Tovey Could Have Been the Eleventh Doctor
Russell Tovey screen-tested for the role of the Eleventh Doctor, reports the Independent.
Tovey previously played Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned and had a cameo in The End of Time. Russell T Davies had suggested him as a replacement for David Tennant.
He said: “Russell texted me to say, ‘Look, I’ve said this quote about how you should be the next Doctor Who, so if it goes a bit crazy …’ And I was, ‘Oh, that’s fine …’, and then suddenly it just went everywhere: people messaging me from my childhood and lots of remarks like, ‘His ears are too big for the TARDIS, they’ll be flapping about.’ People were starting to get really personal.”
However, Tovey admitted he was relieved the job went to Matt Smith in the end: “It would have terrified me. I don’t know what I would have done with all the attention.”