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  • Publication: The Sun
  • Date: 2005-03-31
  • Author: Sara Nathan and Emily Smith
  • Page: 3
  • Language: English

Casanova star to be new Time Lord

Sigh-fi . .. how Billie might look with Casanova David

THE actor being lined up as the next Doctor Who is the star of raunchy drama Casanova.

Heart-throb David Tennant is currently playing the legendary lover who wooed women across 18th-century Europe.

Now David. 33. is tipped to replace Christopher Eccleston. who has shocked BBC bosses by saying he does not want to make another series of the relaunched Doctor Who.

Chris, 41, who made his name in serious dramas, is said to have feared being typecast if he played the Time Lord too long — saying the role could be a "poisoned chalice".

He is also said to have found it "draining" to shoot the 13 episodes of the first series back to back.

Both Casanova and Doctor Who have been penned by the same writer. Russell T Davies.

Last night a BBC spokesman confirmed: "Chris will not be returning to Doctor Who. We are in discussions with David Tennant about taking on the role."


Chris's decision to quit was a bitter blow for the BBC, who spent millions bringing the show back after 16 years.

And it came despite the relaunch exterminating ITV 1 rivals Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway with an audience of ten million.

Chris told The Sun: "The response has been incredible and I hope viewers enjoy it."

Billie Piper will continue as the Doctor's assistant Rose.

Why he quit

By Emily Smith TV Editor

CHRISTOPHER Eccleston attracted ten million viewers, won rave reviews and converted a generation of cynical die-hard fans.

He instantly fitted a role that would transform him into a huge star and he even managed to exterminate the unstoppable Ant and Dec in the ratings. So why has he quit?

Pals say he is eager not to become stereotyped, doesn't want to be besieged by Dr Who fans and fancies "serious" roles. But could this be the biggest mistake of his career?

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  • APA 6th ed.: Smith, Sara Nathan and Emily (2005-03-31). Doctor Woo. The Sun p. 3.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Smith, Sara Nathan and Emily. "Doctor Woo." The Sun [add city] 2005-03-31, 3. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Smith, Sara Nathan and Emily. "Doctor Woo." The Sun, edition, sec., 2005-03-31
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