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Christopher Eccleston swims to exercise his mind and body. (ITV)

Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) is set to star in ITV’s four-part drama Safe House, reports RadioTimes.

Eccleston portrays a former police officer who now runs a bed-and-breakfast with his wife in Cumbria, located in North West England. The couple turns the B&B into a safe house for witnesses and victims seeking refuge.

The series is set in the Lake District, explaining Eccleston’s wetsuit in the above snap. The British actor did all of his own stunts including swimming in freezing cold water, according to ITV’s Steve November.

Eccleston jokes about why he refused using a body double, telling Radio Times, “It’s all part of my midlife crisis. I thought for my character, who has been through trauma, exercise would act as a stress relief. It was something I would always do during periods of unemployment.”

A brisk swim can take your mind off things.

The series is scheduled for spring 2015.

Eccleston currently stars in Sky Atlantic’s 13-part series Fortitude. He’s completed the film Legend, also starring Tom Hardy, Colin Morgan and Emily Browning, which will hit U.K. theaters on September 18, 2015.

What do you think of the first look? 

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By Brigid Brown