Diary: Hit or Miss... Eccleston quits

Dr Who It's bad enough that the BBC lost one Time Lord and more than two and a half million Dr Who viewers last weekend. It has now been forced to admit that it falsely attributed a statement to departing actor Christopher Eccleston. The Beeb was caught out when it confirmed media enquiries about Eccleston's departure without consulting the star. The Guardian accused the BBC of knowing for three months but 'playing dumb' to protect the launch's publicity machine.

A tactic that backfired.

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