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Published on July 16th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Will Eric Morecambe Be the Doctor?

Bringing fun, bringing laughter and indeed bringing love, Bleeding Cool have backed Eric & Ernie star and former face of BT’s ‘flat 6’ ads Daniel Rigby to be the next Doctor.

Daniel Rigby

Daniel, who recently won a million life points by quitting the BT ads (you can’t advertise telecommunications companies wares if you’re the Doctor, he says stroking his rumour chin), has apparently been the talk of the ‘actor type people’ which has now reached ears of Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston. He’s even had a little bet on him!

“He’s basically just the sort of level of actor who you would expect to be chosen to play The Doctor. He’s relatively low profile in the British public’s mind, but a brilliant young talent with great stage experience and is, you know, funny.”

While he may not be as well-known as Lenny Henry but Daniel’s CV is mightily impressive. He recently won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Eric Morecambe in the brilliant Eric & Ernie (beating both Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch no less, he says fondling the beard of spurious intent), has an impressive roster of theatre work including Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet and the One Man, Two Guvnors revival, including the initial London and Broadway cast, and an appearance in Charlie Brooker’s modern anthology series Black Mirror episode, The Waldo Moment.

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The one snag to him potentially entering the TARDIS (other than, you know, it being a rumour) is that he’s already signed up for BBC One’s Big School and Dave’s Police Squad-ish Undercover but again as Bleeding Cool points out, these could be limited runs – leaving him plenty of time to pick out an esoteric outfit.

So is he a good choice? Bad choice? Would you like to see him hanging out with a box that isn’t a BT Home Hub?


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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.

12 Responses to Will Eric Morecambe Be the Doctor?

  1. Hmmm… I can see this working. :)

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Well, Rich Johnston is *never* wrong, so….oh wait…..

    • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

      If you throw enough darts at the board eventually you’ll hit the bullseye. It doesn’t mean everyone should forget all the times you missed the board completely…

  3. avatar Dr Hula Hoop says:


    • avatar TonyS says:

      Has Charlie Sheen issued a denial yet?

  4. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    Bleeding Cool’s track record speaks for itself.

    • We were right about Matt Smith

      • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

        That must have been nice for you.

  5. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Don’t know who the guy is. Can’t say.

  6. avatar TonyS says:

    I didn’t see Eric & Ernie. But the BT ads are good. He looks a lot like Vic Reeves in the photo.

  7. avatar Philip Bates says:

    I saw him in the BT ads and thought, ‘who the hell is this guy?’ Then I found out he was Eric in Eric & Ernie, and I have my faith restored! That drama was incredible and he was simply fantastic, to quote the Ninth Doc.

  8. avatar Jon Roberts says:

    He was brilliant as Eric Morecombe but I would still have reservations over his age, another young Doctor I’m not sure

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