Rory Kinnear rules himself out of the running for lead Doctor Who role

The Skyfall actor says that he has never even watched an episode of the show


Another day, another denial from an actor about being the twelfth Doctor of Doctor Who; this time from the hotly-tipped Rory Kinnear, who has ruled himself out of the running to take over from Matt Smith as the Time Lord.


“I don’t know where it came from and how these things evolve,” said Kinnear of recent rumours that saw him become the bookies favourite to take over the role. He then went on to add that he had seen “not one” episode of the show.

“I haven’t been, and I am 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.”

Kinnear, who currently features in Count Arthur Strong, also discussed in an interview with The Independent about his role as MI6 officer Bill Tanner in the last two James Bond films.

“On the first day of filming Skyfall, there was me and Daniel [Craig] and you realise there’s a heap of people interested in what you’re doing, and it can affect the way you perform,” he explained. “Sometimes the higher the financial stakes, the greater the paralysis created.”


He added, possibly in reference to Doctor Who: “I’m not a snob… there’s room for entertainment that reaches a lot of people and can be really good, but you don’t just have to be one kind of actor.”