There has been a rumour for some weeks now that British actor Martin Clunes – star of Men Behaving Badly, Doc Martin and other serials and one-offs -had been involved in the casting process for The Next Doctor.
However the Mirror yesterday raised the possibility that Clunes may also have been in the running to be the Eleventh Doctor (reported here in the Telegraph)!
There’s no way of knowing at this stage exactly how close to the truth this is, and these things tend to remain up in the air for quite acceptable reasons, such as professional courtesy.
It does however raise an interesting possibility, knowing the name of a potential Doctor or cast member who didn’t quite make it.
"Producers wanted Martin to take over Tennant’s job full time and were desperate to see him in the Christmas episode. They saw it as a trial for the main job but they found the whole casting process very frustrating."
Very fascinating indeed, until of course the matter turns to the subject of money.
"Talent comes at a price and the show could simply not afford Martin. It’s a shame as he would have been perfect."
This isn’t necessarily the truth, however – Clunes’ agent has denied that money had anything to do with it, while a Doctor Who "spokesperson" revealed that they don’t comment on casting.