Published on February 12th, 2014 | by Philip Bates
Paterson Joseph’s Glad He’s Not The Doctor!
The actor, who’s starred in Peep Show and Death in Paradise, was rumoured to have auditioned for the part of the Eleventh Doctor, a role which – of course – went to the wonderful Matt Smith. He says:
“I was in South Africa at the time, and I think if I’d been in England I probably would have suffered some sort of trauma. But I’ll be very honest with you. I was overjoyed. Not that I thought I had been considered, because I hadn’t been – they hadn’t approached my agent at that point – but I was overjoyed. I thought, ‘How interesting that nobody says how ridiculous this is’.”
Nonetheless, Joseph came to the UK and did, in fact, audition! He was skeptical, however:
“I think I pretty much knew that I hadn’t got it, and weirdly wasn’t disappointed… I walk down the street and no one knows me, but if I were the Doctor, that would certainly be the case. Even in France where I live, it would still be the case.”
He did play a horrible contestant on The Weakest Link before cowering in fear when the Daleks invaded in The Parting of the Ways, but playing the Doctor takes fame to another level! He concluded:
“It’s an accolade. Years later, I’m still being asked that question and I’m not embarrassed by it. It tickles me pink because I didn’t even have to do the job and yet I got a bit of kudos!”
You can read the full interview over at The Independent.
(Via Blogtor Who.)