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Alan Cumming Could Have Been ‘Doctor Who’. Twice.

For any British actor, it’s hard to think of a bigger TV role than that of the Doctor, the time traveling alien from Doctor Who that can change faces as easily as other people change jackets. Every couple of years, the speculation begins agains as to who will take up the console in the TARDIS and take off again for more adventures in time and space, and we’re seeing that process play out again now with expectant departure of Peter Capaldi in this year’s Christmas special. There is one name we can safely eliminate from the list though. He’s turned down the job twice already.

In an interview with the Irish publication Listowel Writers’ Week, noted stage and screen actor Alan Cumming revealed that he had previously discussed with production staff on the show about playing the role of the Doctor, but he ended up politely declining the opportunity. Now you might be thinking that Cumming was concerned about passing up lucrative stage and film work in order to be tied to a TV series for most of the year, but he’s just come off several years of being a series regular on The Good Wife. So why? Why would a good Scottish boy, much like Capaldi, not like to play the Doctor?

In a word: Cardiff. Cumming was not going to live in Wales eight months a year as he told Listowel Writer’s Week. Cumming described how he heard from “that lovely Welshman”, presumably referring to Russell T. Davies who’s from Swansea, about potentially playing the Doctor, which Cumming was interested in as he had a convenient flat in London he could use, but then he learned he’d have to relocate to Wales… “And I think that might have been what blew it,” he said. “Nothing against Cardiff, but…”

Cumming revealed further that he had met Who writer Mark Gatiss, who asked the actor again if he’d be interested in playing the Doctor. “He had heard of this [previous discussion], and he said, ‘Would you like to be Doctor Who now?’” Cumming recalled. “I said, ‘Fine, I’d love to, but they [previously] told me I’d have to go to Cardiff for eight months of the year’ and he said, ‘Oh no, you’d still have to do that.’”

“I’d do anything for Doctor Who, but I won’t do that,” Cumming added. Sounds like a Meatloaf song.

As for the real Doctor derby, look for the new Doctor Who to be named sometime later this summer as filming begins for the year end Christmas special and the passing of the torch. In the meantime, the last handful of episodes of season 10 of Doctor Who airs Saturdays on the BBC, BBC America, and Space.

Source: ScreenRant

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