Benedict Cumberbatch enjoyed getting fat to play Christopher in Parade’s End! And what of those Doctor Who rumours?

Actor and thinking woman’s pin-up Benedict Cumberbatch cuts a lean figure as classic detective Sherlock in the BBC drama of the same name, however, as Christopher Tietjens in forthcoming wartime drama Parade’s End, Benedict had to beef up somewhat…

However, during an interview with Reader’s Digest for their September edition – which goes on sale next week – Benedict revealed that he’d enjoyed being somewhat more portly than normal while filming for the BBC2 drama.

He explained, “I have got prosthetics in my mouth to ‘cheek me out’ too.

“But it’s been nice to thrust food in my mouth. It makes a sharp change from the Sherlock days of one bean sprout.”

Just apropos of his Reader’s Digest interview, I suspect there may be some mention in there about the speculation that Benedict may be lined up to play a villain in Doctor Who’s forthcoming 50th anniversary episodes…

It was first rumoured earlier this year that Benedict would play the role of the Doctor’s nemesis, The Master, however that has never been confirmed or denied by the show’s bosses.

At the time, a Doctor Who insider told the Daily Express, “It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy The Master for the 50th anniversary…

“And it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work. Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor.”

The Master last made an appearance in Doctor Who in 2009, and was played by Life On Mars actor John Simm. Prior to that, The Master has been played by Derek Jacobi, Eric Roberts, Gordon Tipple among others.

Dr Who Magazine has dubbed The Master a “Moriarty to the Doctor’s Holmes”, which could well be a hint that Benedict is indeed taking on the role.

Would you like to see him playing a villain for once?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.

1 Comment

  1. hattie on August 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’d love him to play the doctor but as he doesnt want to be tied to the role for most of the year the Master is the next best thing

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