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    He's back and it's about time

    Eccleston is new Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston will become the ninth Doctor Who
    Shallow Grave actor Christopher Eccleston has been named as the new Doctor Who to front the cult BBC sci-fi show when it returns next year.
    Eccleston, who starred alongside Nicole Kidman in the horror movie The Others, will be the ninth TV Time Lord to control the Tardis in a 13-part series.

    The 40-year-old has starred in Flesh and Blood, The Second Coming, and TV series Our Friends in the North.

    The BBC said the Salford-born actor would take "a fresh, modern approach".

    'Edgy and eccentric'

    Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: "We are delighted to have cast an actor of such calibre in one of British television's most iconic roles.

    It's going to be a magnificent, epic, entertaining journey

    Russell T Davies
    BBC executive producer
    "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."

    Executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said: "Christopher was our first choice.

    "His casting raises the bar for all of us. It's going to be a magnificent, epic, entertaining journey, and I can't wait to start."

    Previous TV Time Lords

    William Hartnell
    Patrick Troughton
    Jon Pertwee
    Tom Baker
    Peter Davison
    Colin Baker
    Sylvester McCoy
    Paul McGann
    The hugely-popular Doctor Who show ran for 26 years from 1963 and the new series will be filmed in Cardiff later this year.

    He first came to public attention with his portrayal of Derek Bentley in the film, Let Him Have It before notching up a wealth of TV and movie credits.

    He was then snapped up by Hollywood and was cast in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ with Jude Law, and Gone in Sixty Seconds with Nicholas Cage.

    He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

    Who is new doctor?

    Eccleston will become the ninth Doctor Who
    The new Doctor Who will bring stage and screen pedigree to the time travelling Tardis. British-born Christopher Eccleston, 40, shot to fame in Let Him Have It as Derek Bentley, who was wrongly hanged in the 1950s for murder.
    He will be the ninth Time Lord to take to the Tardis when the cult sci-fi series returns to television screens in 2005.


    Eccleston is now a respected film actor, starring in the highly successful Shallow Grave, in Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, and in Jude opposite Kate Winslet.

    Eccleston is an accomplished film actor
    He also starred in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ with Jude Law, The Others with Nicole Kidman and Gone in Sixty Seconds with Nicolas Cage, as well as TV dramas Our Friends in the North, Hearts and Minds and Linda Green.

    He appeared in The League of Gentleman, Flesh and Blood, part of BBC Two's disability season, and the ITV crime drama, Cracker.

    Eccleston's character in Cracker was murdered by a psychopath (played by Trainspotting's Robert Carlyle), who held the police to blame for the tragedy at the Hillsborough football ground.

    Eccleston went on to appear in the TV drama Hillsborough, which was about the inquest into the tragedy.

    What a stupendous choice! This talented actor lends himself is well suited for this particular role.

    Fans back Eccleston
    On stage he starred in Miss Julie at London's Haymarket Theatre in 2000.

    He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, but often returns to his hometown of Salford where he is a patron of the arts.

    Doctor Who's executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said he was looking forward to working with Eccleston immensely.

    "It signals our intention to take Doctor Who into the 21st Century, while remaining edgy and eccentric," he said.

    The new 13-part series will be filmed in Cardiff later this year.

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    Who is the Doctor?

    "The Doctor is an underachiever who never saw the point of exams, brought up on a planet that was basically a big university. He was a member of the social elite, but never saw the point of the rituals and social structures that kept that elite in power. He's an aristocrat who has rejected the comforts of his former life and the role that was expected of him. He has no real powers other than a keen intelligence and a lot of learning. He solves problems not through violence, but through wit and reason. No one can be The Doctor, he's more than human, but we can try to be like The Doctor - peaceful, intelligent, witty, reasonable, aware of what is truly important." - Lance Parkin

