With the whole nation speculating over just who the next Doctor Who will be, a new contender has thrown his hat into the ring – Coronation Street star Craig Charles!
With everyone wondering if Matt Smith’s exit will pave the way for the first female Doctor to replace him, Charles, who also starred in the hugely popular sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, has revealed that he is keen to become the first ever black Doctor!
Current Time Lord Matt Smith announced his decision to bow out of the hugely popular family sci-fi entertainment show during this year’s Christmas special earlier this month, and since then several high profile names including Dame Helen Mirren, Rupert Grint, Dominic Cooper and Sean Pertwee have all been linked to the iconic role – and now Craig Charles!
However, whilst hoping that the new Doctor will bring new change as far as casting goes, Charles admits that his chances of landing the role every man (and woman now) dreams of, are pretty slim.
Discussing the situation with Purple Revolver, the soap star commented:
“Yeah, having a black Doctor Who would be double cool,
“To be asked by the Beeb would be great, it’s such a classic show.
“But I think there would probably be too much cross-over with Red Dwarf, as we’ve got a new series lined up next year.”
But, whilst Charles is all for moving with the times as far as the actors are concerned, he went on to admit he isn’t a fan of the revived shows new spangled special effects:
“Also, I would have to grit my teeth a bit, because the thing about Doctor Who that always annoyed me was the graphics are crap.
“But, even if I can’t be the first black Doctor, I am the first black man to own a house on Corrie, which is as good a claim to fame.”
Meanwhile, one person who had been linked to the role very early on, has ruled himself out of the race by signing up for a new US supernatural series.
John Hurt has joined the cast of The Strain, a pilot based on the hugely popular vampire novels which tell the story of Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centre for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, who along with his team investigate a viral outbreak commonly linked to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.
Hurt has signed up to play Abraham Setrakian, a pawn shop owner in Spanish Harlem who survived the holocaust and immigrated to the U.S. after WWII.
The Strain writer and director Guillermo del Toro said of Hurt’s casting:
“I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,”
John Hurt is no stranger to Doctor Who, he is due to portray an unknown incarnation of the Doctor in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, after being introduced at the end of the series 7 finale, “The Name of the Doctor”.
Watch an interview with Hurt discussing the 50th anniversary in the clip below: