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Old October 28 2013, 02:03 PM   #496
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The thing I find weird is he left that and goes on to do Heroes, The Seeker, GI Joe, Thor 2... very commercial choices...
You ignored all the other non-commercial / theater work he's done in the past eight years. Any reason for that?
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Old October 28 2013, 02:51 PM   #497
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Also I never quite understood what happened with Heroes, because he wasn't around for long, and did we ever find out what happened to Claude? I could never figure out if CE was only contracted to do a handful of episodes and then wouldn't sign up for more, or if the producers/writers decided they didn't want him anymore?
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Old October 28 2013, 03:04 PM   #498
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Also I never quite understood what happened with Heroes, because he wasn't around for long, and did we ever find out what happened to Claude? I could never figure out if CE was only contracted to do a handful of episodes and then wouldn't sign up for more, or if the producers/writers decided they didn't want him anymore?
I think a lot of the guest performers on that show were only signed up for a run of a few episodes. Eccleston had a 5-episode run ending in episode 17 of a 23-episode season, and the story was intended to definitively conclude in the finale. (The original plan was to start over with a new cast and story in season 2, but the popularity of the first-season actors led to the disastrous decision to bring back the same characters after their stories had already ended.) So I suppose the character had served his purpose.
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Old October 28 2013, 03:07 PM   #499
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Yeah. It's just the way he vanished. Given what we knew of the character I guess that made some sense.
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Also I never quite understood what happened with Heroes, because he wasn't around for long, and did we ever find out what happened to Claude? I could never figure out if CE was only contracted to do a handful of episodes and then wouldn't sign up for more, or if the producers/writers decided they didn't want him anymore?
Based on what I've heard, Eccleston needed a short-term gig.
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Old October 30 2013, 04:28 AM   #501
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I think people will stop asking Chris Eccleston about Doctor Who after the 50th anniversary episode. It's an important event that will only come once. Eccleston just happens to be in the spotlight for another big production with Marvel at the same time DOTD is on peoples minds. That's why people are curious about his involvement in a show that most people recognize him for. After November though and when Capaldi takes up the reins for the show. I think people will stop asking Chris about DW.
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Old October 30 2013, 06:20 AM   #502
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Also I never quite understood what happened with Heroes, because he wasn't around for long, and did we ever find out what happened to Claude? I could never figure out if CE was only contracted to do a handful of episodes and then wouldn't sign up for more, or if the producers/writers decided they didn't want him anymore?
He had kind things to say about the production crew. Apparently we Americans really baby our television stars, as I've often heard Brits absolutely amazed at how they are treated on set in the States. There was an interview where he went on and on about how nice everyone on Heroes was to him, and how he'd never been offered so many cups of tea in his life.

Also, fun fact: They originally wanted him to play Sylar, but he didn't want to be a villian, so they created the conflicted Claude instead.

The show went into production chaos after the first season, and they never were able to get the funds or momentum to bring back most guest stars, and those they did they never knew what to do with. I've got a feeling Eccleston would have returned had he been asked, but they lost a lot of character stories (remember Peter's girlfriend lost in the alterna-future? Yeah, um...ooops!). They did mention Claude one more time in a later season, where a flashback to the early days had a guy mention that he just got tackled by an invisible man.
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Old October 30 2013, 11:58 AM   #503
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..... I've got a feeling Eccleston would have returned had he been asked, but they lost a lot of character stories ....
According to his "mantra", he shouldn't have. You know "bath water" and what not.
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Old October 30 2013, 12:04 PM   #504
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According to his "mantra", he shouldn't have. You know "bath water" and what not.
Is the thing that bothers people about Eccleston the fact that he's not an actor because be wants to be famous and that he actually sticks to his beliefs? Or is it because he doesn't want to let a bunch of nerds on the Internet make his career choices for him?
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Old October 30 2013, 01:12 PM   #505
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Also, fun fact: They originally wanted him to play Sylar, but he didn't want to be a villian, so they created the conflicted Claude instead.
So Sylar was almost the Doctor instead of Spock!
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Old October 30 2013, 05:34 PM   #506
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DOTD "Prequel" certified by the BBFC.

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/last-day-video

Has Mr McGann been telling Porky-Pies...?
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Old October 30 2013, 06:25 PM   #507
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Anyone know what this prequel is then? Could it be the much-vaunted McGann regeneration short?
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Old October 30 2013, 06:41 PM   #508
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That'd be awesome, quite honestly. That said, the title Last Day is kinda intriguing... it could refering to the use of the Moment, and the destruction of the Time Lords and Daleks alike.
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Old October 30 2013, 06:41 PM   #509
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Has Mr McGann been telling Porky-Pies...?
Umm... wild guess... is that Cockney rhyming slang for "lies"?
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DOTD "Prequel" certified by the BBFC.

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/last-day-video

Has Mr McGann been telling Porky-Pies...?
I suspect that's this year's Children In Need segment - there *is* a Dr Who segment on the show, as per usual - CiN is November 15th, so if they have a minisode prequel to TDOTD I wouldn't be surprised to see it be an extra on the DVD.
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