Bookies favourite to take over the role of Doctor Who when Matt Smith leaves the hit BBC show this Christmas has denied rumours that he has been approached for the role.
Rory Kinnear, star of Count Arthur Strong, not only denies that he has been or is being considered to become the 12th Doctor Who, he has also admitted that he has never even watched an episode of the family sci-fi series!
Discussing the possibility with The Independent newspaper, Kinnear, who recently played MI6 officer Bill Tanner in the last two James Bond films, explained of the rumours:
“I don’t know where it came from and how these things evolve.
“I haven’t been 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.”
On his recent 007 roles, the actor went on:
“On the first day of filming Skyfall, there was me and Daniel [Craig] and you realise there’s a heap of people interested in what you’re doing, and it can affect the way you perform,
“Sometimes the higher the financial stakes, the greater the paralysis created.
“I’m not a snob… there’s room for entertainment that reaches a lot of people and can be really good, but you don’t just have to be one kind of actor.”
Meanwhile, with Kinnear seemingly out of the running now Torchwood star John Barrowman is hoping that the other major rumour surrounding the casting of the 12th Doctor might be true instead.
Ever since Matt Smith announced his decision to leave Doctor Who earlier this year, there has been much speculation about whether the next Time Lord would in fact be a woman, with many high profile names supporting the prospect.
And now it seems that Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harness in the hugely popular Doctor Who spin-off series, has declared that he thinks the next Doctor should be a woman, because they can always change her back afterwards!
Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak, Barrowman explained:
“We’ve had great guys playing the role. The character of River Song (Alex Kingston) was so popular in the last part of the series and it [had] such an impact – why shouldn’t we have a female Doctor?
“If it doesn’t work, she can always regenerate back to a man.”
Since the speculation about the new Doctor’s sex and ethnicity many females have been linked to the role, including Dame Helen Mirren and, more recently, Broadchurch star Olivia Colman, who said of the rumours to the Radio Times:
“My brother sent me a text saying, ‘Congratulations, they’ve released odds on you being the new Doctor Who’ – which we thought was very funny.
“It’s all on Twitter, isn’t it? I don’t have Twitter. It is all on Twitter, isn’t it?
“No-one’s ever asked me about it. I assume they would have to ask me for it to be true.”
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