Russell Tovey auditioned for Doctor Who

Russell Tovey nearly took on the titular role in 'Doctor Who' after auditioning to replace David Tennant as the 11th Doctor

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Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey nearly became the Time Lord in 'Doctor Who'.

The 'Being Human' actor was in the running to replace David Tennant and become the 11th Doctor - a role which eventually went to Matt Smith - but admits he would have found handling the fame which came with the role "terrifying".

He told the Independent newspaper: "It would have terrified me. I don't know what I would have done with all the attention."

Rusell is no stranger to the BBC sci-fi series, as he appeared as as minor character Alonso Frame in two episodes aired in 2007 and 2010.

Meanwhile, it was reported last month that current Time Lord Matt could leave the role at the end of 2013, when the show's 50th anniversary shows are concluded, leaving the part open for a new star .

An insider said: "Matt has told bosses he wants to bow out at Christmas."

The BBC addressed fans' queries about the actor's status in a statement, saying: "Sorry folks but even we don't know what's going to happen at Christmas. It's not been written yet!"

The 30-year-old star is also remaining tight-lipped about his future on the show and insisted he isn't planning too far ahead.

Speaking last week, he said: "I am very happy doing ['Doctor Who']. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it's 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds."

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