"It's a long time since I trembled. But I was a trembler in front of the tabernacle when I was young in Liverpool. At one time I was a fan of God! I mean, I was devoted to Him, you know? It was incredible. Of course, I've forgiven him now that I've discovered he doesn't exist."Stick around for a minute or two after the remark above (which stars at about the 3:45 mark) for an explanation of the title of this post. Good stuff.
Sylvester McCoy is probably the most famously atheist actor to play the Doctor, he's rather funny about it as well:
“I had a great time, although I did get housemaid’s knee from praying. But then I fell in love with an 18-year-old French nun who used to collect the laundry and decided that, rather than wear a skirt, I’d chase it instead.”Christopher Eccleston is also open about his atheism:
"I'm an atheist." he professed. "My mother is very religious, a churchgoer. She would often encourage me to go to church as well, but never forced it upon me, which I thought was quite decent of her."
Elsewhere in the interview, Eccleston, who ironically played a Messiah-type figure in the British TV Movie The Second Coming, said that he derives his own sense of spirituality from his work, and often prefers to focus on doing good toward others in the here and now.Matt Smith has also mentioned his atheism in an interview:
"I've always been into history, and then recently, probably by being the Doctor – he is, isn't he, a kind of one-man historical and scientific education? – much more into physics. I recently read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, which ignited my interest in a scientific, mathematical version of the world. No, I'm not religious. At all. I'm an atheist."Related: Atheism | Tardis Data Core