James Nesbitt Says No

James Nesbitt has ruled himself out of the running for the role of the Eleventh Doctor.

The Northern Irish actor – best known for Steven Moffat’s Jekyll, the gritty Murphy’s Law, being a complete pillock in Cold Feet and and cutting his niece’s hair in a Yellow Pages advert – has finally revealed that he doesn’t want to be the Doctor.

Of course this isn’t his first denial, but let’s hope it will be his last, and that we don’t have to look at his unshaven chops grinning out of the papers or monitor everytime the Doctor Who role is mentioned.

“I am not interested in the role whatsoever.

I haven’t been approached about it but even if I was, it’s just not something I would want to do. When I was a kid I never watched Dr Who.

People started linking my name with the role because I worked on Jekyll with Steven Moffatt (Dr Who writer).

When I was a kid I never watched Dr Who, although my children are big fans now. David Tennant was a fantastic doctor and will be a hard act to follow but I think Paterson Joseph would be ideal for the job.

They need someone who could appeal to children, and like David Tennant, Paterson has that empathy. He is much better equipped for the job than I am.”

I think that’s a "no", then, Nesbitt-sayers.

And with the favourite putting himself out of the running, we can sleep safely.

Seriously though, no offence to Nesbitt or anyone thinking he would do a good job – but he would be very hard to like in the role, certainly after David Tennant.

As such, the smart money is on any of the following:

  • Marc Warren
  • Robson Green
  • Sean Pertwee
  • Paterson Joseph

Note I said smart money. Personally I want John Nettles, but I’ll settle for Pertwee…


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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