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PostSubject: Bill Nighy could have been the Doctor!   Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:03 pm

http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/421637/Bill-Nighy-turned-down-the-role-of-Doctor-Who#.Ugl2cfWYqTM.facebook
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PostSubject: Re: Bill Nighy could have been the Doctor!   Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:33 am

Actually, that's a bit of old news. Read about a year or so ago, as I recall, if not longer than that.
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PostSubject: Re: Bill Nighy could have been the Doctor!   Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:34 am

Yeah, I recall hearing about that when Vincent and the Doctor aired.
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PostSubject: Re: Bill Nighy could have been the Doctor!   Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:29 am

Okay, I wondered from the way he was talking if it was a while back. I stumbled upon it yesterday. Any idea when it was offered to him?
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PostSubject: Re: Bill Nighy could have been the Doctor!   Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:11 pm

I think he was in the running for Ten or Eleven...I want to say Ten, because they make it sound like Matt just knocked it clear out of the park that they didn't even bother with anyone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Bill Nighy could have been the Doctor!   Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:34 pm

Nighy said he wouldn't reveal when he was asked, as he felt it could bring unfair comparisons with the man who eventually got the job (i.e. Mr. Xxxxx wasn't their first choice).

I suspect he was actually up for the part of the Ninth Doctor. Remember, RTD was hoping to land a 'name', presumably to help the show get off to a strong start in the ratings and aid in international sales before they eventually went with Eccleston (who was also considered a 'name'). Also, before Eccleston was announced, Nighy was highly-touted as a favourite in the press and amongst fans.
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