How the director of Drive was turned down by Doctor Who
Nicolas Winding Refn might have directed one of the most acclaimed films of 2011. But he still couldn't get a job directing Doctor Who...
Much of the chatter surrounding the movie Drive this week has been its sadly predictable snubbing in the Oscar nominations. Whilst lesser films are getting their day out in posh clothes, a film that’s topped many, many people’s best of 2011 lists (including ours) has been all but ignored.
No matter: you suspect Drive will live on a lot longer than Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. But in the midst of the furore this week, a new interview with Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn has appeared. And in it, he’s got a rather surprising Doctor Who fact.
Chatting to Shortlist magazine, the director revealed that “I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn’t want me — they turned me down last year. Maybe if they revive Blake’s 7 I could do that. I love it. It’s great. That could be fun to update.”
Might we have had Ryan Gosling as the Doctor crushing the head of a Dalek? It’s another one of those things that was clearly never meant to be.
The interview is here.