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James Nesbitt Rules Himself Out (Hurrah!)

Following incessant speculation that either Robert Carlyle or James Nesbitt is lined up to take over from David Tennant (who still hasn’t left the role, people), Nesbitt has now ruled himself out of the running, just as Carlyle did last week.


Nesbitt has made a career out of playing brash bounders, and while it might be an interesting diversion for the Doctor, I would need quite a bit of convincing that he is right for the role.

It looks like I’m not alone in that thought:

I couldn’t follow Christopher Eccleston or David Tennant. I thought they were both brilliant.

Indeed, Mr Nesbitt.

It’s also worth emphasising at this early stage that David Tennant has not quit; many expect him to move on after the 2009 specials, but no announcement has been made.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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