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     Thursday, November 30 2006 @ 04:39 PM EST
    I was surprised Chris' time as the Doctor was so short!! I mean, you'd think that since the Doctor is nearing the end of his number of regenerations (we're on the Tenth Doctor now...the Thirteenth Doctor will be the last one!), they'd try to get as much "mileage" out of each Doctor as they could, so it's always mystified me as to why they ditched Chris Eccleston so fast. I heard that he was happy and proud to play the Doctor, so I don't think that it was he who wanted to leave...

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     Thursday, November 30 2006 @ 04:52 PM EST
    I believe that you will find news articles and other info that supports the fact that it was indeed Chris E. who chose to leave after only one series. He was chosen to bring back the show as a serious, well known actor to gain auidience share and to give the show "street cred". And that's fine, no one wants to get typecast or viewed as stagnant in their craft. Which is a real danger when you have played "The Doctor". And I am sure they will find a way around the #13 problem when the time comes.

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     Thursday, November 30 2006 @ 04:56 PM EST

    I'm beginning to suspect that Eccleston's reasons for leaving after just one series had to do with an illness in the family that he wanted to keep private. But I also wouldn't be surprised if Russell T. Davies planned to use the expensive actor for just one series to establish the program as being a serious attempt to bring it back for the long haul, but spring the surprise of regeneration on the new audience. But whatever the reasons, someone goofed in March of 2005 and let the cat out of the bag that the actor was leaving the role. It is hard to sort out the truth from all the reports and press releases.

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     Thursday, November 30 2006 @ 05:07 PM EST
    That's true. I guess I simply heard wrong about Chris wanting to play the Doctor...

    And how do you think they'll handle #13? I doubt they'll just say, "alright, the show's over." They'll probably go off from where the Doctor himself once said, "Time Lords can live forever..." they'll find some way to expand upon that. Perhaps some ancient Time Lord device or regeneration technique. At least we do know that he's not going for the Ring of Rassilon!!

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     Thursday, November 30 2006 @ 07:04 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  The Professor] That's true. I guess I simply heard wrong about Chris wanting to play the Doctor...

    And how do you think they'll handle #13? I doubt they'll just say, "alright, the show's over." They'll probably go off from where the Doctor himself once said, "Time Lords can live forever..." they'll find some way to expand upon that. Perhaps some ancient Time Lord device or regeneration technique. At least we do know that he's not going for the Ring of Rassilon!!


    Well they could insist that the actor who plays the 'last' doctor signs on for say five years - giving time for a solution to be found.

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     Thursday, November 30 2006 @ 10:23 PM EST
    I'm still betting that the Face of Bo will be the one who imparts the secret of unlimited regeneration to The Doctor. That possibility has already been hinted at in New Earth.

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     Friday, December 01 2006 @ 07:54 AM EST
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    But I also wouldn't be surprised if Russell T. Davies planned to use the expensive actor for just one series to establish the program as being a serious attempt to bring it back for the long haul, but spring the surprise of regeneration on the new audience.


    I also wouldn't be surprised if RTD intentionally planned on using a really well-known person only for one season to get the regeneration concept out there as soon as possible. It's not like regeneration was part of the show concept from the beginning, it only came about when Hartnell became too ill to play the role. The show was so amazingly popular by then, that the audience bought into it and the show was able to survive the change. But that wasn't a guarantee. Flash forward 40 years to today's media/entertainment environment. You're bringing the show back after a haitus, but the long-time fans will already know about the regeneration option. New fans won't. Maybe this was a way to let new fans know about as soon as possible so they wouldn't feel screwed over later on down the line. Just a thought, as they say.

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     Friday, December 01 2006 @ 05:22 PM EST
    That's a VERY good point to explain Chris' short time as the Doctor; I hadn't thought of that.

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