If you've ever wondered what it takes to be cast as the Doctor, then you're in luck – returning showrunner Russell T Davies has opened up about the audition process for Doctor Who and the "special audition speech" that secured Ncuti Gatwa the role.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other press on the BAFTA Television Awards red carpet, the showrunner said: "I wrote a special audition speech. It was an eight-page scene, a big scene, you had to learn it and come in.
"Top, proper audition, not just standing there and giving Shakespeare. Really hard work. Me and Phil Collinson, the producer, were there. It was taped and it gets passed on. It's tough, properly tough. And we do many versions of it, we do it lighter, funnier, harder."
Doctor Who fans were sent into a frenzy after Gatwa's casting news, with some speculating that Bridgerton's Nicola Coughlan could play his companion while others were wondering what other big surprises Davies has up his sleeve for the 2023 episodes.
Davies, who was Doctor Who's showrunner between 2005 and 2010, also confirmed that he planted Doctor Who red herrings and that a different actor was almost cast as the Doctor before Ncuti Gatwa auditioned.
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