Danny Dyer to quit EastEnders for Doctor Who?
- Bang Showbiz
- 9 February 2017
'EastEnders' star Danny Dyer has admitted he'd love to star in 'Doctor Who' when Peter Capaldi exits the show and would even keep his cockney accent
Danny Dyer wants to take over from Peter Capaldi in 'Doctor Who'.
The 39-year-old actor is famed for playing pub landlord Mick Carter in the BBC soap 'EastEnders' but he is prepared to walk away from Albert Square's famous boozer in order to portray the Time Lord when Capaldi exits the sci-fi show later this year.
Referring to the Doctor's familiar neck warmer, the cockney star said: "I'd be interested in it. I could see myself in the scarf and all that.
"I think I could do it easy. I'd keep my accent too."
Danny's fans are desperate to see him take hold of the sonic screwdriver when his contract with 'EastEnders' expires in October and have even started an online petition.
They wrote: "My understanding is that Danny Dyer has a contract in 'EasEnders' until October this year. My Dyer should then move into the position of the new Doctor."
The Doctor is expected to regenerate in the Christmas special in December and show bosses are on the hunt for a new actor to take over the Tardis.
'James Bond' Star Ben Whishaw, The 'IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade, 'Little Britain' star Matt Lucas, and 'The Night Manager's Olivia Colman are all said to be in the running.
However, although his name hasn't been thrown into the hat by producers, it would be the right timing for Danny to take on the new venture as he's not yet signed a new contract with the soap and has admitted he's ready to move on.
He said: "Four years is a long time. It's been really rewarding but there's other stuff out there. I'd love to show other sides to me, I loved theatre and all that."
But bosses aren't prepared to let him go without a fight as they indicated last year that they were planning to hand him a lucrative deal to continue on the show.
A source said at the time: "Danny is so popular it's a no-brainer. He's very much in the plan for the show going forwards and he's said himself how much he enjoys it.
"It's been a great casting so far and everyone wants it to continue - especially the fans. The formal negotiations will be starting soon with the hope to confirm it early next year."