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darthzirock
03-23-2004, 01:29 AM
The ninth Doctor is in

Dateline: Monday, March 22, 2004

By: PATRICK SAURIOL, News Editor
Source: BBC

Christopher Eccleston has been crowned the new Doctor Who.

Eccleston, perhaps best known to North American audiences as Major West in 28 DAYS LATER, will become the ninth incarnation of the Doctor when the new DOCTOR WHO television series begins filming later this spring. He has starred in a variety of Hollywood films including small roles in GONE IN 60 SECONDS, eXistenZ and THE OTHERS, as well as many British productions including ELIZABETH, JUDE with Kate Winslet and the recent mini-series THE SECOND COMING.

Russell T. Davies, the head writer and showrunner for the new WHO, said Eccleston was his first choice for the role. "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," Davies is quoted as saying on the BBC's website.

Now, I had started a new Dr. Who thread, and when I went to add this update ... no sign of the old thread! :eek: Yesterday, I went to update the Dark Shadows thread--same thing! :confused: I guess the switch to the new server ...?

Anyway ... interesting choice, considering rumor has it that Eccleston is playing young Wilhuf Tarkin in Episode III, the role originated in Episode IV by Peter Cushing. Cushing starred in two Dr. Who films in England back in the 1960s ... whoa! Now that's spooky! A Dalek plot, perhaps? :classic:

arctangent
03-23-2004, 04:40 AM
in the uk chris has starred in television dramas such as 'flesh and blood', 'our friends in the north', 'clocking off' and 'the second coming'. they have all been very good pieces and in particular 'the second coming' where chris played the controversial lead role of the new messiah. he is a very good choice and i am certain he will do the doctor justice. the bbc have said they are taking a fresh, modern approach to the new dr who series and its nice to see them go for talent rather than a 'name'.

its a shame, though, that the daleks may not be appearing. the bbc are currently in negotiations with the family of their creator, terry nation, who hold the copywrite to come to some arrangement regarding their use. looks like the cybermen will make an appearance though.

darthzirock
03-23-2004, 12:03 PM
it's a shame, though, that the daleks may not be appearing. the bbc are currently in negotiations with the family of their creator, terry nation, who hold the copywrite to come to some arrangement regarding their use. looks like the cybermen will make an appearance though.

Doctor Who without Daleks would be like Star Wars without Stormtroopers!

B'Omarr Monkey
03-23-2004, 08:54 PM
Eccleston is awesome. That's great news. I always thought he should be cast as Tarkin. He definitely has Peter Cushing's bone structure. I hope that rumor is true.

JediTricks
03-24-2004, 05:55 PM
Now, I had started a new Dr. Who thread, and when I went to add this update ... no sign of the old thread! :eek: Yesterday, I went to update the Dark Shadows thread--same thing! :confused: I guess the switch to the new server ...?Guess again...
Your previous Dr Who thread (possibly going to be merged with this very thread, I'll let our TV mod decide): http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=22014
Your previous Dark Shadows threads (again, may end up getting merged with your latest DS thread): http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=22020
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=22416