    Throughout the eight incarnations whose adventures have been recorded in detail, The Doctor has exhibited a variety of personality quirks, interests, and abilities, some of which change, or seem to be forgotten, from one regeneration to the next. There are, however, some elements which are common to all the Doctors. The Doctor has a brilliant, if undisciplined, mind. He is passionately interested in many subjects, especially science, history, art and literature. He is insatiably curious, to the extent that he has often endangered himself and his companions in his quest for knowledge. He is a born meddler who seems incapable of walking away from other people's problems. Through all of his lives he has been somewhat arrogant, and he does not suffer fools gladly, though he is usually patient with those who are willing to learn from him. He generally carries an assortment of odd items, some of which seem to be completely useless, until one of them turns out to be exactly what's needed to get him out of a sticky situation. Though the TARDIS contains wardrobe rooms which are filled with costumes from many times and places, his peculiar sense of style means that he rarely makes use of them. Once he decides on clothing which suits his current personality, he seldom deviates from it unless forced to do so. Despite this, he has the uncanny ability to blend in almost everywhere he goes, so much so that people often don't notice his strange attire. He has an amazing ability to ingratiate himself with people who were suspicious of him only minutes before. Sometimes he achieves this by solving a problem for them, but on many occasions it seems to be simply the result of his charismatic personality. Though he is often impatient with his companions, he has great affection for most of them, and has willingly risked his life for all of them on many occasions. Probably the most important constants about The Doctor are his desire for justice, his willingness to put himself on the line to defeat evil wherever he finds it, and, of course, his amazing ability to find that evil wherever he goes.

    The Doctor's Background

    The anonymous time traveler we call The Doctor was born on the planet Gallifrey (The Time Warrior) in the constellation of Kasterborous (The Brain of Morbius), to a Gallifreyan father and a human mother (Doctor Who TVM). Physically he is much like other Gallifreyans, with two hearts which pump blood that is recognizably not human (Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who TVM), and a respiratory bypass system which enables him to recycle oxygen for a brief time (Pyramids of Mars, The Two Doctors, and others). The only apparent physical characteristic which he inherited from his mother is his eyes. Although their color may change when he regenerates, they retain a human retinal pattern (Doctor Who TVM). This may explain his occasional need for spectacles or magnifying glasses (The Sensorites, Castrovalva, and others), which never seem to be used by full-blooded Gallifreyans. The planet Gallifrey is much like Earth, but some of the trees have silver leaves, and its night sky is a burnt orange color (The Sensorites). The Doctor has memories of lying on a hillside with his father while watching a meteor shower in this night sky (Doctor Who TVM). Aside from his granddaughter, Susan, and an uncle he once mentions (Time and the Rani), we hear of no other members of his family. When speaking to his companion Victoria Waterfield about her father's death, he says that his family sleeps in his mind, and that it takes an effort for him to remember them (The Tomb of the Cybermen). He tells Kathleen Dudman, the future grandmother of his companion Ace, that he is not sure if his family is alive (The Curse of Fenric). The Doctor has been only slightly more forthcoming about his childhood. We do know that he lived in a house in the mountains of South Gallifrey, near a hermit (The Time Monster, Planet of the Spiders) who told him ghost stories, including those of the Fendahl and the Great Vampires (Image of the Fendahl, State of Decay). Omega (The Three Doctors, Arc of Infinity) and the Time Lord renegade Salyavin (Shada) were among his early heroes. He had a boyhood dream of driving a steam engine (Black Orchid). His childhood games included conkers (The Highlanders), trains (The Evil of the Daleks), and hopscotch (The Invasion of Time, Remembrance of the Daleks), and his ability with a yo-yo (The Ark in Space, The Brain of Morbius, and others) suggests lots of practice. At some time in his childhood, he was accepted at the Prydonian Academy, and began the studies which would make him a Time Lord.

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    If I where running the media Tom Baker would be forced at gun point to make at least 3 Dr. Who episodes a day! Muhahahaha!

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    This is great news!!! Dr Who used to be one of my favourite TV shows when I was growing up

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    as a child in 1981 I saw a buch of episodes of the 4th doctor , it was so intriguing and so british too , it's definitely a cult , especially because it showed an amazing only-white cast!

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