Tennant, Baker tie in favorite 'Doctor Who' portrayer poll

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- David Tennant and Tom Baker tied as the favorite star of the iconic British science-fiction series "Doctor Who," results of a Harris poll indicate.
Peter Capaldi tapped to be the next 'Doctor Who'

Peter Capaldi tapped to be the next 'Doctor Who'

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was named Sunday as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor in BBC's "Doctor Who."
'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary postage stamps on the way

'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary postage stamps on the way

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- England's Royal Mail and BBC Worldwide say they have created a series of postage stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of TV's "Doctor Who."
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Eccleston may play 'Thor 2' baddie

Eccleston may play 'Thor 2' baddie

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- British actor Christopher Eccleston is in talks to play the villain in "Thor: The Dark World," the sequel to last year's "Thor," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Eccleston to play Lennon in TV movie

Eccleston to play Lennon in TV movie

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Christopher Eccleston will portray slain British rock 'n' roll star John Lennon in an upcoming television movie, the BBC announced.
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'G.I. Joe' opens campaign at No. 1

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" was a big hit among U.S. movie-goers in its opening weekend, easily besting "Julie & Julia," Box Office Mojo said.

New Doctor Who to be named soon

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The name of the 11th actor to play the iconic British television character Doctor Who is to be revealed shortly, the BBC said.

'Doctor Who' Season 5 postponed until 2010

LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The fifth season of the popular British sci-fi series, “Doctor Who,” will not hit the small screen until 2010, the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

British TV viewers still love 'Dr. Who'

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The BBC's "Doctor Who" took three of Britain's National Television Awards during the Tuesday night ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

BBC says no comment on 'Dr. Who' cast

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The BBC is not commenting on published reports that Billie Piper is leaving "Doctor Who" at the end of the second season.

'Dr. Who' is Britain's top TV drama

LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- "Dr. Who" racked up three awards and beat "Desperate Housewives" for popular drama honors at Britain's National Television Awards in London.

Brits dole out TV awards

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- "Coronation Street" won top soap honors and Christopher Eccleston was crowned Best Actor for "Dr. Who" at Britain's TV Quick And TV Choice Awards.

The new Dr. Who says no more reading Web

LONDON, July 21 (UPI) -- The actor tapped to portray "Dr. Who" for the BBC says he was shocked to read postings from fans slamming him on the show's Web site.

Britain bans 'Doctor Who' sales to kids

LONDON, May 16 (UPI) -- British censors have banned sales of the new "Doctor Who" series DVD to children, saying it is too violent for young eyes.
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Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston (pronounced /ˈɛkəlstən/; born 16 February 1964) is an English stage, film and television actor. His films include Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, 28 Days Later, Gone in 60 Seconds and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In 2005 he became the ninth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who.

Born into a working-class family in Langworthy, Salford, Eccleston is the youngest of three boys. His brothers, Alan and Keith, are twins eight years his senior. The family lived in a small terraced house in Blodwell Street until the late 1960s, when they relocated to nearby Little Hulton. Eccleston attended Joseph Eastham's High School, Little Hulton, where he became head boy Growing up with a love of Granada and BBC1 television, his main ambition was to play football for his beloved Manchester United. However, at the age of 19, he found himself to be a much better actor than footballer, being inspired by television dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff. Eccleston completed a two-year Performance Foundation Course at Salford Tech, before going on to train at the Hampstead-based Central School of Speech and Drama. As an actor, his early influences had been Ken Loach's Kes and Albert Finney's performance in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, but he soon found himself performing the classics, including the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Molière. At age 25, Eccleston made his professional stage debut in the Bristol Old Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Underemployed as an actor for some years after graduating school, Eccleston took a variety of odd jobs at a supermarket, on building sites, and as an artist's model.

Eccleston first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in the 1991 film Let Him Have It and an episode of Inspector Morse, "Second Time Around", also in 1991. However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993–94) that made him a recognisable figure in the UK. At around the same time he appeared in Agatha Christie's Poirot.

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