Was this recorded? Because newspapers, magazines etc. are known to twist words and make things up to make things sound more 'dramatic'. Even if it was recoded, everyone makes mistakes. I've only ever heard / heard of him speaking well of the show, personally.
Oh gosh, what an amazing piece of art! I simply love how everything's somewhat in motion and at the same time frozen, how he appears solid and yet desintegrated. It fits the Time Vortex (so great choice of a title there) and his later regeneration so well. And good grief, his expression. He almost looks like a God himself in this - all-knowing and all-seeing.
This truly is a stunning picture, and definitely one of the best and most astonishing arts for the ninth Doctor that I have come across till now. Though I love the others, too, he still is my favourite. So thanx for appreciating this incarnation that otherwise is so highly underrated.