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A Doctor (WHO) Is Cast In THOR: THE DARK WORLD!!


Christopher Eccleston, who played the Doctor in the first Season/Series of Russell T. Davies' relaunch of DOCTOR WHO, is set to portray Malekith The Accursed in director Alan Taylor's follow-up to Kenneth Branagh's THOR.  

Per THIS piece at Deadline: 

He is a super-villain in the Marvel Universe, the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. In the Marvel Comics, he clashed mightily with Thor, and will go up against the hammer-wielding god of Odin


Eccleston, who also appeared in HEROES and played Destro in G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA,  is an amazing and diverse actor.  His nuance and energy should be a staggering contribution to THE DARK WORLD, which hits theaters November 2013.


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  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    Man I hope he doesn't give that smile when he introduces himself in the film. Otherwise, very solid!!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by tyler_turden

    This should be awesome. Taylor has really cut his teeth on the great HBO shows.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    My favorite new Doctor Who. Hell yeah.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I can barely pronounce those names.

    by Silv

    Doesn't bode well for a wide release film.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Yet again

    by Kakii

    Great casting by Marvel, Dr Who wouldnt have been so revitalised if not for his portrayal of the Dr. Great actor, Nuff Said!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    which hits theaters November 2013.

    by aTwenty7thLetter

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by Clavius

    I know Eccleston and Davies didn't get along and that's largely why he left the show, but still, I REALLY wish he would've hung in there for at least one more season, he was a GREAT Doctor. I know he's probably not hurting career wise, but it just feels someone like Eccleston is "slumming" when he appears in a G.I. Joe movie. He's so much better than that. It's kind of lame for me to say that though, because there's really no Doctor I DON'T like. There have been plenty of crap stories, but IMO, they have always managed to cast a compelling and charismatic actor to play The Doctor.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Screw Eccleston

    by MJPollard

    He's refusing to swallow his pride for a possible one-time appearance for "Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary, so fuck him and the high horse he rode in on. Like Tom Baker, he'll come to regret not participating in a milestone of the show he was instrumental in reviving. And let's face it, Chrissy: you really aren't all that.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    that character design is pure crap...even for a marvel character.

    by nephilim138

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by carlotta_valdes

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    mjpollard - I cant blame him!

    by Kakii

    Since Davies and Tennant left Dr who has sucked big time, its MS I feel sorry for as he has great potential, but alas we got 1 good episode out of 2 or is it 3 seasons? So I wouldn't want to do it either if I was him.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Eccleston was my favorite Dr. Who

    by zillabeast

    Granted, I really don't give a rats ass about that show, but of what I've seen, he's the tits.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    i like his purple uggs.

    by vulturess

    obviously made from the hides of his former pet puppies.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Pish Tosh

    by Anita Hummer

    Before super hero movies we had action adventure stuff, before that it was horror, before that it was westerns... I like it because it is pretty and shit blows up real good. sometimes the words even make sense.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    You forgot about mob movies, police/crime dramas, sci-fi films and disaster movies. But yeah, it comes and goes in waves. For about a decade or two, one genre will rule; then a game-changing movie will come out, rendering the past decade or two seemingly irrelevant, and we'll have a new sheriff in town for a while. Rinse and repeat. Meet the new boss; same as the old boss. Happens in music, too.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Hahaaaaa . . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . MAN, that pic looks like it was air-brushed on the side of a van. I'm going to get out a FuManchu cd, no vinyl . . .

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by Kenny8

    Will Malekith The Accursed be from the North too?

