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Published on January 30th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

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Sean Pertwee: The Truth

Back in late 2008, a vacuum existed in the world of Doctor Who. David Tennant was leaving the role – but who would replace him?

Among the rumoured names was Sean Pertwee, son of Third Doctor Jon Pertwee. He’s been speaking to The Telegraph’s Finance section (no, really) and took the opportunity to reveal the truth about wanting to play the lead in Doctor Who…

A year ago it was rumoured you wanted to take over as Doctor Who from David Tennant. is that true?

No, I never said I wanted the part, but there is a financial tale behind how the rumour started. For a laugh I tried putting a £50 bet on me to play the next Doctor because I thought I was in with a chance, but all the boys I knew in Islington decided I must have some inside info so they piled in behind me.

When the betting shop staff asked who I was, the boys told them my father had played Doctor Who so they called head office about it and then declared all bets off. The next thing I knew I was in the news as running for the part, but I think it stemmed from trying to put £50 on myself. I’d love to have a guest part, but when it comes to the main role my father was too big an act to follow.

That’s an interesting last line – Jon Pertwee was certainly a big act, a multi-talented actor with a love of motoring and other fast vehicles. But Sean Pertwee could also bring something interest to the role of the Doctor, possible harking back to the Ninth Doctor and in keeping with his own habit of taking hard man roles…

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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+.




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