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Published on July 27th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

No Lunchboxes for Cumberbatch

Sherlock star Benylin Cucumber Benedict Cumberbatch has reported told inexplicably popular tabloid The Sun that he “decided against Doctor Who” when David Tennant gave up the role.

Doctor Who not for Benedict CumberbatchBack when David Tennant announced his departure from the role (and probably a few weeks after the period of national mourning had ended…) Cumberbatch apparently got in touch with the out going Tenth Doctor actor to find out more about being the Doctor.

“David and I talked about it but I thought it would have to be radically different.

“And anyway I didn’t really like the whole package – being on school lunchboxes.”

Certainly the Sherlock star would have to find himself on bedding, wallpaper, underpants, pyjamas, flasks, sticker albums and much more – not to mention have a small figure of himself produced. There are plenty of worse things to have your face on than a school lunchbox, but I think we get the point.

Of course, we already have our Eleventh Doctor – and very good he is too. So why are the press still speculating about Cumberbatch when Matt Smith is busy filming Doctor Who?

More importantly, how does this news tie in with rumours that Benedict Cumberbatch might be the new Master…?

(Via Digital Spy)


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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+.

9 Responses to No Lunchboxes for Cumberbatch

  1. Benylin Cucumber! ROTFLMAO

    I think Derelict Bandersnatch would make an excellent Master, though. Those starey eyes could be creepy with the right lighting and some of the more subtle Murray Gold music.

  2. @kopicbloodaxe – can’t take credit for tha particularly amusing variation on Cumberbatch’s name, I’m afraid, it’s all thanks to Castellan Spandrell in the forum.

  3. avatar Carn says:

    Watching Matt Smith perform as the Doctor at the Proms and his interaction with the audience and the little boy just makes it even clearer he was totally the right choice. We don’t need to consider anyone else until Smith himself feels it’s time to pass it on.

  4. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    I don’t usually pay the Scum any heed, but this is unusual in respect of the fact they’re claiming to directly quote Benedict himself, rather than a ‘close friend’ or ‘insider’. So, let’s for the moment assume that this story is at least partially accurate. My question is: who the hell does Cumberbatch think he is? Does he really expect to win any friends by saying “I could have been the Doctor, but I didn’t want to be on a lunchbox”? Was he offered the part? Or was he talking to David to gauge whether he should put himself up for it? Has he considered that his blase, smug attitude might reflect badly on Matt Smith? “They wanted me, but they had to settle for Matt” sort of thing. If Andy Pryor and his team have any sense they shouldn’t reward this self-serving publicity by giving Cumberbatch a part at all.

    Although… I haven’t actually read the article yet (my employer has sensibly blocked the Scum). And besides, there’s a good chance he’s been misquoted. So I’m prepared to take the foregoing back!

  5. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    I think Cumberbatch is getting a little bit too big for hos own boots. One minute i wouldn’t play another character, I would only play the Doctor, now its I did consider it but its not to my liking.
    I didn’t see Sherlock Holmes but i have seen Cumberbatch (have thought of a rather rue version of his name lol)interviewed, don’t think much of him.
    So glad we have a FANTASTIC DOCTOR in Matt Smith, long may he continue.

  6. avatar Carn says:

    Sherlock was pretty good though. I’m looking forward to next sunday’s episode.

  7. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Well I think the whole thing should be taken with a pinch of salt, this coming from the Scum.

    He may well have made these comments but there may have a bigger dimension to what he said, ie, becoming is the Doctor is basically becoming public property.Huge recognition,adoring fans,and yes lunch boxes.

    Not everyone wants that time of fame or recognition.

    I remember Tom B being interviewed once and (I think) he made the point that he was told when he got the role his life was going to change forever. He also said (I think) that after the first episode of Robot had broadcast that he went out and got on the tube, and a woman came up to him and said, ‘your the Doctor are’nt you’.

    Its like Alec Guiness had that amazing career and what part does everyone remember him for (mostly)….’feel the force Luke’.

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