Actor talks about his decision to leave show after just one series

Christopher Eccleston has opened up about his decision to leave Doctor Who after just one series.

The actor played the ninth Doctor in the 2005 revival of the show, but quit at the end of his first year in mysterious and apparently fractious circumstances. He has never gone into detail about the circumstances, but did admit last year that he left over “politics”.

Now in a new interview, Eccleston told the Telegraph: “I know what went on and the people who were involved know what went on – that’s good enough for me. My conscience is completely clear.”

He continued: “I’ve lived my life, particularly my working life, on the basis that I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror about the way I behave. It wasn’t a bold move, it was an entirely natural one. I’m hugely grateful to the children who come up and talk to me about the show.”

He has however said that he is not interested in returning for a multi-Doctor story to mark the 50th anniversary next year, telling Graham Norton, “I never bathe in the same river twice.”

Doctor Who returns for new episodes this autumn, the third series starring Matt Smith in the lead role.