I’ve seen so much posted on how people hate Nine because he’s A) unattractive, B) Mean or C) (the craziest one so far) because he spits when he talks.
Take a look at photo exhibit A. Find the number 1. See that spittle? The director wanted to reshoot this because Chris had a bit of spit that flew out of his mouth during his rant at the Dalek. Chris didn’t want to reshoot it. He said the Doctor NEEDED to look ugly here. The Doctor should never wish death on any creature, no matter how despicable and hence he needed to look bad here. Made ugly by his hate, personified by spittle. This isn’t how he talks all the time. Let’s get a grip on the scene, shall we?
Find number 2. See that stubble? Chris was extremely ill shooting this entire episode. He was barely capable of standing up, let alone shave properly.
Find number 3. See the bags under his eyes? Yeah. That’s called lack of sleep. Sleep deprived and sick with flu, even make-up could not cover up. That’s called dedication and staying on budget. Series one was GRUELING. Constantly behind schedule and always rushed, Chris never got any rest. There was no ‘Doctor-lite’ episode in series one. They started that with Tennant in series 2 to give the actors a break. There was no split season because carrying the weight of any TV show is insane let alone rebooting one from the grave.
Chris Eccleston showed up to work and gave the performance of a lifetime, and on his lunchtime ran around trying to find home remedies at local apothecaries to stay on his feet. This is fact. You do 16 hours a day, 7 days a week and we’ll see whose standing at the end. In the meantime, give this man the credit he deserves.