We have to admit, the timing of Matt Smith’s announcement that he is leaving Doctor Who couldn’t have come at a more convenient time for the BBC who had been desperately fending off 50th anniversary rumours until that point.
And now, with the whole world placing bets on just who will replace Smith as the 12th Time Lord, an actor who has been linked to the role has spoken out about how it is all news to him!
Dominic Cooper, friend of Abraham Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and friend of comedy genius James Corden in real life, has been one of many major names linked to the iconic role since speculation began earlier this month.
However, when asked about the possibility of stepping into the famous shoes this Christmas Special to take the symbolic baton from Smith, Copper commented to the Daily Express:
“I’ve heard absolutely nothing of this!
“It’s nice to be thought about though, wherever it came from. ‘It’s a very nice acknowledgement.
“Whoever does take it on has a very very hard job.
“Matt done such a wonderful, wonderful job with the intriguing, interesting and brave choices he made with him. They’re huge shoes to fill.”
However in a later interview with This Morning, with the seed of thought planted in his mind, he declared that he would certainly consider it, if he was asked to join the hit BBC family entertainment drama, explaining:
“I would definitely consider it… it would be very, very scary.
“Matt’s done an incredible job of it, and he’s made it so different and daring and I wouldn’t know where to begin with where to take that after what he has done.
“But, of course, it’s an incredible show – you couldn’t possibly not consider it.”
And when the vital question, should people keep his name in their shortlist of contenders, he replied excitedly:
Matt Smith announced his decision to leave Doctor Who earlier this month and will be written out during this year’s Christmas Special when the new Doctor will be revealed also.
Smith said at the time of his announcement:
“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show,”
Rumours linking several high profile actors to the role, including Rupert Grint, Sean Pertwee, Miranda Hart and Dame Helen Mirren have been circulating ever since Smith’s announcement, but show runner Steve Moffat has insisted that no decision has yet been made and that the casting team had “barely started” their search for the next Doctor.
Watch Cooper’s This Morning interview in the clip below: