|Eccleston's favourite director|
Sounds like he has as much of a sense of humour as ever. And it's possibly another tantalizing hint as to why Eccleston left the show so soon - Ahearne, despite his talent, didn't direct any Doctor Who after Eccleston left. Did they both agree that the BBC "culture" Eccleston has talked about distastefully was too much for them? Would he have agreed to have been in the 50th anniversary special if he'd been asked, or would he have been as concerned by Moffat's showrunning? There's no knowing.
(Meanwhile, Ahearne would like the Internet to know that he wasn't born 23 November 1963, so there's our bit in stopping fan rumours.)