10 Roles That Showed Doctor Who Actors In A Completely Different Light
10. Christopher Eccleston The League Of Gentlemen
Despite delivering some of the funniest lines of the revived series "Lots of planets have a north!" Christopher Eccleston will probably always be the grumpy Doctor to many. He's done a lot of serious TV, thought-provoking stagework and even appeared in Heroes as a grumpy Mancunian disillusioned with the human race (sound familiar?). In Mark Gatiss comedy The League of Gentlemen though, Eccleston had a chance to show his lighter side. Gatiss played Kenny Harris, the owner of a dog cinema. In direct competition to him was Eccleston, playing Dougal Sieppe, a stereotypically posh villain who'd opened a cat theatre. Eccleston had specifically asked Gatiss and co. if he could appear, because he never got much of a chance to do comedy; it's a surprise really, given that this was a fantastic performance that highlighted his deadpan delivery and camp undertones wonderfully. Eccleston has constantly said that he doesn't want to be "put in a box" as an actor, and for audiences and casting directors to typecast him. Appearing in The League of Gentlemen was a certainly a bold move to show this, but it's one that definitely showcased a side of him we rarely see.