  • -Herc dressed as Thor and Thor dressed as Herc ("I feel a draft") -Zeus reborn as a horny adolescent -An epic fight where Herc gave Thor a Purple Nurple and Thor kicked Herc right in the Royal Family Jewels I'd pay to see THAT on the screen!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    nice marmot, I suggest THE ACTION IS GO, I love that album

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    by Henry Fool

    When I saw the title, I was hoping for David Tennant but Eccleston is an awesome actor in his own right. No one would have complained if Ecc had stayed on for to continue to the role. He does deserve some credit for Dr. Who's current success. His relaunch of the series set the stage for it's current role as cult phenomenon.<br /> <br /> I've admired him since "Shallow Grave" and I always find him to be a compelling presence in anything he's in (even a shitty film like G.I. Joe).<br /> <br /> As for David Tennant, I hope he doesn't keep starring in crap like 'Fright Night'. If he can just get the right parts, I think we can still expect great things from him.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    stereotypical. 2nd that.

    by adeceasedfan

  • Why did he even take the role then, I wonder? Whether I'm right or not, he did a great job.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    If you do Dark Elves, you do Drizzt Do'Urden or you get out of Dodge.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Salvatore is God Emperor of the Dark Elves, although his Dark Elf series is really hit or miss. But when it hits, damn he can be good; Salvatore is the Hemingway of written action. I wish he would challenge himself and his readers more. There's greatness left in Salvatore, but he needs to cultivate it instead of just hammering out products.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Great great actor

    by oneletter

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I thought Paste Pot Pete had a bad costume.

    by LapdogOfSatan

    Eccleston was great in Shallow Grave. You're gonna end up inside of a fuckin' bin bag!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Perfect casting.

    by ganymede3010

    This is the next Marvel installment i'm looking forward to the most. At this point Thor > The Iron Man franchise.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    hammer-wielding god of Odin?

    by wintocha67

    How about "son of Odin"?

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    stereo, maybe this will give a boost to a Drizzt movie.

    by iluvsyfy

    One can only hope, but to me Drizzt would be the next evolution in cinema fantasy. Amazing Dark Brutal Sexy Violent World Oh wait! Thats over on HBO, it doesn't have elves, orcs, but GoT does have one awesome dwarve.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Is he at war with another race of elves....

    by Chuck

    ....who are blue on the left side and black on the right?

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Not a bad actor, I guess this is good

    by Steve Lamarre

    Holy shit I hated his take on Destro. But it probably wasn't his fault.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Shoulda been Tom Baker as...

    by Monnie Knapp

    Ego, the Living Planet!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I was hoping Loki would call Nick Fury a "dark elf"

    by Nerd Rage

    Maybe Avengers 2?

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    hell yes...anyone who hates this choice eats at chickfila

    by walt

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    This could be it for Thor...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...the first one was charming, but he is the most easily relegated to Avengers sequels if they drop the ball.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Drizzt needs to be done Avatar style

    by antonphd

    let some fucking badass swordsman act out the fighting and cast someone cool for the acting scenes and let the rest of pop culture discover the awesomeness of Drizzt there is literally no good reason not to adapt Drizzt to the big screen at this point. it's just money waiting to be made. if there was some remaining doubt about a movie like this being accepted by audiences they only need to look to Marvel movies to see that people love this shit.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    The first one was camper than christmas, but...

    by Darkness

    This takes the cake. Marvel seem to be dominating the multiplexes of late - enough already! That illustration seems to me he might be merging with "Masters Of The Universe" - actually Chris Hemsworth does resemble the mighty Eternian one. Looks like Marvel could fall flat on their faces in the next year or so: with the afformentioned "Thor" with a naff title; "Captain America" directed by, er...The Russo Brothers, and Hugh-i'm to old for adamantium-Jackman not cutting the mustard as "The Wolverine", plus Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: High School Musical".

