Doctor Who: Ben Daniels on the 12th Doctor casting
Actor Ben Daniels has been chatting about the rumours linking him to the Twelfth Doctor role...
Flouting that unspoken rule about remaining, well, unspoken about the roles you came close to, Ben Daniels has spilled the beans on his experiences leading up Peter Capaldi being cast as the Twelfth Doctor.
Speaking to Digital Spy, The Paradise actor confirmed, "It was more than rumour. I was approached and asked if it was something I'd be interested in doing."
How did Daniels react to being thus approached? "...when I eventually managed to peel myself off the ceiling, I said, 'Yeah, of course it'd be something I'd be interested in doing,' and I was hugely excited by it. I was a huge fan of the show as a kid, like we all were really. My era was Jon Pertwee into Tom Baker and then also when it returned, penned thrillingly by the amazing Russell T Davies with Christopher Eccleston. To be thrown into that mix as a possibility was fantastic. But I also knew from the outset that there was a name ahead of my own on that list that they were very interested in. So after that initial conversation that I had with them, it was just a waiting game."
A waiting game that he wasn't to win, well, not this time around anyway, "...about two weeks before that live reveal event - I was told that their shortlist had got much shorter! But it didn't mean I wouldn't come back into the frame. So I took that to mean the deal was being done with whoever was the frontrunner and if it all fell through, then those of us who were trailing behind would be in with a chance. After that, all communications went into lock-down infuriatingly, but I suppose they have to, so nothing leaked. I found out about that BBC live reveal programme a couple of days before it [aired]."
Daniels goes on to magnanimously praise Peter Capaldi as the final choice, calling him "such an amazing actor" who "will be just fantastic". You'll have no arguments from us on that front, Mr Daniels, though it's good to know the incoming Doctor was amongst such esteemed company on the shortlist.
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