Doctor Who: Bill Nighy turned down Doctor role
Bill Nighy didn't want to be the Doctor despite being approached about the role, he tells the Daily Express...
One of the acting business' unspoken rules, even more widely enforced than that "plenty of water and exercise" lie explaining how Hollywood's elite remain paragons of youth and physical beauty while the rest of us watch our faces slide inexorably to the floor like fried eggs from a greasy plate, is never to confess which roles you turned down. It's indecorous, self-important, and unfair to your colleagues.
Which is why of course, actors are always talking about it. They want to tell us, and boy, do we the viewing public want to hear. Imagining the might-have-been actor and role combos, the parallel worlds in which Michael Jackson starred in Labyrinth instead of Bowie, or Gillian Anderson played Lady Cora in Downton Abbey is a fun game. It's even more fun when it involves a show and an actor loved dearly by a great many people.
Promoting new Richard Curtis sci-fi comedy About Time, the wonderful Bill Nighy broke half of the rule in conversation with the Daily Express. He'll tell us that he was approached about playing the Doctor, and that he turned it down, but he won't tell us which iteration of the Doctor he could have been:
"I won't tell you when because the rule is that you are not allowed to say you turned that job down because it's disrespectful to whoever did it. I will say that I was approached. But I didn't want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to Doctor Who or anything, I just think that it comes with too much baggage."
So there we have it. A Bill Nighy-shaped Doctor? While we wouldn't swap the ones we've had for anything, it's certainly something to think about...
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