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article imageQ Who: Ben Whishaw says he can't be Q and Doctor Who

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Ben Whishaw has ruled himself out of the running in the hunt for Matt Smith's replacement in the BBC's iconic sci-fi-series.
Whishaw is one of a number of high-profile actors to have been associated with the part since it was announced at the beginning of June that Matt Smith was stepping down as the Eleventh Doctor at the end of 2013, Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year.
The 32-year-old became an early favourite with bookmakers to succeed Smith, leading to William Hill cutting his odds from 12/1 to 8/1. Rupert Adams, a spokesperson for the company, told Entertainmentwise, "Ben Whishaw has been well backed with the majority of bets placed by female fans. It remains to be seen if it is in hope rather vain."
Q but not Who
However, doctorwhotv reports that Whishaw, speaking to the Daily Mail, has played down the notion of his becoming the Twelfth Doctor, saying, "It's not going to be me." That said, the Bond star adds, "But I don't mind [it's just that] I don't think you can be Q and Doctor Who. It would be a bit wrong."
In November 2011, it was revealed that Whishaw had been cast as Q in the James Bond films, making him the youngest-ever actor to take on that role. He is also 12 years younger that the current 007, Daniel Craig. Whishaw's first Bond movie, Skyfall, was released in 2012.
As well as in film, Whishaw is a well-established TV and stage actor.
Television work has included the first series of Peter Moffat’s acclaimed BBC drama Criminal Justice (2008) and Abi Morgan’s The Hour (2011–12), and The Hollow Crown: Richard II – as Richard II, for which he won the BAFTA Best Actor Award.
His stage work includes playing Hamlet in 2004 and appearances in … some trace of her (2008) and Cock (2009).
His other film credits include Perfume (2001) – as Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, the perfumer and serial killer – with Craig in 2004’s Layer Cake, Stoned (2005) – as Keith Richards, of Rolling Stones fame – and Brideshead Revisited (2008) – as Sebastian Flyte.
Who's Who?
Other actors whose names have been associated with taking over the role include Dame Helen Mirren (The Audience), Rory Kinnear (also a current Bond star), Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs), "wild-card" Eric Lampaert and Homeland's David Harewood.
Meanwhile, according to Radio Times, the new Doctor won't be unveiled until August or September, when filming of this year's Christmas special is expected to commence.
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