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:47 a.m. CST

    My favorite Who.

    by Gabe Athouse

    Tennent never worked for me in that roll, because the doctor should always seem somewhat out of place, and Tennent seemed to fit in affably everywhere. By the way: "there is literally no good reason not to adapt Drizzt to the big screen at this point." You don't know what "literally" means. Work on that.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST

    by tensaip

    short answer is "no"

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by ponyboy

    first noticed him in shallow grave on VHS back in the day. everybody should check out the great criterion blu-ray. great performance. been following him ever since. should bring some gravitas to the role. his presence alone should bring out the rest of the casts A game.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by ponyboy

    first noticed him in shallow grave on VHS back in the day. everybody should check out the great criterion blu-ray. great performance. been following him ever since. should bring some gravitas to the role. his presence alone should bring out the rest of the casts A game.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Yes Marvel will fall flat on their faces.

    by Volllllume3

    Not bloody likely.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    ouch, poor Eccleston!

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    He actually quit Doctor Who because he didn't want to be typecast, and he's done WAAAAAY more stuff before then. Bit of a blow to head the article with the Doctor Who stuff. Personally I would've gone with 28 Days Later. He's a special kind of villain in that.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I really hope he's wearing that outfit.

    by 11dayempire

    Eccleston's brilliant. David Tennant's great, but I wish Eccleston had stuck around for a couple more seasons of Doctor Who.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Since Comics are a FORMAT, NOT A GENRE

    by Thwipping Boys

    It doesnt matter in the slightest how many more films will come from the pages of comics. It's an irrelevent, stupid and moot complaint. What people mean is that they are fed up of SUPERHEROES which is a completely different thing. Road To Perdition was a comic. Even within Superheroes, they are not exactly similar. Thor is a world away from Captain America. I saw TDKR and Amazing Spider-Man last week. It's hard to imagine two more thoroughly different films.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Kick ass

    by symon

    These Thor movies know how to cast their villains!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    A supervillain wearing Uggs..

    by I4NI

    Thor will probably ruin her Sweet Svartalfheim party by showing up in the exact same dress. After two hours of Asgardian trash talk, they kiss and make up.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Nice, Eccleston is great

    by rev_skarekroe

    Everyone should check out Revengers Tragedy. He's awesome in that.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Hippy Eclipso...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...I just realised I'm a nerd for knowing that.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Salvatore just ripped off the imagery of Nasir (played by Mark Ryan)

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    in the ITV Robin of Sherwood) for Drizzt. It was obvious he made him a Drow because the then new Forgotten Realms boxed set gave the greenlight on playing Drow elves, which was previously off-limits in the rules. So it was an obvious Mary Sue move.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    Eccleston has been the best Doctor of the new 'Who'.

    by buggerbugger

    The bloke's mostly brilliant, been a fan of his since 'Let Him Have It', 'Cracker' (in which Robert Carlisle also stood out instantly as someone to watch) and 'Our Friends in the North' (alongside other class acts such as Daniel Craig, Mark Strong and Gina McKee). Top actor, except whenever Hollywood asks him to chew the scenery - much like Carlisle and Strong). 'Jude' - fuck me, but that's a bleak film. Tennant? Nah, no thanks. Rat-faced kid in a skinny suit who can only do Excited Face, Sad Face and Angry Face. That's about his limit. Matt Smith? An absolute fucking golem of a lad who's been let down by the shittiest, smug-drenched writing the series has ever had. Decent enough actor when he's allowed it, except when his big, wet lips are spraying saliva everywhere. To recap: Eccleston should have stayed on 'DW'. It's all been a slow downhill ride since Series 1 ended.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Loved Tennant's manic energy.

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Plus he had some of the best Who episodes ever...Library, Fireplace, Blink. Matt Smith does nothing for me but Amy Pond is sex on a stick.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Production Art

    by tacitblue

    Came across this, if this is old my apologies.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST


    by tacitblue

    Yeah sorry this is old! Hope that they decide to use Baldar in this movie.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by tacitblue

    Sorry old info, but I hope that they decide to use Baldar in the new movie.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Just get rid of Thor and have the Doctor! lol

    by paul cook

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Casket of Ancient Winters

    by vosborne951

    Surtur...Fimbulwinter...Malekith...Twilight...Beta Ray Bill...

