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Sunday 13 July 2014

Kinnear rules himself out as Doctor

Rory Kinnear has dismissed Doctor Who rumours

Rory Kinnear has dismissed suggestions that he could take over from Matt Smith in Doctor Who - saying that he's never even watched the sci-fi show.

Rory, 35, has led the betting to be the replacement for Matt, who announced he was leaving his role as the Time Lord last month.

The Shakespearean actor, currently starring in Count Arthur Strong on BBC Two, told The Independent of reports linking him to the show: "I don't know where it came from... I haven't been, and I'm 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."

The star, the son of actor Roy Kinnear, added: "I really enjoy acting. So the idea of doing the same part over a number of years is not something I've longed for."

Last month Ben Whishaw ruled himself out of the running to play the Doctor, saying it would be "wrong" to take the role.

"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," he said.

Matt's replacement for the hit BBC sci-fi series is expected to be announced in coming months, with the 30-year-old, who has played the role for three series, tipped to bow out after the Christmas special in December.

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