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Published on August 1st, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Kasterborous Blocks Sun

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.

Sherlock star Benedict CumberbatchHowever, 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.

(Via PA)


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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+.

8 Responses to Kasterborous Blocks Sun

  1. avatar Carn says:

    Yeah, I don’t get why anyone would use The Sun as a reliable source of information at all. Can I make up crap, print it and sell millions of copies too?

    Although personally I felt Freema was rubbish. Martha Jones is my least favorite companion of all time.

  2. avatar Jez Noir says:

    Poor Freema!

    (……..I still would)

  3. avatar krumstets says:

    Don’t forget The Sun has an ulterior motive in undermining DR Who.
    The Sun and Sky TV are both from the same stable. Of course they don’t like Dr Who, it’s too successful but more importantly it’s not on Sky and not owned by Rupert Murdoch-and that just won’t do.
    Any BBC bashing in general by that rag is politically motivated.
    They will support Dr Who when it gets papers shifted, but don’t be suprised if they print negative article after negative article on Who…It’s too popular and stops folk from hating the BBC as much as they do.
    Thank heavens their readership is dwindling…….

  4. avatar krumstets says:

    oh and here in the News of The Screws………

    this article should read….`Woman goes for night out and has a good time’

    Dr Whoozy indeed………..

  5. avatar darksyde says:

    Yeah,got to agree wholeheartedly.The Sun is written by knobheads for knobheads,but unfortunately a lot of people tend to believe what they read in the papers. (Oh,and just for the record,I would too…..)

  6. avatar 23skidoo says:

    The sad part is a lot of people DO believe everything they read in these rags. And as such I wonder how many people stopped watching DW because of, say, the reports that Smith was going to be replaced after his first season (these reports surfaced about a week before filming began on the Christmas special). And the media started a countdown to Tennant’s departure the moment he entered the TARDIS.

    The papers themselves don’t care because they know most people won’t remember when they get things wrong. Such as all those reports of Kylie Mingoue coming on to play a Cyberwoman. Or that Paterson Joseph (among others) had actually been signed to play the Doctor, this months after Matt Smith had already been hired!

  7. avatar prof peach says:

    Personally, I quite like the Sun and read it as part of a balanced diet which includes the Guardian, the Observer and the Telegraph. Thankfully I’m not crippled by some of the cultural snobbery that often prevails and take it on its’ own terms.

    Oddly enough, I tend not to go there for my heavyweight political commentary but do enjoy the footy and entertainment news. And, like it or loathe it there is often more of a kernel of truth in their coverage of Who than many of us dare to admit.

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