Doctor Who: 12th Doctor rumour round-up

News Louisa Mellor
14 Jun 2013 - 08:00

Domhnall Gleeson, Dominic Cooper, Idris Elba and more have responded to their names being thrown into the 12th Doctor hat...

After the initial flurry of "Pick me, Nigel!" self-promotion and teasing from a few potential Twelfth Doctors (and er, a few with less potential), a handful of names has persisted.

There was Ben Daniels for a start, then Rory Kinnear, the latter announced as having been offered the role by last weekend's Telegraph. The Skyfall actor's agent, no doubt delighted with the publicity either way, has neglected to comment, unlike theatre director Fiona Laird who announced on Twitter last Sunday, "By the way, #doctorwho fans, I have it on the HIGHEST authority that Rory Kinnear's agent has not received one single call about it."

There was also a story narrowing the choice down to three fine actors: Domhnall Gleeson (ginger! It must be true!), Dominic Cooper, and Daniel Kaluuya. Two of the three have responded, with Gleeson (Black MirrorDreddHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) telling Ireland's RTÉ TEN "There’s nothing to [it]. I heard about it from my agent [who] sent me a website, laughing about the fact that people were saying that I was being talked about. I was like, ‘That’s lovely: my own agent is laughing at the idea!’. So, it’s not true and there’s nothing you can do about people just spouting a whole load of ***** on the internet!”

He's not wrong.

Earlier in the week, Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Captain America: The First AvengerSummer in February) told the Express he'd heard nothing about the role, adding "It's nice to be thought about though, wherever it came from". Cooper later admitted during an appearance on This Morning that he "would definitely consider" the role, "it would be very, very scary... But of course, it's an incredible show - you couldn't possibly not consider it".

Idris Elba's (LutherThe Wire) response when asked by the BBC's Newsbeat was less encouraging, joking "No I didn't think I'd be very good at Doctor Who man. I don't look good in a bow tie... And the clothes, ah man, I don't know."

In an Associated Press interview, Helen Mirren responded to the news that a bookie had her at 25/1 odds of being cast as the Twelfth Doctor with "Oh please, I would put much longer odds on it than that", before adding "I'm so sick of that man with his girl sidekick. I could name at least ten wonderful British actresses who would absolutely kill in that role"

Throughout, BBC spokespeople including Jenna-Louise Coleman and, according to Ed Stradling, Steven Moffat, have insisted that the search for the Twelfth Doctor has barely started.

Decoys, declines, and denials then, all of which leave us right back where we started...

Doctor Who TV / BBC Newsbeat / Mirror / Digital Spy / Metro

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