Back in 2005 saw Doctor Who return to the BBC and become a huge show.
The series starredÂ Christopher EcclestonÂ as the ninth Doctor, but the actor was replaced after only one season.
Doctor Who fans know there has been a lot of heat betweenÂ EcclestonÂ and the BBC, which is whyÂ ChristopherÂ EcclestonÂ never returned for the series in later episodes, and now in a new interview with The Guardian,Â Christopher EcclestonÂ offers that things got so bad with the BBC, that he was put on a blacklist.
âWhat happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed my career,â Eccleston said. âI gave them a hit showÂ and I left with dignityÂ and then they put me on a blacklist. I was carrying my own insecurities as it was something I had never done before and then I was abandoned, vilified in the tabloid press and blacklisted. I was told by my agent at the time: âThe BBC regime is against you. Youâre going to have to get out of the country and wait for regime change.â So I went away to America and I kept on working because thatâs what my parents instilled in me. My dad always said to me: âI donât care what you do â sweeping the floor or whatever youâre doing â just do the best job you can.â I know itâs cliched and northern and all that bollocks, but it applies.â
Some ofÂ Christopher Eccleston's American work didn't fare as well, either, as the actor says working on movies such as G.I. Joe and Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark WorldÂ was comparable to being a whore.
âWorking on something likeÂ GI JoeÂ was horrendous,â EcclestonÂ said, with the article noting he was emphasising that the responsibility was his and not anyone elseâs. âI just wanted to cut my throat every day. And Thor? Just a gun in your mouth.Â Gone in 60 SecondsÂ was a good experience. Nic Cage is a gentleman and fantastic actor. But GI Joe and Thor were âŠ I really paid for being a whore those times.â
Christopher EcclestonÂ played DestroÂ in theÂ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009 movie, which wasn't well received.
Likewise, Thor: The Dark WorldÂ in 2013 isn't thought of as the best Marvel movie with it being a big example of the studios' villain problem, as Christopher EcclestonÂ playedÂ Malekith.