Skyfall actor Rory Kinnear may be out of running to replace Matt Smith as the 12th Doctor Who, as he has just been cast in a new ITV serial drama, the Metro reports!
Smith announced his decision to leave the hit BBC family sci-fi series earlier this year and Kinnear was almost immediately linked to the iconic role as a firm favourite to replace him.
Since then rumour has been rife regarding the age, sex and race of the actor who will take the iconic baton from Smith, who has played the 11th Doctor since 2011, with suggestions ranging from Harry Potter star Rupert Grint to Michael Jackson’s 16 year old daughter, Paris.
But as time went on almost all those linked to the role have come out to deny knowledge (with many of them adding that they wouldn’t say no mind you) not leaving many options for the BBC, who had said that a decision would have been made by now, to choose from.
And now Kinnear, who has remained on of the firm front runners and bookies favourite to be cast in the epic almost 50 year old show, has seemingly ruled himself out of the race by accepting a new role with rival network ITV.
According to the Metro the actor, who played Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of Staff in the 2012 blockbuster James Bond film, has signed up to play the title role in a two-part drama, Lucan.
Lucan, which is incidentally also co-starring former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, tells the story of an eccentric aristocrat who vanished in 1974 after the murder of his children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett. Lucan, who was later ruled to have committed the murder, was never found with people still speculating about his whereabouts, despite the fact that he was officially declared dead in 1999.
Lucan is due to commence filming in August, meaning that it will clash with the production of the Christmas Day special of Doctor Who, where Smith is set to regenerate into his replacement, which would appear to rule Kinnear out of the Doctor Who running!
ITV drama commissioner Steve November said of the drama, which has been written by Mrs Biggs writer Jeff Pope:
“The story of Lord Lucan continues to mystify and intrigue us,
“Jeff’s reputation for award-winning factual drama goes before him, and these new scripts offer a compelling insight into the events surrounding Lucan’s disappearance.”
Kinnear himself had publicly declared that he would not be taking the keys of the Tardis anytime soon when bookies suspended bets on him, causing many to believe that an announcement naming him was imminent, commenting to the Independent at the time:
“I haven’t been [asked to join the show] and I am totally certain that I will not be asked to be the next Doctor Who.
“If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who, then this would be torturous, but it’s a programme I’ve never watched, so I don’t even really know what it is.”
Meanwhile The Thick Of It actor Peter Capaldi has become the latest person to be linked to the role, with bookies placing him amongst the favourites to land the role.
Watch the Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in the clip below: