Doctor Who: Rory Kinnear and the 12th Doctor rumours

News Simon Brew
10 Jun 2013 - 11:00

Has Rory Kinnear been cast as Matt Smith's replacement in Doctor Who? Probably not, we'd argue...

Hmmm. We've shared our thoughts before with regards who will be replacing Matt Smith in Doctor Who, and we've read nothing since that's changed our thinking.

That said, there does now appear to be a growing consensus amongst posh areas of the press that Rory Kinnear is the BBC's choice for the role. Kinnear, who's appeared in the likes of Skyfall and Black Mirror, is apparently such the hot favourite for the role that Ladbrokes has suspended taking bets on him.

There's something eerily familiar about all of this, though. Remember in the build up to the casting of Matt Smith? Up until about 12 minutes before Smith's name was announced, it was Paterson Joseph who was the definite choice. In fact, back in 2008, Ladbrokes also suspended taking bets on David Walliams being David Tennant's replacement. Bookies suspending bets is a far sight removed from concrete facts.

That said, The Telegraph seems insistent that Kinnear - a fine actor, incidentally - is the man. According to its site, Rory Kinnear has been offered the role, and accepted it. So certain was this that the BBC, we were told by the internet, was set to make an announcement over the weekend to confirm all of this. The BBC didn't, of course, and a friend of Kinnear's family on Twitter described the rumour as "100% bollocks".

Our suggestion? Hold fire. We've been down this road many times before, and we'll be down it a few more still before the identity of the next Doctor is announced. There's still time for Statham...

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