Ben Daniels has admitted that he was indeed on a shortlist of candidates to play the Twelfth Doctor. In a recent interview he is both amazingly candid and informative–especially for those of us who wonder what goes on behind Doctor Who‘s scenes!
One revelation is that, although Daniels was in the mix of names, it may have been Peter Capaldi’s sonic screwdriver to lose all along:
“…But I also knew from the outset that there was a name ahead of my own on that list that they were very interested in. So after that initial conversation that I had with them, it was just a waiting game.”
Like David Tennant, and now Peter Capaldi, Daniels is a long-time fan and can’t help sounding disappointed that he wasn’t chosen.
“So I was asked (to be in the mix of names), and when I eventually managed to peel myself off the ceiling, I said, ‘Yeah, of course it’d be something I’d be interested in doing,’ and I was hugely excited by it…I was a huge fan of the show as a kid, like we all were really. My era was Jon Pertwee into Tom Baker and then also when it returned, penned thrillingly by the amazing Russell T Davies with Christopher Eccleston. To be thrown into that mix as a possibility was fantastic.”
And that possibility of Daniels being chosen as new Doctor would seem to make perfect sense. He is a charismatic actor (with piercing blue eyes) who has had roles on internationally popular shows such as Law & Order: UK, Merlin, and House of Cards. Reading the article, one can’t help but feel a little bad for him…and wonder what might have been:
“I knew from the outset, from that initial conversation, that they wanted to cast someone older and I just think it’s so great to shake it up. The Who fans are just so incredibly passionate about that show, which I absolutely love. They’re really vocal. The debates they all have about who it should be and why it should be… but I think Peter Capaldi will just be fantastic.”
And although Ben Daniels lost out on becoming Twelve, maybe Thirteen will be his lucky number…?
(Via Digital Spy)