The British actor responded to the rumors addressed by the DailyMirror as to his possible role as the 14th Doctor in the iconic BBC series, Doctor Who.
In 2023, showrunner Russell T. Davies will take over the reins of the series Doctor Who (the latter having in turn regenerated in 2005), taking over from Chris Chibnall. He will thus have the difficult task of writing the episode of the sixtieth anniversary of the series with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker having finished playing the strange Time Lord. It didn’t take long for the question of casting the next iteration of the owner of the TARDIS to arise (like a sense of deja vu with James Bond after the departure of Daniel Craig).
On March 19, 2022, the British daily The Daily Mirror titled that the famous comedian Hugh Grant would be in the running to become the 14th Doctor in the iconic British series of the BBC. A revelation which follows many other rumors, and which would suggest that the series would get closer to the Marvel universe (we are never short of surprises).
Nothing against Dr. W but I’m not. No idea where the story came from. https://t.co/g1PG4VsqYN
—Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) March 21, 2022
The actor, however, was quick to deny this rumor presented as a revelation on his Twitter account:
“I have nothing against Doctor Who, but I’m not. I have no idea where this story came from.”
The scenario was not so far-fetched, however, given that the 61-year-old actor is English, but thathe also participated in 1999 in a parody episode (canon of the series), where he played an alternative iteration of the 12th Doctor. He had also been approached for the return of the series in the 2000s, without following up on the proposal of a certain Russel T. Davies at the time.
In the parody episode of Doctor Who from 1999 we also find a certain Rowan Atkinson
It’s hard to draw anything from his statement, though, as it wouldn’t be the first time an actor has denied participating in a production to surprise us (ask Andrew Garfield). Hugh Grant aside, young Olly Alexander has long been rumored as a potential 14th Doctorno doubt thanks to his breakout role as Ritchie Tozer, a queer actor rising to stardom in the turbulent 1980s, in the miniseries It’s A Sinwhose creator is precisely Russell T. Davies.
The actor then responded to this previous rumor by maintaining that he completely saw his co-star in the series, Omari Douglas, in the role of the new Doctor. The latter then, in turn, denied it. In short, the identity of the 14th Doctor is still unknown and impossible to know when it will finally be revealed to us for good.
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Doctor Who: Hugh Grant responds to rumors that he could become the 14th Doctor