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.
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.
So, he’s not a “big time” actor but it is likely Brits may remember his face from the British Telecom “Flat 6” ads.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0TeLRPnhSw
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.
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.
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.
Oh God. Watching an impossibly posh woman, who has stopped on her bike specifically to do this, harass a Big Issue vendor. Quotes to follow.
— Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) June 1, 2013
“If you smile more you’ll sell more my dear!” She’s still talking. “My friend owns a gift shop and always says ‘hello’ to her customers.” — Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) June 1, 2013
Fuck me. “My friend owns a gift shop.” To a homeless person. — Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) June 1, 2013
Looking for porn website on which sex is a culmination of a relationship developed over time. Loving, mutual respect etc. Thanks for help.
— Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) January 9, 2013
This guy, in his 50’s, just said, “We didn’t have cabs in our day.” The first cabs were licensed in 1662. He’s either an idiot or a vampire.
— Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) December 14, 2012
In the middle of opening night on Broadway. Does anyone know where I can get some Bovril in New York? — Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) April 19, 2012
A succulent steak isn’t a hundredth as appetising as a sachet of silica gel with “Do Not Eat” written on it.
— Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) June 8, 2012
Given the seductive effects of putting “Do Not Eat” on a sachet, I might start wearing a t-shirt with “Do Not Have Sex With” on it.
— Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) June 8, 2012
I once had a crisp-hangover that lasted two days after a whole tube of sour cream and chive Pringles.
— Daniel Rigby (@danielrigby) March 14, 2012
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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