'Doctor Who' actor Christopher Eccleston says that leaving nearly ruined his career

Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston

It's already been pretty widely reported that working on Thor: The Dark World was not a great time for several people.

Doctor Who fans have long wished that Christopher Eccleston stayed on as the Ninth Doctor for longer than the single season of 13 episodes that he did back in 2005. "I just wanted to cut my throat every day", he sighed.

After Doctor Who, Eccleston got some roles in the United States, including huge roles in movies like G.I. "Just a gun in my mouth".

At any rate, Eccleston did OK out of the whole thing and he turned in a terrific performance in HBO's The Leftovers, so turning in a few roles for the money is most definitely allowed.

Eccleston play Malekith in Thor: The Dark World and James "Destro" McCullen in GI Joe, but both of these roles likely came out of the Doctor Who debacle.

"I gave them a hit show and I left with dignity and then they put me on a blacklist", Eccleston said. With appearances in movies such as Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, eXistenZ, Gone in 60 Seconds and The Others, he had built a nice body of work.

"What happened around Doctor Who nearly destroyed my career", he told the Guardian in an wide-ranging interview.

He then went on to say that he had some of his own insecurities, but then the British film producers abandoned him and vilified him in the tabloids.

He explained: "I was told by my agent at the time: 'The BBC regime is against you. Nic Cage is a gentleman and fantastic actor", he smiled, before adding: But GI Joe and Thor were.

"So I went away to America and I kept on working because that's what my parents instilled in me".

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