Is this sour disposition or Political Correctness.
Mr. “Many Planets have a North”…
Christopher Eccleston on Doctor Who: I didn’t want him to have a posh accent
Christopher Eccleston, the former Doctor Who star, tells how he wanted a non-RP accent for the role to show people don’t have to be posh to be clever.
Christopher Eccleston, the actor, has told how he insisted on having a northern accent after taking the role of Doctor Who, to defy assumptions that clever people must have a posh voice.
Eccleston, who famously left the BBC programme just one series into its relaunch, said he had argued for the character to have a non-received pronunciation accent for the first time, in recognition of his working class roots.
Saying he no longer watches the show, he added that inequality is still rife in British society, with the rise of privileged actors leaving the arts “milky and anodyne”.
In an interview with the Radio Times, the 51-year-old actor said he hoped he would be remembered for his place in Doctor Who history, which saw him film one series as the ninth incarnation in 2005.
He has previously said he left the BBC show because he “didn’t agree with the way things were being run, or like the culture that grew up around the series”.
Speaking to the magazine, the Salford-born actor said of his character: “I wanted to move him away from RP [received pronunciation] for the first time because we shouldn’t make a correlation between intellect and accent, although that still needs addressing.
“I hope I’ll be remembered as one of the Doctors. I have no ill feeling towards the character or the series.”
He added he did not watch it and was “not keen to discuss it” during publicity for his new programme, ITV thriller Safe House.
Eccleston’s version of the Doctor did indeed see him using a northern accent, which was highlighted in the first episode of his comeback.
“I’m one of those actors they set up for a class rant,” he said. “I still feel insecure, like a lot of my working-class contemporaries. I had a sense acting wasn’t for me because I’m not educated.
“I was a skinny, awkward-looking b—-r with an accent, as I still am. British society has always been based on inequality, particularly culturally.
“I’ve lived with it, but it’s much more pronounced now, and it would be difficult for someone like me to come through. You can’t blame Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and others taking their opportunities but it will lead to a milky, anodyne culture. To an extent that’s already happened. “
Speaking of his attempts to change broadcasting, and how it had adapted over the years, he said: “I’d still like to change the world but I realise now you have to be more subtle. Speak softly and carry a big stick. You learn to smile when you’re being confrontational.” (UK Telegraph)
‘I hope I’ll be remembered as one of the Doctors. I have no ill feeling towards the character or the series.’ (Daily Mail)
Answer to my question at the beginning: Both.