Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and actor Hugh Grant have teamed up for new period drama A Very English Scandal, marking the first time that they’ve collaborated on screen – but if things had gone differently, they could have worked together over 13 years ago.
Screenwriter Davies has confirmed an old story that Grant was originally in line to star in 2005’s Doctor Who revival, with the Four Weddings and a Funeral star rumoured as an early choice for the Time Lord before the role eventually went to Christopher Eccleston instead.
“I have always wanted to work with Hugh Grant. Always,” Davies said according to the i.
“I literally offered him Doctor Who in 2004. I told him that and he was like, ‘Really?!’ He knew nothing about that. I love him. I think he’s one of Britain’s finest actors.”