Eccleston Quit Doctor Who Over ‘politics’

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July 22, 2011 | 7:00pm EST

Christopher Eccleston gave up his Doctor Who role because he could no longer tolerate “politics” behind the scenes.
The British actor became the ninth incarnation of the Time Lord in 2005 but he left the cult U.K. series after just one year and was replaced by David Tennant.

Speaking at an acting masterclass at London’s Theater Royal on Wednesday, Eccleston opened up about his reasons for quitting the show, admitting he couldn’t stand the tension on set.

He explains, “I left because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye with them. I didn’t agree with the way things were being run. I didn’t like the culture that had grown up around the series. So I left over a principle.”

But the 28 Days Later star insists he’s proud of his performance as Doctor Who, adding: “The important thing is that I succeeded. It was a great part. I loved playing him.”