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Brian Blessed Could Have Been the Doctor

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Brian Blessed has revealed that he was approached to play the Doctor in the 60s.

The Radio Times claims that the veteran actor would have taken over from William Hartnell if he had accepted the role.

Blessed told the site: “After I was in Z Cars, the head of BBC serials took me aside and said, ‘We’re thinking of having a young Doctor Who and we’d like to cast you’. But it clashed with other things.

Asked what his reaction would be now, he said: ” I’d jump at it.”

Brian went on to take a guest role in the show anyway in 1986’s Mindwarp, playing the character of King Yrcanos (pictured).

Blessed also had a suggestion for the next Doctor: “I think they need to re-examine his surname – “Who” is very oriental. It’s about time they had an Asian actor as the Doctor. And a female one.”

Step back in time...

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HeyProfessor
HeyProfessor

"YOU CANT (insert swear word)ING CHANGE WHAT I (insert swear word)ING LOOK LIKE WITHOUT (insert swear word)ING CONSULTING ME! YOU NOBLE (inset swear word)S!


Brian Blessed for the 13th (insert swear word)ing Doctor!

Polyphase
Polyphase

  “I think they need to re-examine his surname – “Who” is very oriental. It’s about time they had an Asian actor as the Doctor. And a female one.”

Oh, He is a funny man. I personally think he would have been a great Doctor. Afterall he is a Cosmonaut, accomplished mountain climber and also the oldest man to trek to the north pole. While on the way he even punched a polar bear “straight in its f*****g face.”

simon delafield
simon delafield

In 18 days we have a new Doctor - that's all I care about. Lets leave the debates about who the next Doctor should be until there's a vacancy - which I hope won't be for at least three or four years!

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

On the female Doctor question, let's compromise. A male Doctor, but in drag...

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I've never heard of him and Patrick Troughton is my favourite Classic Who Doctor so, it was all for the best I think. Had Troughton not been the Doctor I wonder to whom would Matt Smith have turned for inspiration. Tom Baker probably, he's the closest in terms of eccentricity to No2.

NumberNine
NumberNine

But his last name isn't... Oh never mind. I give up.

Oodkind
Oodkind

Who, his surname, sounds "oriental?" That's a... strange opinion. I wouldn't mind an Asian Doctor, though I would prefer him to stay seeming British. I think it would be cool if he were black, along the lines of Mickey, Martha or Danny, who are still British. I'm fairly sure that the audience would have no qualm with that, as I've heard the UK is very open-minded to such things, and I can speak for the western USA to say we wouldn't care. Same thing with Asian: if he was all Chinese accent and eating shark fin soup like all the Asians in the classic series, I don't think I would like that. But if he still seemed British, I would be totally fine. What matters is Content of character, not color of skin.

On the other hand, I don't know what I would think about a female Doctor. I think it could be pulled off well, but it could also go very, very badly. If she was portrayed like late River (as in Series 4) without the flirting, just a mysterious, professional woman, it would work well. But then she could be portrayed as a flirty girl, like the other side of River, Tasha Lem, (early) Amy, Clara, and pretty much every girl Moffat has ever written, and I think it would flop. But, regardless of how it's pulled off, I think I would prefer the Doctor to stay male. I prefer the idea that they can't change gender. There are females, like Romana and the Rani, and males, like The Doctor and the Master. I didn't like the Corsair comment much, but you could always pass it off as technological intervention.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

To be perfectly honest, I think we're more likely to see a non-Caucasian Doctor than a female one in the near term.

Why? Because we now have two generations of immigrant Britons who have successfully assimilated into the mainstream population. This means two things:

1. Casual and mainstream viewers have acclimatized enough to accept the idea of a non-white as the Doctor

2.  There *should* be enough non-white faces in the acting talent pool that one could have the qualities of "young-and-old-at-same-time" that's endemic to the role of the Doctor.

Benjamin Bradley
Benjamin Bradley

I've got a proposal. Hopefully it will appease both sides of the argument. Have a doctor light episode where the Doctor has a gender swap (I'm putting this bluntly but there are probably better ways of doing this) and that way we get an episode where a guest actress is brought on and she gets to play the Doctor for an entire episode. The only way I can see this getting pulled off in a realistic, well thought out, respectable way is if Neil Gaiman were to write this episode.


