It was a very close-run thing.
When David Tennant announced his departure from his iconic role as The Doctor in the hugely successful science fiction show Doctor Who, many names were thrust forward as possible replacements.
We’ll mention none of them here; that’s just tabloid fodder. But it’s true to say that on that red-hot list to take over as the last Time Lord, there were veterans, newcomers, the old, the young, the hip, the square, and both men and women.
But at the top of the list, one man stood clear.
Here’s a glimpse of what might have been - Indigo Roth as The Doctor. Part dandy, part two-fisted adventurer, all hero.
The BBC rejected Roth's initial suggestions of a lion, a bear or a badger as The Doctor's new sidekicks. However, the actor went on to suggest Sasha Grey - fresh from her role in Steven Soderburgh’s The Girlfriend Experience - as his leading lady. The Beeb hastily agreed to this, relieved to be free of wildlife, and commenced filming on a pilot adventure with Roth and the energetic Miss Grey in the midst of the French Revolution.
Sadly, despite sizzling chemistry between the principals, changes to the script to tailor the role for Roth did not fare well with test audiences. The replacement of The Doctor’s trusty Sonic Screwdriver with a Sonic Pizza Slice was dubbed unnecessary and confusing, and the installation of a Starbucks in the TARDIS control room courted controversy both on and off-screen.
Rumours that iDifficult was approached to play The Doctor’s nemesis The Master to prop up a flagging Second Act remain unconfirmed. Though for what it’s worth, he screen-tested better than John Simm and looked really good in the black Nehru jacket. Roger Delgado would have been proud.
In the end, the BBC pandered to the masses and settled on the younger, viewer-friendly Matt Smith.
Indigo thinks that Mr. Smith will be a winner, and consoles himself that he and Miss Grey will always have Paris.
But it was a very close-run thing.
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