As a fan of Doctor Who, I’ve always been a little bit confused at fellow fans who are still angry that Christopher Eccleston chose not to return for the 50th Anniversary special.  Of course, an absentee actor is nothing new in the world of ‘Who’, as the Sixth Doctor’s regeneration occurred without Colin Baker (who, understandably, didn’t wish to return after being sacked.)

It’s not just Doctor Who that has the issue, though, as Agent Fox Mulder mostly disappeared for the final two seasons of X-Files back in the day, and I recall some irritation from fans of the show on the nascent intarwebs, leading to today’s MIA query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wouldn’t like it if someone were to presume to tell me I had to go back to *MY* old job, especially if I left on less-than-positive terms, asking: Have you ever resented an absentee actor for leaving their show (or not coming back for a reunion?)


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  1. No, I don’t think I ever have. That said, I don’t follow movie stars and gossips, so I don’t know circumstances of them leaving and that’s why I have no reason to. If I knew already filthy rich movie star left my favorite show just to run after more money, I probably would, if it was for some other reason, I wouldn’t.

  2. Not really, at least not in terms of resentment. I’ve been somewhat disappointed and saddened that an actor left or wouldn’t return, but it is usually very mild.

    For instance, I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see more returning Legends in “Power Rangers: Super Megaforce”, but I wasn’t angry. I could understand why certain actors wouldn’t come back (such as David Yost), and I can understand that for some, the low pay didn’t make up for the missed days of their current jobs. I still wish we could have seen a few more actors return to their characters, but I’m not resentful about it.

  3. Daniel Langsdale on

    Claudia Christian leaving Babylon 5 after season 4 particularly stung, since another beloved character died so that hers could live, and then she left the show. Creator JMS has gone on record saying that if he’d known she was leaving, he probably wouldn’t have killed off that other character, so… yeah, little resentment.

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