Paterson Joseph – 3-1 favourite to become the 11th Doctor – has spoken via telephone to BBC News regarding rumours of him being cast as the Time Lord.
The 44 year old spoke of the challenge of playing the character as well as failing to comment on whether or not he would be the next Doctor.
“Comedy and sci-fi are two areas where you can be larger than life, without the charge of overacting,” he said.
“My favourite character was the Marquis de Carabas from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
"I love that character because he’s so flamboyant but also darkly dangerous – and he’s also 200 years old.
“In no other genre can you be believable as an immortal character. I love sci-fi for that, so yeah – I’m a big fan.”
Joseph will soon be seen as a lead character in the reimagined Terry Nation series Survivors, and has previously been seen in the Doctor Who story Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways. Other notable credits include Peep Show.