As we reported last week on Kasterborous, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch considered going for the role of Doctor Who when David Tennant announced his intention to step down back in 2008.
However, the press seem to have gone to town on this over the past few days, with a story that Cumberbatch was in fact offered the role, which he subsequently turned down.
All the offending newspaper (The Sun, duh) has to back this up is the following quote:
“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,” he told the Sun
Now while we focussed on the much more interesting angle of school lunchboxes, and whether a celeb likes or dislikes the culture that surrounds them once they hit the big time, The Sun and other papers are using the quote above to in some way prove that Matt Smith was not the first choice for Doctor Who.
Does it read like that? To us, it seems that Cumberbatch was at best invited to audition, but spoke to David Tennant before or after and decided not to pursue it. End of story.
This isn’t the first attempt at undermining Smith – The Sun have also been guilty of claiming (for no apparent reason) that he is planning to leave at the end of the 2011 series.
Back in 2007, we stopped linking to The Sun due to unflattering reports about then companion Freema Agyeman, which pretty much amounted to “the producers don’t like her, they think she’s rubbish, she’s leaving.”
Which as we all know, is rubbish; if she had been considered “rubbish” by the producers, she wouldn’t have been back for the 2008 episodes. Russell T Davies is a ruthless man – it simply wouldn’t have happened.
So I’m happy to reiterate our stance from 2007. No articles on Kasterborous will link back to The Sun’s website.