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Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Doctor Who

By on September 12, 2011

British thespian Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) admitted that he had no desire to become the next Doctor Who.

In an interview with TV host Jonathan Ross, Cumberbatch answered a number of questions in relation to rumors he was offered the role at one point, turned it down at another or might appear in a number of episodes at some future time.

Were you offered Doctor Who?” Ross asked directly at one point during the interview, which touched on a number of topics including Cumberbatch’s upcoming movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

No,” responded the Sherlock star without hesitation

Did you want to do it?” prompted Ross.


Would you like to do it?

Cumberbatch paused before answering “No,” for a third time and then burst into laughter.

You thought quite a long while about that,” observed Ross.

Well to be completely honest, the rumors started because David Tennant and I are friends,” explained Cumberbatch.  “David asked ‘Are you going to go for my old job?’ and I said ‘Hm, no I don’t think I am.‘”

Ross commented that former 10th Doctor David Tennant’s generosity to his fans was almost like a job in itself.  Referencing Doctor Who merchandising, Ross asked if Cumberbatch would like to see his likeness appear on a child’s flask.

To be honest I think that’s one of the reasons the Doctor who job is so hard,” answered Cumberbatch. “You’re on the flask. You’re on the school lunchbox. You have to sometimes go on the school bus as Doctor Who to do promotional tours. I quite like keeping my work on the set or in the theater and then go home and try to be myself.

Watch the full interview below.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is set for theatrical release on the 16th of September 2011 for audiences in the UK and Ireland, the 27th of October for those in Australia, December 9th for the USA, and February 2012 for countries in central Europe.

Meanwhile BBC’s Sherlock returns to screens in the UK early next year.


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