Christopher Eccleston is a British actor born in Salford, Lancashire, England on February 16th, 1964. He is best known for playing the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 revised Doctor Who television series. As the Doctor, Eccleston was preceded by Paul McGann, who played the Doctor in the 1996 televised Doctor Who movie. Succeeding Eccleston in the role was actor David Tennant. Eccleston appeared in all thirteen episodes of season one. In addition to playing Doctor Who, Eccleston played a character named Claude in five episodes of season one of Heroes. On the big screen, Eccleston played the antagonist Destro from the 2009 feature film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Eccleston allegedly left Doctor Who after series one out of fear of being typecast. The BBC issued the announcement on Eccleston's behalf, but failed to consult with Eccleston on the statement and violated an agreement they had about disclosing information regarding the actor's choice to leave the series. 
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