Sylv Ready for The Hobbit

Former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy has confirmed that discussions have continued on his potential casting in The Hobbit.

McCoy – who played the Time Lord on TV from 1987-1989, and again in 1996 – apparently had meetings with producer Peter Jackson and co-producer and co-writer Philippa Boyen last week, although no official announcement of a completion of contracts has been made.

However, GallifreyNewsBase are mistaken in saying that this is the first time McCoy has confirmed that he has been offered the role. Earlier in the year, Sylvester was performing his duties as the Cowal Highland Gathering Chieftain, and told local reporters:

“I am being cast in The Hobbit,’ he said. “We’re currently in negotiations – there are two of us under consideration. It’s not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger.”

If they were in negotiations back in August, then McCoy had already been offered the role. Following confirmation that both Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman and Robin Hood and Spooks‘ Richard Armitage have already been cast, expect an announcment concerning McCoy and the part of Radagast the Brown in the next few weeks.

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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