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Cool, but regardless of the actors...

    by lisa

    ...the only way they could screw this up is by trying to fit too much into it. The film is already supposed to centre around Thor and Jane's relationship on earth. (Good job they scrapped the whole duality with Donald Blake - that in itself is enough to mindfuck their way out of a decent film.) So now they've got that plus potentially the Casket of Ancient Winters plotline (could this include an introduction to Surter?) plus whatever they decide Loki ought to do, plus maybe Lorelei, and of course the Warriors Three, (Balder? hopefully,) and SHIELD (Avengers cameos?) and whatever is going on with earth... this all makes for a rich and complex history that does not suit itself well to the two-hour Hollywood framework. Of course, this is the case with many comic and book adaptations, and so far Marvel in particular has done well and created a decent formula (inexplicable changes to the canon aside). Nonetheless these issues will present themselves more prevalently as the sequels, prequels and tertiary installments become more prolific.

  • I've nothing against gay people but if you're's not really the type of thing you want to do. I wouldn't be surprised if R.T.D. wanted him to do more of that.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    That the crotch exposed for some reason?

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • Said it before, but I think it's criminal that Baker hasn't been cast in some major fantasy property. He would be fantastic. I hate that Mikkelson is off the production now, and for the sake of some stupid sure-to-be-short-lived TV show where he's playing someone else's character. He would have been gold in this film and given it some much-needed actual Nordic color.

  • No Branagh, no Mikkelson... suddenly some of the thrill has gone from this whole thing. Hope the news is good from here out.

  • No Branagh, no Mikkelson... suddenly some of the thrill has gone from this whole thing. Hope the news is good from here out.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    two words: Randall Calitri

    by Mark Leffler

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by Cruizer Dave

    Wake for Avengers 2.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    great casting

    by oisin5199

    Eccleston is an actor's actor. Can do Shakespeare with the best of them. Too bad Branagh's not directing him. Didn't he play the Iago role in the modernized BBC Othello? Some of my favorite Eccleston performances were with Kate Winslet in Jude and in a little known movie called Invisible Circus, a heartbreaking story about the Summer of Love. Also a great novel.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Scratchmonkey, you are my doppelganger...

    by schizoschizo

    ...'cuz I hold polar opposite view on your evaluation of the three latest doctors. Matt Smith is my fave and Moffat, the present showrunner (also the showrunner for Sherlock) is fuckin' brilliant!!!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Eccelston was indeed the best Doctor.

    by leroyspoboys

    And the only real actor to ever fill the role. And this is coming from a card carrying member of the Dr.Who Fan club for 30 years. I'm sure he'll do fine in Thor 2.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Not his real outfit

    by Bagel13

    Malekith seems to be stripping away his Baldur disguise. So the top half is him, the pants are Buldur's. And that art is poo. Find some art by the character's creator, Walt Simonson. That concept art was new to me, so thanks.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    I wanna see Hercules and Zeus and some other Skyfathers!

    by Ryan B

    Maybe Ares?...

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Eccleston eats at Chick-fil-A ...

    by Bill Clay

    The wanker left Doctor Who because he couldn't handle all the "gay" plots. He's another shithead who believes that putting gay characters in stories is part of an 'agenda' to turn the world homosexual.

  • One of us is the Brigadier, one of us is the Brigade Leader? So which one's wearing the eye-patch? :)

  • I thought Eccleston left because he realised early on that he couldn't handle the workload and he was disappointed at the quality of the scripts he was given? Nothing to do with "gay" stuff, as far as I know.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 6:33 a.m. CST

    why Eccleston left Doctor Who...

