Sorry this is a little late (at least for me, in my time zone).
2005 was a big, big year for Doctor Who. Resurrecting a show that had been stuck in varying states of limbo for 16 years was a brave decision, and if it was to have any sort of lasting appeal it had to be done properly. In order to shed its tainted reputation of wobbly sets, baffling storylines, and eccentric acting, the revived Doctor Who had to come out of the gates with an almighty start. It had a prolific writer at its helm in Russell T Davies, but most importantly, it needed a prolific Doctor. Enter Christopher Eccleston.
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I really love this man. He's my favorite Doctor.