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‘Doctor Who’ Casting: Bill Nighy Turned Down 12th Doctor Role?

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Following news that actor Peter Capaldi would go on to become the next 'Doctor Who' after Matt Smith's exit later this year, reports emerged that actor Chiwetel Ejiofor had previously turned down the role of the 11th Doctor, denying the franchise its first major casting shakeup for the role. And while producers insisted that Capaldi was the primary choice to replace Smith this time around, UK actor Bill Nighy has come forward to admit he turned down the iconic part.

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‘Doctor Who’ Casting: Did Chiwetel Ejiofor Turn Down the Role?

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This past weekend saw the surprisingly unsurprising announcement that 'Doctor Who' would regenerate 55 year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next Time Lord, replacing current star Matt Smith at the end of 2013. Shortly thereafter, comments from author Neil Gaiman suggested that a black actor had already rejected the titular 'Doctor Who' role, in spite of speculation that producers might have chosen a different race or gender than Capaldi. So, was Chiwetel Ejiofor almost our first black 'Doctor Who?'

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‘Doctor Who’ Casting: Which Black Actor Almost Scored the Role?

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BBC

Following Sunday's big announcement that Peter Capaldi would take the iconic 'Doctor Who' role from current incarnation Matt Smith, we learned from showrunner Steven Moffat himself that the timing wasn't believed right to shake up the franchise with a female incarnation of the Doctor, but what about an actor of another race? According to one insider, 'Doctor Who' apparently already offered the part to a black actor, who then turned it down!

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‘Doctor Who’ Boss Steven Moffat Explains Choosing Peter Capaldi Over A Female Doctor

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BBC

Yesterday news broke that 'Doctor Who' had chosen 55 year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi to take the iconic Time Lord role from current star Matt Smith, putting to bed any notions that the long-running BBC series would shake things up by choosing a female star, or even a male of a different race. While 'Doctor Who' fans prepare for the changeover at Christmas 2013, showrunner Steven Moffat offers his own explanation for the choice not to introduce a female 'Doctor Who.'

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‘Doctor Who’: Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor!

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The moment 'Doctor Who' fans learned that Matt Smith would leave behind the iconic role at the end of 2013, the race began to see who would pick up the Sonic Screwdriver. That race finally came to a finish today, as actor Peter Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor! Capaldi had been considered a lock for the past few weeks, but what do we think about the new announcement?

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‘Doctor Who’ Recast: 12th Doctor Revealed This Sunday?

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Ever since Matt Smith announced his retirement from 'Doctor Who' at the end of the year, fans of the longrunning BBC sci-fi series have patiently awaited news of his replacement, especially given swirling rumors about unconventional casting choices. That day may have finally come, as reports emerge that the 12th 'Doctor Who' will be announced with a live special this coming weekend!

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‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special: Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor to Return?

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BBC

For as much as we enjoyed the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special trailer from Comic-Con 2013 (seriously, why isn't it online yet?), fans of the long-running series were no doubt disappointed that the series had only tapped one past Doctor in David Tennant, rather than the others rumored. There may yet be a bit of life to the rumors, however, as Paul McGann may reprise his role as the eighth Doctor!

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‘Doctor Who’ Season 8 Matt Smith Recasting: Read the 12th Doctor’s Audition Scripts!

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BBC

For as exciting as 'Doctor Who''s recent Comic-Con 2013 panel proved, with its exclusive release of the upcoming 50th anniversary trailer, we couldn't help but feel a bit let down by the lack of any news on Matt Smith's inevitable replacement. And while casting for the twelfth Doctor remains ongoing, how would you like to read the audition scripts each potential Doctor reads in casting?

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Comic-Con 2013: ‘Doctor Who’ Panel

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BBC

Matt Smith may leave ‘Doctor Who’ behind by the end of the year, but judging by the mammoth excitement from the panel at Comic-Con 2013, the future of the series remains well intact. Steven Moffat brought along Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Marcus Wilson, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley to preview the major ‘Doctor Who’ milestones of the coming year, so what did we learn amid all the excitement from fans in attendance?

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‘Doctor Who’: Matt Smith Successor Schedule Announced, Plus 50th Anniversary Preview!

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BBC

For weeks, months even, 'Doctor Who' fans have waited on bated breath for news of Matt Smith's inevitable replacement, around which rumors of both actors and announcement dates have repeatedly swirled. Now, series showrunner Steven Moffat has announced his plans for the big reveal, and previewed the upcoming 50th Anniversary special as well!

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