I have to say I am extremely disappointed with Christopher Ecceleston’s decision to step down from his role as the Doctor already, only days after the triumphant return of Doctor Who to BBC screens (taking some 46% of the audience nationally). While I can undersand why any actor would wish to avoid the trap of being typecast, to take on this role and quit after one season seems to show a lack of commitment, especially when we’re talking about a show which has only just been resurrected. Besides any actor in the UK should be fully aware of what this role entails – it’s a British institution and he should know what he’s getting into, so his reasoning seems flawed to me.
No-one expects him to do a run of Tom Baker proportions, but one season is rather weak – if he really felt this way surely we have to question why he took on the role? Its a shame because I thought he was rather good in the first episode; the new show seems to be pleasing old fans like me, new younger viewers and a lot of the critics (Americans mostly seem to be lost over the whole thing).
Still, the shock news of his sudden resignation did afford me the chance for some April Fool’s leg-pulling as I tried to convince some of my colleagues that Eccleston’s previous role as the second coming of Christ had gone to his head and that he quit because he believed this qualified him to be the new Pope. I also had another colleague half-believing that Stan Lee was willing to take over from the ailing Pontiff (well, he is always keen to recruit True Believers). Poisson d’Avril, as they say in France, although why the French would want to obtain a fish from a small, moody singer who whines about life when she’s hardly lived any of it yet is beyond me.
And just to completely damn my immortal soul I then posed the question if the current Pope was known as John Paul would his successor be known as George Ringo? Well, they were Bigger Than Jesus allegedly… Yes, I know, I’m awful, but if you can’t have a laugh in the face of events from time to time then the world would be much grimmer and without some leg-pulling people would be shorter.