Eccleston comments on 50th anniversary special return

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  1. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

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    I saw that the other day and I immediately filed it under "fan wishful thinking."
     
  2. The Mirrorball Man

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    True, but remember that there's a fan running the show right now.
     
  3. Itisnotlogical

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    Eleven Doctors (and presumably some of their companions) is quite a lot of characters to write for. I have the feeling that if The Eleven Doctors ever came in to existence, all eleven would be cramped for dialogue, leading to unsatisfactory writing for all.
     
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    Yea, it would have to be Multi-part, not a single extended episode. In a single episode (even if extended episode) anything more than 3-4 active Doctors would get crowded. The Five Doctors worked out OK because 4 was caught in Limbo. If they had tried spreading the dialogue around to all 5, I think it would've been too much
     
  5. The Mirrorball Man

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    You're probably right. Do we have an example of a Doctor Who story with eleven major roles?
     
  6. OmahaStar

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    11? Try 22. Every Doctor has to have at least one companion along for the ride. And then comes the question of WHICH companion to bring along.
     
  7. FreddyE

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    Wow...and that is really cool. How long will one part be? The standard 2:30 or the 6 h +?

    As of Eccelston: I think if the paycheck is big enough, he will do it.
     
  8. Lonemagpie

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    Why is everybody assuming that a title like "The Eleven Doctors" would have such a literal meaning anyway? It's an easy way to mislead the fans if it doesn't - like, there weren't an infinite number of Doctors in The Infinity Doctors, after all...
     
  9. Mytran

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    I got this too. He answered the first question politely, then got persistently more "I don't know. I don't know. I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT" but stayed professional throughout.

    He's the sort of actor that is very forward looking in his work, so I doubt that he want to do a special DW unless it really gives him something new - otherwise its just repeating old ground (from his POV). Moffat, get thinking!
     
  10. The Borgified Corpse

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    That's kinda what I was trying to say.

    Because it feels far less likely. Doctor Who has often been far more generous in its caving in to fan-wank-y demands than Star Trek has traditionally been (Enterprise Season 4 and "Trials & Tribble-ations" notwithstanding).

    I'd watch it. And I'd likely find it far more satisfying than the 2009 Abrams movie. (*Grumble*Stupid mass audiences.*grumble* :( ) They could even do a genuine Enterprise cameo by bringing in Dr. Phlox. I don't recall ever being told how long Denobulans live.
     
  11. Count Zero

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    They also have time travel which played a rather important role in Enterprise, Archer even already knows he'll be some kind of important historical figure thanks to Daniels' fanboyism, so there's no reason they can't somehow pop up in the 24th century or anytime else with the others. It's certainly possible storytelling-wise but I suppose Generations will be the closest we'll get to a multi-Captain story for a good while, yet.


    Nor did we see the next Doctor in The Next Doctor. ;)
     
  12. DalekJim

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    Eccleston has my respect regardless if he returns or not. From what I've learned he despised Russell T. Davies and Phil Collinson so now they're gone maybe he'll come back but I wouldn't hold my breath.
     
  13. Lonemagpie

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    No, it's Keith Boak he didn't get on with.
     
  14. DalekJim

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    The issue went up to the producers, hence his quote about people "schmoozing at cocktail parties" while people on set were treated poorly.

    Eccleston has repeatedly said that The Empty Child 2-parter was the best script he was given though so maybe he'd be up for returning if Moffat was behind it. Doubtful but weirder things have happened.
     
  15. Emh

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    Not only that, but he did Doctor Who in the first place because of Russell T. Davies.
     
  16. DalekJim

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    He hasn't even breathed RTD's name at all since the press junket for Series 1.

    Not only that but Keith Boak was never asked back after his block of episodes. Why would Eccleston still quit?
     
  17. VDCNI

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    The cocktail parties line was in reference to the difference between acting for adults and children - it's not clearly a reference to the conditions on Who at all so you're making a big assumption there. No one else seems to have had an issue with the amount of work that Collinson or RTD did.
     
  18. Stevil2001

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    Yeah, that quote seems to be more about his audience: children vs. television critics: "It was a great part. I loved playing him. I loved connecting with that audience. Because I’ve always acted for adults and then suddenly you’re acting for children, who are far more tasteful; they will not be bullshitted. It’s either good, or it’s bad. They don’t schmooze at after-show parties, with cocktails."

    That said, even though Eccleston liked working with Davies before, I'd bet the working environment of Doctor Who was very different from The Second Coming.
     
  19. The Wormhole

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    RTD does admit in The Writer's Tale that the early days of filming season one were a disorganized mess with no one really knowing what they were doing. I think it's been implied this is one of the bad experiences Eccleston had during his year thta was a factor in him choosing not to return.
     
  20. DalekJim

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    Respectfully disagree. He wouldn't specify "after-show" if he wasn't talking about media people.