BBC asks James Bond star to be its new Doctor Who

via: Telegraph

Rory Kinnear, who appeared in ‘Skyfall’, has been offered the role of Doctor Who when Matt Smith bows out.

When Matt Smith announced last weekend that he would bow out as Doctor Who in the Christmas special, many fans hoped that the BBC would use the opportunity to replace him with a woman or a black actor.

They are, however, likely to be disappointed, as Mandrake can disclose that the role of the 12th Time Lord has been offered to Rory Kinnear.

“He has been offered the part and we are waiting to hear if he will accept,” says my man in the Tardis. “He is the perfect choice.”

The 35-year-old alumnus of St Paul’s School, George Osborne’s alma mater, is the son of Roy Kinnear, the celebrated actor.

He played the MI6 officer Bill Tanner in Skyfall and Quantum of Solace, the James Bond films, and won acclaim for his stage performances in productions of OthelloMary Stuart and Hamlet.

When he was asked about rumours linking him with the Doctor Who role in April, he admitted that he had never watched the programme. “I think I’m being used as a decoy on that front,” he said. “It’s the first I’ve heard.”

Kinnear was praised for his performance as Sir Denis Thatcher in The Long Walk to Finchley, a BBC drama about the early years of Baroness Thatcher’s career.

Before St Paul’s, Kinnear, who has a child with his girlfriend Pandora Colin, attended Tower House School in south-west London. Its alumni include the Hollywood stars Tom Hardy, who played Bane in The Dark Knight Returns, and Robert Pattinson, of the Twilight films. After passing his A-levels, he read English at Balliol College, Oxford, before attending drama school.

Kinnear’s father starred in The Three Musketeers opposite Oliver Reed and Michael York and was known for his appearances in such television programmes as The Dick Emery Show and Man About the House. It was during the filming of the second Musketeers sequel that he died in 1988.

His mother, Carmel Cryan, played Brenda Boyle in EastEnders, while his grandfather was the Scotland rugby player Roy Muir Kinnear. Michael Williams, the late husband of Dame Judi Dench, was his godfather.

Smith, 30, who has been the Time Lord since 2010, said it had been “an honour” to play the part. He was the youngest to win the role when he replaced David Tennant, who took over from Christopher Eccleston.

17 thoughts on “BBC asks James Bond star to be its new Doctor Who

  1. Amy Bailey
    June 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Considering that just months ago, they were saying that Matt Smith was staying, I really wish someday that they’d go very meta and throw out a complete red herring and PRETEND like they’re going to change the Doctor, then don’t.

  2. Johnny Hunter
    June 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    OH…like have thim start the regeneration process and everyone is on the edge of their seats and then it fails or something. HA, that would be awesome.

  3. Amy Bailey
    June 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM


  4. Aar Pawl
    June 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    They did that.

  5. Chris Pabon
    June 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Reverse regeneration back into David Tennant.

  6. Aar Pawl
    June 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    In fact, they’ve done regeneration fake outs twice so far with Tennant. The Next Doctor and The Stolen Earth.

  7. Aar Pawl
    June 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I’d actually prefer a totally surprise mid-episode regeneration.

  8. Amy Bailey
    June 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    But with media blitz? Talking about a replacement? (for the fake-outs?)

  9. Chris Pabon
    June 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Second choice is a female doc: Lara Pulver.

  10. Chris Pabon
    June 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Though Lucy Lawless as the Doc and O’Connor as the new companion would be a surprise.

  11. Johnny Hunter
    June 9, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Aar is right, I was thinking of the Next Doctor but that one I knew that he was not regenerating.

  12. Amy Bailey
    June 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Yeah, I’m reading the wiki to help my memory. I can’t remember the media stuff at the time. Clearly I should be re-watching my Doctor Who more often.

  13. Aar Pawl
    June 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Next Doctor had the media playing with us for sure, don’t recall as much between TSE and TJE as I was in a Dr. Who media blackout for that period.

  14. Amy Bailey
    June 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    I remember the media play for the Next Doctor, but there was back-and-forth speculation elsewhere that it wasn’t a new Doctor. For the Stolen Earth, I also don’t remember. Still reading…

  15. Amy Bailey
    June 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    O.k. I remember the suspense, and relief that there wasn’t a regeneration – and the two Doctors and of course Doctor/Donna. I only saw an outtake a few days ago where the full Time Lord Tennant passes a piece of the TARDIS to Human Tennant to grow his own TARDIS.

    Anyway, so there was a total media blackout for those two episodes (The Stolen Earth and The Journey’s End). Even for their titles until a few weeks before broadcast. That doesn’t seem to be happening here. 🙁

  16. Amy Richards
    June 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Casting call for Dr.: Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry or the cat from Red Dwarf ( sorry to the actor whose name escapes me).

  17. David Levenstam
    June 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Danny John-Jules played Cat in Red Dwarf.

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