James Bond star Rory Kinnear has disappointed Doctor Who fans by dispelling rumours linking him to the lead role in the sci-fi TV show. A number of actors have been tipped to take over from Matt Smith as the TV Time Lord after he steps down at the end of the year (13), but Skyfall star Kinnear was by far the bookmakers' favourite.
Executives at U.K. firm Ladbrokes recently suspended bets on his appointment amid rumours he had been formally offered the job, but Kinnear has now spoken out to insist he is not going to be the next Doctor.
He tells Britain's The Independent, "I don't know where it (the story) came from and how these things evolve. I haven't been and I am totally certain that I will not be asked to be the next Doctor Who. If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who, then this would be torturous, but it's a programme I've never watched, so I don't even really know what it is...
"I really enjoy acting. So the idea of doing the same part over a number of years is not something I've longed for."
"My brother sent me a text saying, 'Congratulations, they've released odds on you being the new Doctor Who' - which we thought was very funny. It's all on Twitter, isn't it? I don't have Twitter. No-one's ever asked me about it. I assume they would have to ask me for it to be true." British actress Olivia Colman dismisses rumours she is in line to play the next Doctor Who after Matt Smith steps down as the TV Time Lord.
Doctor Who fans have been asked to contribute memorabilia to a major exhibition celebrating the sci-fi show's 50th year. The display at the National Media Museum in Bradford, England, will focus on devotees' relationship with the long-running cult series.
Curator Toni Booth has asked Doctor Who's loyal fans to lend official merchandise they have collected, their own interesting stories as well as "more personal homemade objects".
She adds, "We want to know why you have this object, when you got it, and your feelings towards Doctor Who then and now."
A 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the Time Lord, is set to air in the U.K. on 23 November (13).
Current Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to unite with past Time Lords including Tom Baker and Sylvester Mccoy at an event in London to mark the cult TV show's 50th anniversary. The actors will all appear at the 50th anniversary celebration event in the British capital in November (13), along with another former Doctor Who Colin Baker.
The convention will run over three days and feature question-and-answer sessions with cast members, a special effects display from the show's resident expert Danny Hargreaves, and masterclasses with Doctor Who's 'monster choreographer' Ailsa Burke.
The event will run from 22-24 November (13) at London's ExCeL exhibition centre, coinciding with the screening of the show's anniversary episode on 23 November (13).
The special installment will reportedly feature new castmember John Hurt as well as a reappearance by former Time Lord David Tennant and his onscreen assistant Billie Piper.
"I do think it's well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all." Dame Helen Mirren offers her unlikely thoughts on who should take over from current Time Lord Matt Smith once he steps down from the cult British sci-fi series at the end of the year (13).
Britain's Prince Charles has been offered a role on cult sci-fi series Doctor Who after showing off his impression of a Dalek's voice during a royal set visit in Wales. The heir to the throne and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, travelled to the BBC's Roath Lock studios on Wednesday (03Jul13) as part of their summer tour and met with members of the Doctor Who cast and crew, including writer Steven Moffat and current Time Lord, Matt Smith, in celebration of the show's 50th anniversary.
During the visit, the Prince even tried using a voice modulator to mimick the sound of the Daleks, uttering the TV cyborgs' famous "exterminate" phrase and jokingly telling the crowd, "You are now our prisoners."
His playful efforts impressed Moffat and he has invited the Prince back to the set to be a part of the show for real.
He tells the BBC, "I haven't thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family, but Prince Charles's attempt at being a Dalek was great. There would be a part in the show for him if he wanted it."
Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will do battle with his successor Matt Smith at Britain's upcoming TVChoice Awards. Smith has won a Best Actor nomination for his role as the Time Lord in the cult sci-fi show, and he will go up against the man he replaced, Tennant, who has a nod for his part in hit crime drama Broadchurch.
The two Doctors also face competition from the stars of two period dramas - Jeremy Piven for his role in Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle.
Tennant's Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman will also go up against Smith's sci-fi sidekick Jenna Coleman for the Best Actress award, along with Call The Midwife's Miranda Hart and Sheridan Smith for Mrs Biggs.
Popular murder mystery Broadchurch is also featured in the Best New Drama category, along with Gillian Anderson's thriller The Fall, Mr Selfridge and detective series Ripper Street, while Best Drama will be a fight between Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Call The Midwife and Waterloo Road.
The trophies will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 9 September (13).
Jude Law, Dame Helen Mirren and Doctor Who star Matt Smith helped raise more than $155,000 (£100,000) for charity by taking part in a one-off play in London on Monday (01Jul13). British actor Luke Treadaway enlisted his real-life neighbour Law to co-star with him in the special production, while Mirren, Smith, Skyfall's Ben Whishaw and Sherlock star Andrew Scott appeared in video clips during the West End gala.
Treadaway was inspired to spearhead the benefit for autism charities after playing a teenager with the disorder in U.K. stage show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "Jude and I hadn't practised before Sunday but we rehearsed for two hours... in his garden. Everyone has been so lovely to come and do this, I couldn't have asked for a better reaction."
Law, who personally handed over $15,500 (£10,000) to the event, adds, "I'm just here to enjoy the show. I'm doing it because Luke asked me to."
Rocker Chris Martin matched Law's donation, and brought the evening at the Apollo Theatre to a close by performing Coldplay hits Viva la Vida and Paradise.
A Curious Night at the Theatre generated more than $155,000 (£100,000), which will go towards the U.K. organisations Ambitious about Autism and The National Autistic Society.
Bond star Ben Whishaw is adamant speculation linking him to a role in Doctor Who is wide of the mark because he is out of the running for the job. The 32 year old made his debut as gadget master Q in the last 007 movie, 2012's Skyfall, and online gossip has suggested he will be joining another British institution, cult sci-fi TV show Doctor Who to take over from current Time Lord Matt Smith.
However, Whishaw is adamant he is not among the actors in line to play the doctor, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "It's not going to be me. But I don't mind - I don't think you can be Q and Doctor Who. It would be a bit wrong."
Smith will leave the popular TV show at the end of the year (13) and speculation is rife about who will replace him, with bookmakers in Britain recently backing another James Bond star, Rory Kinnear, as favourite.
Departing Doctor Who Matt Smith has posted a heartfelt video thank you to fans of the sci-fi show online as he prepares to bid farewell to the TV character. The actor holds up handwritten notes to the camera while standing on a street in Detroit, Michigan following a night shoot and then breaks his silence by yelling out his thanks.
He says, "Doctor Who land, listen, this is a message to say thank you for all your support over the past four years.
"To (writer) Steven Moffat, all the brilliant cast and crew, who have just made the whole journey a marvelous one... thank you."
Smith's signed thanks included cryptic notes to "THE CRAZY GINGER ONE" and "THE IMPOSSIBLE GIRL IN THE SHORT RED DRESS" and he added: "TO THE FANS, TO YOU I OWE THE BIGGEST THANKYOU."
The actor concluded the video by yelling "Thank you" while holding a piece of paper with the phrase written on it.
Smith will depart the series at Christmas (13). His replacement has yet to be named.