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Published on October 19th, 2013 | by Drew Boynton

Ben Daniels Confirms Doctor Who Approach

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)


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Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

4 Responses to Ben Daniels Confirms Doctor Who Approach

  1. avatar DonnaM says:

    So basically he was on the shortlist of fall-backs if the name ahead of his – Peter Capaldi, one assumes as it seems he’s the only actor they got as far as auditioning – said no. It’s not inconceivable that could have happened – Bill Nighy’s said he did, and according to Neil Gaiman at least one man he knows of passed up a previous opportunity.

    It sounds eminently sensible to me that the production team would have ideas for that scenario. And in fairness to them, they do appear to have made their position clear from the outset: there was a first choice, if that fell through, would Mr Daniels be interested?

    I can’t comment on how good a choice he’d have been because I don’t recall seeing him in anything particularly before (never watched any of the shows named, apart from Doctor Who I don’t bother with much drama!), but if Moffat and Co considered him worthy of notice, I’m going to guess he’d be more than acceptable. Very glad it’s Capaldi, though!

  2. avatar simon magellan says:

    When his name was in the papers I was keen on the idea – but will say I am even happier that we got Capaldi. Must say that he sounds remarkably magnanimous about the whole thing – which says a lot for him. Maybe one day he will get his chance again – if this interview is anything to go by, I would hope so.

  3. avatar TimeChaser says:

    It is interesting to hear that he was approached and was interested in taking on the role if Capaldi had turned it down. I remember people saying during the whole waiting process that they thought he’d never do it even if asked, because he’s a private person and being the Doctor is such a public role.

    • avatar simon magellan says:

      I was one of those! Just goes to show how wrong we can be…

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