Martin Freeman: I Was Considered

The Office and Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy actor Martin Freeman has revealed that he was considered for the role of Eleventh Doctor, which eventually went to Matt Smith.

Freeman co-stars in a new series soon – a modern adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes tales written by a certain Steven Moffat as Dr Watson alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes.

“Apparently I got a mention from Russell T Davies himself on some documentary programme but never made the shortlist.”

“I got a text from Patterson Joseph, who was a favourite at one point, telling me his agent had been asked to confirm or deny he’d been approached to play the role.

“It never got that far with me, but it did make me think: ‘God, wouldn’t it be weird to be the Doctor’?”

That’s an interesting observation – in David Tennant’s case we know how famous he is now, and he wasn’t at all famous, just a very good character actor before he was cast.  What Freeman talks about here is the  instantaneous switch off of a normal life the moment an actor is associated with the role of the Doctor – whether they are eventually cast or otherwise.

Doctor Who has always been tabloid manna – but it’s never been a insane as it has over the past 5 years, and the casting process was watched with the beadiest of tabloid eyes this time around.

Leaving the potential for it to be even more rabid next time.


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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