The White Queen’s Aneurin Barnard: playing the Doctor would be “really good fun”

"It's an endless tale and what's interesting about Doctor Who is it can go in any direction at any point and every Doctor is taken very differently"


Aneurin Barnard is currently appearing on our screens every Sunday evening as Richard III in BBC’s lavish period drama The White Queen, but the Welsh actor is keen to swap his breaches for a spot of time-travelling in Doctor Who.


During a recent chat with, the 26-year-old – who is currently filming Sky1’s Moonfleet with Ray Winstone and Omid Djalili – said he would “absolutely” be interested in taking over from Matt Smith as the Twelfth Doctor.

“It’s one of those roles that has lived through time. That is not a pun, by the way. It does sound like one but it’s not. It’s an endless tale and what’s interesting about Doctor Who is it can go in any direction at any point and every Doctor is taken very differently.”

And it turns out Aneurin has logistics in his favour when it comes to filming the series which is shot at BBC’s studios in Cardiff. “I’m probably one of the only Welsh actors there is who hasn’t been in an episode of Doctor Who. It’s on the doorstep so to step into the phone box and take that role on, I think you’d have to consider it. It’s a great piece of storytelling and you can have a lot of fun with that.

“I’m a fan, too, and I do catch it when I can and I like all the old stuff. It’s good fun and I have so many friends who end up in it, I’m always catching one of their episodes. One of my good friends is Catrin Stewart [who plays Jenny Flint] and it seems like a very good, fun job to be involved in.”

Another of Barnard’s acquaintances is Karen Gillan (aka Amy Pond) who he starred with in 2012 TV film We’ll Take Manhattan. “Karen said she had a very, very good time doing it so it sounds like somthing that would be really good fun to do.”

The White Queen continues on Sundays at 9:00pm on BBC1


Aneurin also stars in Citadel and Trap for Cinderella – both released in UK cinemas next Friday 12 July