Paterson Joseph on Eleventh Doctor Rumours

Paterson Joseph is NOT the Eleventh DoctorSurvivors star Paterson Joseph has been chatting to about the show, as well as the fantastic Neverwhere… as well as those rumours back in 2008 that he was a favourite to be the cast as the Eleventh Doctor.

Joseph was believed to be strongly in contention for the part eventually awarded to Matt Smith – even his Survivors co-star Philip Rhys seemed to believe that the actor had been cast, and with his character Greg shot at the end of the first series in late 2008, the door seemed to be open for him to move into the TARDIS…

BE: How much truth was there to the rumor that you were under consideration to play the Doctor?

PJ: (Hesitates for a very long time) Uh…a lot.

BE: Really? I wasn’t sure, because you never know about these things.

PJ: Yeah, a lot. But I can say no more.

BE: (Laughs) Oh, yeah? PJ: (Laughs) No, seriously! You know what it’s like. I did the… “Bad Wolf” episodes… I have to say, I’ve never been involved in anything so secret!

So everything is very hush-hush, so I wouldn’t dream of giving away any of the “Doctor Who” secrets. I can only say that, yes, there was some truth in the rumor.

BE: I’m sure that would’ve thrilled you to no end.

PJ: I…I mean, I can’t think of any actor in the world who wouldn’t be completely flattered by that. Well, maybe not in the world, but certainly any British actor, because we know what “Doctor Who” means for us.

It can probably be understood from this that Joseph indeed auditioned and was considered for the role of the Eleventh Doctor – something which would have seen the series taking a very different path from the one it is on now.

Visit for the full interview about Joseph in Survivors, Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.

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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