Ood Wants Nesbitt

Doctor Who monster actor Ruari Mears has been fetaured in the Coventry Telegraph’s "Geek Files" blog, in which he talks about working on the show as a range of monsters, not to mention praising David Tennant and putting James Nesbitt’s name back in the frame for the Who job…

Mear’s Whoniverse credits include a Judoon, an Ood, a Cyberman, chatty Hath Gable in The Doctor’s Daughter, the featureless clone of Martha Jones The Sontaran Strategem, as well as Heidi Slitheen in The Sarah Jane Adventures. So out of all of those creatures, which is his favourite?

"The Cybermen are my favourite – everyone in the country knows them. I auditioned because they were looking for people who were the same body shape and who were physically strong."

On the matter of casting the new Doctor, Ruari Mears says

"Of the names I’ve heard mentioned, I quite like the idea of James Nesbitt in the role – he’s quite dark and he would fit really well with the style of [new showrunner] Steven Moffat, which is much edgier and scarier than the approach of Russell T Davies."

Of course, we won’t know exactly how Moffat’s show turns out until it airs. After all, we need to get the specials out of the way first – I wonder of Mears is involved?

"I am doing some of the specials next year. I start filming them in January. If there’s a monster involved, I’ll be there!"



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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