We’re Hearing More Talk About Daniel Rigby Being The Next Doctor Who

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We’ve raised the possibility of Daniel Rigby being the next Doctor before. But now we’re hearing more and more about this. Actor-type people have been talking and gossiping among themselves and their talk has made it all the way to our ears.

Rigby is great young actor. A really truly brilliant actor, when given the right role. He won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Eric Morecambe in Eric And Ernie, beating out fellow nominees Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch. Steven Moffat can’t fail to have felt that one.

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The whole of Eric and Ernie is online for now, with Rigby first appearing after 26 minutes. Other people see his talent too. He was the lead in one episode of Black Mirror, The Waldo Moment.

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So, he’s not a “big time” actor but it is likely Brits may remember his face from the British Telecom “Flat 6″ ads.

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He’s no longer doing these though, choosing to terminate his contract with BT. Such an advertising deal would be incompatible with a high profile BBC role like The Doctor.

Rigby also has some Spooks and some Ideal episodes to his name as well as the series Lilies.

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But also some seriously strong theatre work, including Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream… and the One Man, Two Guvnors revival, including the initial London and Broadway cast.

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He’s basically just the sort of level of actor who you would expect to be chosen to play The Doctor. He’s relatively low profile in the British public’s mind, but a brilliant young talent with great stage experience and is, you know, funny.

Now, I was wrong last time. I was the first to mention Paterson Joseph, though in later interviews he says he came close. And I did manage to name Matt Smith, if only a few hours before announcement. But that was a proper, hard leak from a BBC production source to me. This is not that. This is just word being spread from actor to actor.

Oh also, if it is him, he’ll be the first Doctor to have a twitter feed history for people to go and pore over.

Ooh look, he’s being followed by Karen Gillan.

Rigby has some other gigs coming up, with BBC One’s Big School and Dave’s Police Squad-ish Undercover possible long-term employment possibilities. But maybe he’s only signed for one run of each, or two, or however much they can fit in before he’d be needed in the Tardis next Spring.

It flies in the face of what some solid sources said in the past, but today, I’m hooked on the new evidence that’s been presented. Right now, I’ve read the tea leaves and think Daniel Rigby could well be the next Doctor Who. In fact, I’ve just put £16 on at the bookies.

And hey, we’ve got a much bigger chance of being right than these people.

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