Bookies' favourite for Doctor Who has never watched an episode

Bookies' favourite for Doctor Who has never watched an episode
Matt Smith, who currently plays The Doctor, is due to leave the show.

Actor Rory Kinnear, hotly tipped to be the new lead in Doctor Who, has said he has never seen a single edition of the show – and does not expect to be asked to fill the role.

Bookies have suspended betting on the 35-year-old succeeding Matt Smith as the Doctor later this year after a rumour that he was in line for the job.

But in an interview with the Independent, Kinnear said he has not been approached and has little interest in making a long-term commitment to a part.

The Shakespearean actor, currently starring in Count Arthur Strong on BBC2, said of suggestions that he was being approached to join the show: “I haven’t been, and I’m totally certain that I will not be, asked to be the next Doctor Who.

“If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who then this would be torturous, but it’s a programme I’ve never watched, so I don’t even really know what it is.”

He added: “I don’t know where it came from and how these things evolve.”

The star, the son of comic actor Roy Kinnear, added: “I really enjoy acting. So the idea of doing the same part over a number of years is not something I’ve longed for.”

Last month Ben Whishaw – who played boffin Q in James Bond film Skyfall – ruled himself out of the running to play the Doctor, saying it would be “wrong” to take the role.

“It’s not going to be me. But I don’t mind – I don’t think you can be Q and Doctor Who. It would be a bit wrong,” he said.

Smith’s replacement in the hit BBC1 sci-fi series is expected to be announced in coming months, with the 30-year-old, who has played the role for three series, tipped to bow out after the Christmas special in December.

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