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Published on September 12th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Cumberbatch on The Jonathan Ross Show

While rumours of Sherlock star Benevolent Cucumberpatch Benedict Cumberbatch were quickly shot down by executive producer and all round brainy box Steven Moffat it hasn’t stopped chat show host returnee Jonathan Ross from indulging his fan boy tendencies on last Saturday’s edition of The Jonathan Ross Show.

Cumberbatch took time out from promoting the Hollywood adaptation of the BBC’s adaptation of John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy to correct the rumours of surrounding him taking over the role of the Doctor from his friend David Tennant and any future appearances on the show… see 2:25 onwards.

It’s a fair argument for not getting involved in the other industry that comes with being the Doctor (something that former Doctor Christopher Eccleston had great difficulties dealing with) but wouldn’t we all like to see Cumberbatch Doctor Who? If not for the brief fangasm of seeing Sherlock and the Doctor sharing the screen together but to see such a good actor play a role a million light years from the Great detective of Baker Street?


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

4 Responses to Cumberbatch on The Jonathan Ross Show

  1. avatar Bob James says:

    The future Master? But only after John Simm can pass on the mantle through a regeneration…….

    • avatar Michael Wooten says:

      I agree. After seeing his turn as Sherlock I imagine he would be the perfect Master for Matt’s Doctor.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    I’d say Cumberbatch is a natural to play the Doctor and for a while, I almost assumed he would eventually take over from Smith. He’s got the right “odd” look to him. I guess a lot may depend on whether Moffat casts the next Doctor and if he thinks it’s too great of a leap to go from Sherlock to Doc.

  3. avatar farsighted99 says:

    I think Cumberbatch protests too much. He really should be the next Doctor. He would make a great contrast after Matt’s whimsical Doctor. Unless he’s still doing Sherlock in 2013.

    No matter what happens, I hope he ends up with a role on the show. There is no reason why he shouldn’t appear on Doctor Who.

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