Awqwapwnics
Awqwapwnics

BRIAN BLESSED AS THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR WOULD MEAN HE WOULD BE FINALLY GINGER, FLAUNT A MAGNIFICENT BEARD, BOOMING VOICE, AND RISE UP A GENERATION THAT COULD BE SEEN AS A VERITABLE LEGION OF HAMS! Or, y'know, he could just make a guest appearance as King Yrcanos again.

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

If they do cast a women as the 13th Doctor, I also hope there is a female showrunner. Because (yes, followers of the Moffat religion will crucify me for saying this) almost every female character Moffat has created has been identical, personality wise. Jenny is the only exception who springs to mind. A female showrunner wouldn't be plagued with patriarchal prejudices. I'd want a much more mysterious, slightly threatening and no-nonsense Doctor, I'm thinking of someone like Sofie Gråbøl from The Killing

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

I don't see the issue about having a female doctor. It's probably gonna be one of those things where once it happens people will be more accepting if it to happen again. Besides I feel doctor who could more diversity like that.


rde94
rde94

No, No and No.

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

Of all the actors in the world, I would love! for Brian to play the Doctor, or at very least make another appearence. Please let's not start the old female Doctor debate again, my brain can't take it.

MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier
MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier

Nah, that can't be an interview with Brian Blessed, is it was, it would be more like this:

"AFTER I WAS IN Z CARS *Rambles About Z Cars for several hours* THE (swear word)ING HEAD OF BBC SERIALS TOOK ME ASIDE AND SAID, *dramatic impression* ‘WE'RE THINKING OF HAVING A YOUNG DOCTOR WHO AND WE'D LIKE TO CAST YOU’. BUT IT CLASHED WITH OTHER THINGS!"

"OH!!! I'D (swear word)-ING JUMP AT IT!!!!! *random laugh*"

"I THINK THEY NEED TO RE-EXAMINE HIS SURNAME – *Dramatic Emphasis* “WHOOOO” IS VERY ORIENTAL *Long, loud, laugh*. IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY HAD AN ASIAN ACTOR AS THE DOCTOR. AND A FEMALE ONE." *Nods and grins excitedly*

Seriously though, my stance on this is the same as my stance when someone suggests Stephen Fry as the Doctor to me. He is just too much seen as himself. If he see him in anything, I almost always just see it as him, not the character he's playing. Like Mr Fry, I practically worship him, but the next Doctor? Perhaps not. 





MaraBackman
MaraBackman

It's more or less guaranteed that Brian Blessed would at the very least have been the loudest and hammiest Doctor we'd ever get, who'd never need any sonic-device beyond his voice. :P 

But seriously, Blessed could have been pretty good with the dramatic side as well, judging by his performance as Emperor Augustus in I, Claudius.

no_tweeter
no_tweeter

@The Outer Space K9 You've never heard of Brian Blessed?! What on earth? I mean I don't think he's right as the Doctor but... it's Brian Blessed, he's a living legend.


YaelMoise
YaelMoise

@The Outer Space K9 You've never heard of Brian Blessed???? You don't know what you're missing! He's one of the most naturally entertaining people on the planet. 

I still wouldn't have him instead of Troughton, or any of the others for that matter, but he really is someone you should look up. :)

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

@Seaborn W Deadman It's Brian Blessed, hun... you can't take him seriously. Things explode and angels weep (in a non-stony, non-trying to kill you sort of way) when people take him seriously. He's basically the soul of silliness.

simon delafield
simon delafield

@VictorWong1 Before they announced Capaldi, I had my fingers crossed for the wonderful Colin Salmon and still hope he may get the chance, especially now they have re-established the older Doctor (he's around the same age as Capaldi).

supermoff
supermoff

@Ottoman14 I'm sorry...Moffat religion? Are you kidding me? And all his female characters are the same personality wise? I'm sorry, do you even watch this show?

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Ottoman14 Seriously? You don't have to be a 'follower of the Moffat religion' (way to get people to reply to you with any respect, by the way) to point out just how wrong that 'statement' is. So, in your opinion, River Song and Nancy are the same? Madame Vastra and Madame Kovarian? Amy and Clara?

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Sorry, not British and even though I do watch a lot of British shows I've never seen him yet. But I will check him out when I've got some spare time.

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Ottoman14 Ever heard of something called a joke? Yes, I think RS, Madame Vastra, Kovarian, Amy & Clara all have very similar personality traits. As for Nancy, I totally forgot about her, but you're right she is a well written female character

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

It should happen at the right time and I don't think this is now. Should there be a real need for change at some point in the show's next 50 years, it will be done. Just don't do it out of political correctness.