31 March 2004


...Just for a laugh, though (and at the risk of sounding like Private Eye's Glenda Slagg), here are the actors I'd have wanted to cast as the Doctor if I were In Charge Of Everything. This probably shows you why Russell Davies is a highly respected TV dramatist, and I'm not.

  • Paterson Joseph: The Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere was practically an audition for the part.
  • Art Malik: he's not as young as he used to be, but he could play the Doctor in Mad Professor mode with impressive gravitas.
  • Jack Davenport: he usually plays Everyman figures, but his turn as an obsessive upper-class gay in The Talented Mr Ripley showed a much greater range.
  • Helena Bonham-Carter: quirky, intelligent, vulnerable. Put her in a velvet frock-coat and she'd be fantastic.

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