Doctor Who: did Chiwetel Ejiofor turn down the Eleventh Doctor role?
The latest Doctor Who casting rumour (yes, they're still going) involves the Eleventh Doctor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Neil Gaiman...
You'd think the Doctor Who casting speculation rumours would have died down now that, well, they've cast the Twelfth Doctor. Apparently not.
Neil Gaiman stirred up further whispers on his online journal this week in a post-Capaldi entry in which he announced "Would I like a person of colour as the Doctor? Absolutely. I have no doubt there will be. I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor, and who turned it down."
Gaiman's words set minds racing through potential candidates, from long-time fan favourite Paterson Joseph, to David Harewood, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor and more. The author and screenwriter clarified later that he wasn't referring to the role of the Twelfth Doctor, ""Do you think I have anything to do with casting Peter Capaldi, or with who gets the part or what happens in Doctor Who? I don't. I have no secret insider knowledge. I am not part of a mysterious casting cabal. I'm an author on a book tour. No, [the black actor] didn't turn down the role of the Twelfth Doctor. There have been many Doctors cast over the years."
Presuming it was Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor role in question (and there's no saying that's the case), The Mirror has decided - according to "several sources" - that The Shadow Line and Dancing On The Edge's Chiwetel Ejiofor was said actor, though the BBC responded that it was all "pure speculation".
Here was Eijiofor commenting on his name being attached to the Twelfth Doctor role on The Andrew Marr Show in June this year:
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