Before Christopher Eccleston signed on to become the Ninth Doctor as Doctor Who was getting ready to make its big TV comeback in 2005, a few other name British actors had been touted as becoming the next Time Lord. Among them is a very well-known British thespian who ultimately (and obviously) said NO to the role.
Back in 2003, the Sunday Times reported that actor Bill Nighy (Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean, Underworld) had been approached by Russell T Davies to star as the Doctor in the beloved U.K. sci-fi series. In 2004, the Daily Mail even reported that Nighy had won the role, but, as we all know, things didn't actually pan out that way.
Today Bill Nighy revealed that he was indeed offered the role of the Doctor and explained why he turned it down:
"I was offered the role once, I won't tell you when because the rule is that you're not allowed to say you turned that job down because it's disrespectful to whoever did it. I will say that I was approached.
"But I didn't want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to Doctor Who or anything. I just think that it comes with too much baggage."
Ultimately, Nighy went on to make an uncredited—but magnificent—appearance on Doctor Who in the season-five episode "Vincent and the Doctor" as bow-tie-wearing Van Gogh expert Dr. Black.
So what do you guys think about Bill Nighy's reasons for turning down Doctor Who? Do you believe he would have made a great Doctor?
(via Doctor Who TV)