    by Koschei

    isn't 100% confirmed, though he did speak about it for the first time just last year in an interview. He heavily implied that there were some personality clashes with one of the directors who worked on the show's 2005 series, and that the BBC started looking for a replacement actor a little too soon after he expressed his desire to leave (and therefore not giving him the chance to change his mind). Not being able to handle 'gay' plots = bullshit. Workload wasn't the reason either. I still wouldn't rule him out for returning for the 50th anniversary, he's been quite positive about his time on the show in recent interviews and Q+As... just a few days ago he said that he wished he'd gotten to play the character for longer so he could've developed his Doctor more.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Fuck your chick fil a comments you cunts!

    by malificus

    I love it how gays and minorities harp all the time about tolerance and then the first time someone says something they don't like they pitch bitch. But what I love more is how people who agree with the concept of free speech are showing up in droves to support the restaurant chain. What a steaming pile of ignorant nazi hypocrites you jackasses are.

  • I love it how gays and minorities harp all the time about tolerance and then the first time someone says something they don't like they pitch bitch.

  • I'm not one of those people who think it's imperative for AICN to get an updated comments system - but it should at least work consistently!

  • Every group has an 'agenda'. If they didn't what would be the purpose of forming a group to start with? Organized gay/lesbian groups absolutely have an agenda, just like the NRA has an agenda and the League of Women's Voters and the Rainbow Coalition and everyone else. The agenda is whatever suits their particular purpose, whether its for the greater good or not. I somehow doubt Eccleston left the show because of it's gay agenda but if he did I would defend his right to do so and then publicly decry it if he feels strongly about it.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Anyway, here's that reply.

    by kevred condensed form, because I don't feel like rewriting the whole thing due to crappy AICN comment-board issues. The issue isn't what the company owner says, it's about the company ownership donating millions of dollars to political groups that are actively working to legislatively take away civil rights from gay people. People who cloak the issue in terms of tolerance, free speech, etc., are just providing cover for anti-gay world views. It's fine to take a position and take issue with others' positions, but it's really easy to spot the indignation of people whose basic rights and freedoms *aren't* on the line.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    If Burger King donated money to the KKK...

    by Bill Clay

    I think people would have a problem with that. Don't you agree, you Chick-fil-A loving douchebags?

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Go ahead and have a problem with it if you want

    by malificus

    but you don't get to force your opinion or problems on others nor brow-beat them into your view. If a rapper raps about bitches, drugs and poppin' caps and makes a buck at it that's cool 'cause they're black. If a jewish group sends money to Is Ra El and they then dozer olive groves and homes with people in them there's no public outcry 'cause they're jews. The reason people are having their hissy over Chick Fil A is because the owner holds prosiac Christian values and it's been open season on anything perceived as 'religious values' for years now. It really grinds the gears of homosexuals and lesbians whenever Christians stand by their biblical beliefs doesn't it? You just can't let them have their version of values, you just gotta shove what YOU think THEY should think right down their F'ing throats don't you? If The King were to start giving money to the KKK I might make a personal decision not to spend my money there, but I'm not going gather all the black folks I can and go in there and disrupt their business and then run them out of town. That demon Rahm has far bigger problems in that shithole city of his than Chick Fil A and it is completely out of line for him to block business's based on what they do with their earned money. Emmanuel claimed Chicago doesn't want them there, he doesn't speak for Chicago he should merely regurgitate what his constituents want, that's his fucking job, he's far too morally corrupt to be preaching anything to anybody. Nobody finds the timing of Emmanuel's big stand for same sex marriage coinciding with O'Fraud's as a little coincidental? O'Fraud and his buddies are doing everything they can to be as disrespectful and outright disdain core American values as they can and that is by design.

  • ...and consumers have every right to protest and be outraged and withdraw THEIR money how they see fit. Isn't that the whole point of free speech and free market capitalism?

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Cool name

    by malificus

    outright stupid costume. Eccleston will be great in it, though i wonder without Kenneth Branagh whether I'll like it as much.

  • call cousin cousin cousin vinny...hmm works in sim city...

  • Aug. 4, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Death and the Compass and Eccleston in general means

    by alexander

    Good News!