Alan Cumming Reveals Why He Turned Down ‘Doctor Who’ Twice

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Doctor Who is currently looking to replace Peter Capaldi as the lead on the BBC series, but there’s one actor who probably won’t be vying for the role.

During an interview at the Listowel Writers’ Week in Ireland, The Good Wife star Alan Cumming revealed to reporters (via Huffington Post) he’s turned down the chance to play the lead on the popular sci-fi series not once, but twice. So why did the actor turn down the chance to play the famed Doctor?

Cumming said he was told he’d have to come back to Britain to take part on the show, which he was fine with. It was only when he learned that a big chunk of his time would be spent in the UK port city of Cardiff that he changed his mind.

“I said, ‘Sure, I still have a flat in London, it’d be perfect,’” Cumming told reporters via Huffington Post during Listowe Writers’ Week. “Then he said, ‘It’s eight months of the year in Cardiff…” And I said, ‘What?’”

Cardiff is what broke the camel’s back when it came to the Scottish actor’s excitement over the possible Doctor Who role. “And I think that might have been what blew it,” he added. “Nothing against Cardiff, but…”

The second time Cumming was approached about playing the iconic character, he spoke to one of the show’s writers, Mark Gatiss, and again the same problem came up.

“He had heard of this [previous discussion], and he said, ‘Would you like to be Doctor Who now?’” he recalled. “I said, ‘Fine, I’d love to, but they [previously] told me I’d have to go to Cardiff for eight months of the year’ and he said, ‘Oh no, you’d still have to do that.’”

“I’d do anything for Doctor Who, but I won’t do that,” Cumming added.

Looks like fans can officially cross Cumming off their potential Doctor Who list!

(H/T ScreenRant.com)

Doctor Who airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBCA or BBC.

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