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Old August 25 2013, 04:48 PM   #121
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Oh I would totally seize every chance I get to get back at the people I used to work with by peppering press releases with cryptic double entendres. Sounds entirely reasonable.
Every chance?

Until about a year ago he kept absolute silence on the subject. Which people complained about as well; as if they had a right to demand he say something.
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Old August 25 2013, 04:48 PM   #122
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I have hopes for an appearence during NuWho's tenth anniversary.
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Old August 25 2013, 05:04 PM   #123
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Time to wish my life away for the next 50 years.

Well Christopher Eccleston seems to have a good sense of humour..........
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Old August 25 2013, 05:07 PM   #124
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Eccleston's statement hit me as funny and not passive aggressive.
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Old August 25 2013, 05:13 PM   #125
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Well I'd quite like Aherne to take over as showrunner one day, sounds like he's the only one Eccelston has any respect for. Shame as I thought he and RTD had had a good relationship beforehand.
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Old August 25 2013, 05:26 PM   #126
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I know Joe Ahearne wanted to do some more of his own stuff after directing almost half of Series One, but it really baffles me that they've never managed to get him back.

Almost as baffling as that they've never gotten back Hettie MacDonald.
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Old August 25 2013, 05:38 PM   #127
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Until about a year ago he kept absolute silence on the subject. Which people complained about as well; as if they had a right to demand he say something.
They had every right to demand it, and he had every right not to comply.
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Old August 25 2013, 05:38 PM   #128
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I know Joe Ahearne wanted to do some more of his own stuff after directing almost half of Series One, but it really baffles me that they've never managed to get him back.

Almost as baffling as that they've never gotten back Hettie MacDonald.
The scuttlebutt is that doing five episodes almost without a break (partly because they'd noticed how well he and Eccleston worked together so he was asked back to handle the finale in place of the director who was already lined up) left Ahearne so exhausted that his partner banned him fro.m going back: sort of "I can't stop you working yourself into an early grave but I won't stick around to watch it happen."
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Old August 25 2013, 05:48 PM   #129
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I think that just as Tom Baker later regretted not doing The Five Doctors, Chris will regret not doing this. The reason can be seen in his '100th anniversary' joke - namely, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Even if the show is on air in 10 years (and as we know, it wasn't on-air for its 30th and 40th anniversaries), the 60th won't have quite the same impact as the half-century. Matt and David might get to appear again in 10 years, just like Troughton and Pertwee did the 10th and 20th anniversary episodes but, for another 50 years, this year's is the big one.

For the sake of a few week's work, alongside a production team that's largely changed from his time, Chris had the chance to be a part of it, to bask again in the adulation, to know that fans would be delighted to see his return, etc. It's of course his right to decline but I'm baffled by it - I just can't see what the downside would've been for him. And I suspect that when he looks back at his career in years to come, he'll wonder the same thing.
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Old August 25 2013, 06:08 PM   #130
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Unfortunately, I don't think he will. I don't know if it's arrogance on his part, anger, or so called "artistic integrity" that stopped him this anniversary. To me (and I hope most fans), it doesn't matter. It was a bad decision and a selfish one (no matter what the reason was).
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Old August 25 2013, 06:18 PM   #131
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I'm hugely disappointed he won't be in the 50th, especially as his Doctor was such an important gateway drug for the modern audience.

He seems very bitter about his time on the show though, and I can't see that attitude mellowing any day soon. It isn't selfish of him to turn down a job, and he doesn't owe more than the 13 episodes he signed up for.
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Old August 25 2013, 06:18 PM   #132
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It was a bad decision and a selfish one (no matter what the reason was).
He doesn't owe anyone anything. How hard is that to understand?
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Old August 25 2013, 06:30 PM   #133
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That's your opinion. A celebrity DOES owe something to the fans or they wouldn't be celebrities. How hard is THAT to understand. It's a selfish position (unless he was abused by the people who are there NOW, not then). Sorry, they wouldn't have their fame, money or ability to pick roles they like without the fans. You don't seem to understand that and neither does Chris. There are a few other reasons why it would be acceptable to give the fans the finger and that would be 1, the pay the producers offered was too low or 2, a scheduling conflict.
Most actors agree that it's thanks to the fans that they are where they are. Why do you thing RDJ is coming back as Iron Man? He doesn't need the money. He said he didn't want to disappoint the fans (and have someone else replace him, for now).
All CE had to give up was maybe...maybe 2 or 3 weeks to film a few scenes and get paid.

Sorry, celebs do owe it to the fans (to a certain extent).
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Old August 25 2013, 06:31 PM   #134
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That's your opinion. A celebrity DOES owe something to the fans or they wouldn't be celebrities.
Eccleston doesn't really want to be a celebrity in the way that say, John Barrowman does.

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Why do you thing RDJ is coming back as Iron Man?
Huge fucking money, and it's a job he actually enjoyed. All of us have surely had jobs we just loathed and wouldn't go back to?

I'm disappointed that the Ninth Doctor isn't returning, but Eccleston has earned my respect with the way he has handled this situation over the years. I'd have totally flipped my shit during an interview by this point, and completely called out which personnel had ruined my experience. Eccleston always stays ice cool, and tries to just get on with things.
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Old August 25 2013, 06:32 PM   #135
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That's your opinion. A celebrity DOES owe something to the fans or they wouldn't be celebrities. How hard is THAT to understand. It's a selfish position (unless he was abused by the people who are there NOW, not then). Sorry, they wouldn't have their fame, money or ability to pick roles they like without the fans. You don't seem to understand that and neither does Chris. There are a few other reasons why it would be acceptable to give the fans the finger and that would be 1, the pay the producers offered was too low or 2, a scheduling conflict.

Most actors agree that it's thanks to the fans that they are where they are. Why do you thing RDJ is coming back as Iron Man? He doesn't need the money. He said he didn't want to disappoint the fans (and have someone else replace him, for now).
All CE had to give up was maybe...maybe 2 or 3 weeks to film a few scenes and get paid.

Sorry, celebs do owe it to the fans (to a certain extent).
The self-entitlement in that post is scary - get a grip.
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