Doctor Who’s Jacob Anderson previously auditioned to play Rory

The Game of Thrones star, who plays Vinder in series 13, has revealed that it wasn’t the first time he’s tried to join the Whoniverse.

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Longtime Doctor Who fan Jacob Anderson finally nabbed his dream role for the upcoming series 13 (aka Doctor Who: Flux) – but it wasn’t the first time the ex-Game of Thrones star made a bid to join the TARDIS team.


Rather, in a new interview he’s revealed that he first took a swing at the job back in 2009, when he auditioned to play a key part of Matt Smith’s ensemble.

“I did actually audition for Doctor Who a long time ago,” Anderson told Doctor Who Magazine. “I auditioned for Rory.

“I was definitely too young, and Arthur Darvill is amazing. I’ve worked with him since [on Broadchurch], and he’s a lovely man. So I’m glad that he did it.”

In the end, of course, the role of nurse-turned-centurion Rory went to Darvill, who appeared regularly from 2010-2012 alongside Smith and onscreen partner Gillan, before the “Ponds” departed in The Angels Take Manhattan.

In the pantheon of classic Doctor Who casting What-Ifs it’s an intriguing one – imagine if for all this time, we’d had Anderson paired with Gillan’s Amy Pond instead – but Anderson doesn’t seem too disappointed to have missed out back then. Or at least, finally landing his dream job has rubbed out those bad memories.

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Jacob Anderson as Vinder in Doctor Who (BBC)

“This is the one thing I always wanted to do,” he said.

“I used to think, ‘I’ll do anything, I’ll wear prosthetics, whatever… I just want to be part of Doctor Who!’ It has such an ingrained place in my brain, and in my history, for a multitude of reasons.”

Now, at last, it also has an ingrained place on his IMDB page. Dreams do come true, kids.

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