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.