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article imageRory Kinnear approached by BBC to play new Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 9, 2013 in Entertainment
Rory Kinnear has been offered the coveted part of the Twelfth Doctor in the BBC's 50-year-old science-fiction drama series, it has been claimed.
Early last week Radio Times claimed that an announcement concerning the casting of the new Doctor would be made soon. Then, on Friday, the BBC tried to quash rumours that they'd already chosen their man or woman.
However, the Sunday Telegraph claims today that "the role of the 12th Time Lord has been offered to Rory Kinnear". "He has been offered the part and [the BBC] are waiting to hear if he will accept," Mandrake asserts in the British broadsheet newspaper.
Kinnear is well known for his recurring role in the recent Daniel Craig James Bond movies, playing an MI6 officer, Bill Tanner. He first appeared as Tanner in Craig's second 007, Quantum of Solace, and returned in Skyfall.
Only last month, and before the BBC announced that Smith was to leave Doctor Who, Kinnear himself denied that he was being lined up to play the Doctor, saying he'd never even watched the show, and that, “I think I’m being used as a decoy on that front ... It’s the first I’ve heard!”
Kinnear, 35, is the son of the late well-respected actor Roy Kinnear. His mother, Carmel Cryan, played Brenda Boyle in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders. As well as his recent Bond excursions, Kinnear has played Lady Thatcher's husband, Sir Denis Thatcher – in The Long Walk to Finchley (2008), a BBC drama about the early years of the former British prime minister's political career. Another drama, Channel 4's Black Mirror mini-series, saw Kinnear play the fictitious UK Prime Minister, Michael Callow, in The National Anthem, by Charlie Brooker, in which viewers saw him forced to have sex with a pig "live on TV" as part of a deranged ransom demand involving a member of the British royal family!
The names of a great number of people have emerged over the past week, since it was announced that Matt Smith would be relinquishing his role of the Eleventh Doctor at the end of 2013. Some of them obvious – Hugh Laurie (House), Helen Mirren (The Queen) (both who have been linked to the role in the past, but probably wouldn't be offered it) – others less so – Damien Moloney (Being Human), Zawe Ashton (Case Studies) – while some appear just plain ridiculous Iain Duncan Smith (the Tory politician currently weilding cuts to the benefits of some of the most vulnerable people in the UK) and the late Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, who is currently being treated after an attempted suicide.
To be Who, or not to be Who
Of the more serious suggestions, included among them is another Bond actor, Ben Whishaw, who made his debut as Q in Skyfall. Then there are two actors who have already had parts in Doctor Who – Harry Lloyd (Human Nature), Russell Tovey (Voyage of the Damned) – both who were suggested as possible future actors when Russell T Davies was Doctor Who's showrunner.
However, the favourites to have emerged with bookies throughout the week have been Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and Chris Addison (The Thick of It); with the likes of Moloney, Alexander Vlahos (Merlin) and Sherlock's Moriarty actor, Andrew Scott, following close behind.
As well as his extensive television and film roles, Kinnear is also renowned for his work both with Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. As a little point of information, another 007 connection is that Kinnear's godfather was Michael Williams, the late husband of the actor Dame Judi Dench, who has played M in the Bond movies since 1995.
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