Brian Blessed turned down Doctor Who lead

News Simon Brew
5 Aug 2014 - 10:57
Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed was approached to take on the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who, the quiet actor has revealed...

Oh, how history could have been so very different. Brian Blessed popped up in Doctor Who once upon a time, in the Colin Baker adventure Mindwarp (which in turn was part of The Trial Of A Time Lord). But in a new interview with the Radio Times, he's revealed he was once upon a time offered the role of the Doctor - but he had to turn it down.

Blessed said that he declined the chance to take on the role of the Time Lord in the mid-1960s, which hints that he was in line to take over from William Hartnell, rather than Patrick Troughton. He said that "after I was in Z Cars, the head of BBC serials took me aside and said, 'we’re thinking of having a young Doctor Who and we’d like to cast you’. But it clashed with other things".

Admitting that he'd jump at the time to take on the role now, 77-year old Blessed would, of course, go on to find solace in other sci-fi work.

Still, this is all a grand excuse to post a video of Blessed's legendary hosting duties on Have I Got News For You too. You'd be ashamed of us if we resisted (contains a swear, by the way)...


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