Rory Kinnear set to become Doctor Who
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 June 2013
Rory Kinnear has reportedly been offered the part of 'Doctor Who' when Matt Smith exits the TARDIS at the end of this year
Rory Kinnear has allegedly been offered the part of 'Doctor Who'.
The 35-year-old actor is wanted for the part and according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, the BBC have offered him the opportunity to become the 12th Doctor when Matt Smith departs the TARDIS at the end of this year.
A source told the publication: "He has been offered the part and we are waiting to hear if he will accept. He is the perfect choice."
Showrunner Steven Moffat and the BBC want to move quickly to cast the next Doctor because shooting on the next series of the sci-fi show is due to start in just a few months ahead of its return to screens next March.
However, the BBC are refusing to comment on whether or not Rory has been offered the part, only saying he is a "very talented actor".
Rory is probably best known for his role as MI6 officer Bill Tanner in James Bond films 'Skyfall' and 'Quantum of Solace' and for his portrayal of the late Sir Denis Thatcher in 'The Long Walk to Finchley', the BBC drama which focused on the early part of former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher's career.
The 35-year-old actor has also received critical acclaim for his performances on stage in productions of 'Othello' and 'Hamlet'.
Rory's father is the celebrated character actor Roy Kinnear - who died in September 1988 from a heart attack after falling from a horse during the making of 'The Return of the Musketeers' in Toledo, Spain - while his mother Carmel Cryan is famous for portraying Brenda Boyle in 'EastEnders'.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes are so certain Rory is going to be the next Doctor they have stopped taking bets on him taking the part after already slashing his odds to 2/1.
Ladbrokes spokesperson Alex Donohue said: "Kinnear had been a popular punt but after a flurry of activity pushed him into favourite we closed the book."
Matt will depart the role after appearing in the 50th anniversary special in November and the Christmas episode.