The Paddington 2 and The Four Weddings and a Funeral star, Hugh Grant, has recently reacted to the exciting rumors about him taking on the role of the iconic Doctor Who. The fans of the BBC sci-fi series started buzzing in elation once the rumor mill started. Jodie Whittaker is the current Doctor Who, and Grant would have been following her to don the cape and become the time lord.
However, the actor took the initiative himself to come forward and clear up the rumors. Taking to Twitter on Monday, the actor said, “Nothing against Dr W, but I’m not. No idea where the story came from.”
Nothing against Dr W but I’m not. No idea where the story came from. https://t.co/g1PG4VsqYN
— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) March 21, 2022
Hugh Grant Squashes Doctor Who Casting Rumors
Previously, there were also rumors regarding David Tennant reprising the role of the doctor. However, just like the news of Grant’s foray into the sci-fi IP, those were simply rumors as well. While Grant may have burst the joyous bubble the fans had going on for a while, the rumors did give all some pedigree for speculations and discussion. Many people thought it to be a great casting decision. And they are not wrong either. Hugh Grant is a massive talent and would’ve brought his usual charm and acting panache to the character.
Interestingly, it wouldn’t have been the first time Grant had played the role had he accepted it. In 1999, Hugh did play Doctor Who in the comedy sketch titled “The Curse of Fatal Death”.
How did the Fans React?
Here are some of the reactions from the fans over Twitter following Grant’s confirmation that the rumors are unfounded:
As expected, there were many who thought it was a shame the actor won’t be on board with the role.
That's a terrible shame. Would have loved you in the part.
— BabelColour (@StuartHumphryes) March 21, 2022
Then there were some who felt thankful that the part did not go to Grant, like this rather blunt and almost rude fellow here;
Many users also pointed out how Grant has previously portrayed the role of Doctor Who in the aforementioned sketch at the 1999 Comic Relief special.
Haven't you already been the Doctor, in The Curse of Fatal Death? They've never had a regeneration into an already used form …
— Vian "pixel prole" Lawson, 5x???? (@Vian1138) March 21, 2022
As for now, there have been no official announcements as to who would be playing the iconic time-hopping doctor next. We’ll keep you up-to-date in case something surfaces, though.