconic
"It signals our intention to take Doctor Who into
the 21st century, as well as retaining its core traditional values -
to be surprising, edgy and eccentric.
"We have chosen one of Britain's finest actors
to play what, in effect, will be an overtly modern hero."
Executive producer/writer Russell T Davies adds: "We considered
many great actors for this wonderful part, but Christopher was our first
"This man can give the Doctor a wisdom, wit and
emotional range as far-reaching as the Doctor's travels in time and
"His casting raises the bar for all of us. It's
going to be a magnificent, epic, entertaining journey, and I can't wait
Filming in Cardiff later this year for transmission
in 2005, Doctor Who is produced by Phil Collinson.
The writers are Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark
Gatiss, Paul Cornell and Robert Shearman.
Executive producers are BBC Controller of Continuing
Drama Series, Mal Young; Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner and
Russell T Davies.