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A DOCTOR Who website has been closed down after fans fell out about the show's star quitting the role.

Popular online forum Outpost Gallifrey was swamped with strongly worded emails from fans furious over Christopher Eccleston's shock departure from the programme.

As fans accused the actor of using the show to boost his profile, his supporters defended him, leading to bitter clashes on the forum.

Website editor Shaun Lyon said: 'Tempers have become incredibly heated. Perspective on the subject has been lost and some incredibly poor-spirited exchanges have taken place. Sometimes emotion and sentiment boil over to extremes.

'Many Doctor Who fans who should have been rejoicing in the renewal of the series have instead found themselves dealing with the news that Eccleston isn't returning to the role.

'Some of what's transpired in the past two days has been an embarrassment. It's the first time we've had to do this.'

Eccleston, 41, angered fans when he told the BBC that he wouldn't return to the £10 million series, despite the first episode proving a hit.

The series' return after 16 years attracted 10.5million viewers.

Eccleston has committed to a Christmas special following the 13-part first series but refused a second series.

He claimed he did not want to be typecast


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