When Doctor Who returned to our TV screens back in 2005, the world was introduced to the Ninth Doctor in the form of Christopher Eccleston. Before Eccleston was cast, however, former showrunner Russell T Davies had offered the role to bumbling romantic actor Hugh Grant.
Davies confirmed the long-standing rumor that he had handed the role of the Time Lord to Grant back in 2004 for the Doctor Who series revival. Yet it looks like either the Four Weddings and a Funeral star never got the memo, or he literally forgot about it.
In a recent interview with the BBC for A Very English Scandal, Davies and Grant’s first onscreen collaboration, Davies confirmed he had indeed offered Doctor Who to Grant.
“I have always wanted to work with Hugh Grant. Always,” Davies said. “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. I am quite serious about that.”
We’ll vote for Grant having been hit with a severe case of amnesia (to be fair, that was over 10 years ago) because back in 2007, the actor said: “I was offered the role of the Doctor a few years back and was highly flattered. It’s only when you see it on screen that you think, ‘Damn, that was good, why did I say no?’”
Although we never got the chance to see what Grant would have brought to the TARDIS as the Ninth Doctor, Grant did portray one of the Doctor’s incarnations in 1999’s The Curse of Fatal Death alongside Rowan Atkinson, Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent and… Joanna Lumley.
The nearly 22-minutes-long Red Nose Day spoof penned by Steven Moffat also starred Julia Sawalha as the Doctor’s companion, Emma, and Jonathan Pryce as The Master. Do you think Hugh Grant would have made for a perfect Ninth Doctor?
(via Radio Times)