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‘Doctor Who’: Hugh Grant rubbishes reports that he is next Doctor

The star previously turned down the famous role in 2004

By Will Richards

Hugh Grant appears on a chat show
Hugh Grant. (Photo: BBC/YouTube).

Hugh Grant has dismissed reports that he is set to replace Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor for the next era of ‘Doctor Who’.

Last year, Whittaker – who has played the iconic role since late 2017 – revealed that she will make her last appearances as The Doctor in three special episodes airing later in 2022.

After the vacancy was revealed, many people, including Years & Years star and ‘It’s A Sin’ actor Olly Alexander, have been linked with the role.

Most recently, rom-com legend Grant was the subject of a Daily Mirror article reporting that he was “in talks” to replace Whittaker.

In a tweet sharing a separate article from The Guardian which referenced the original reports, Grant dismissed the reports. He wrote: “Nothing against Dr W but I’m not [‘in talks’ to become the next Doctor]. No idea where the story came from.”

Grant has previously played the Doctor, taking on the role for a Comic Relief special in 1999. Half a decade later, he was offered the role on a full-time basis in 2004, but turned it down.

The actor’s latest activity comes after he recently told Nigel Farage to “go f*** yourself” after the politician announced a campaign for a net zero referendum.

The actor responded to a Twitter post from Farage earlier this month, in which he announced a new campaign to “kill off Boris Johnson’s ruinous green agenda”.

“We demand a referendum on Net Zero,” he wrote, to which Grant responded: “Russian warship – go f*** yourself”.

‘Notting Hill’ actor Grant has been vocal on Twitter in the past about various political issues. In January, he was among a host of high profile figures to criticise plans to scrap the BBC license fee.

“The BBC is something the whole world admires with envy. It is entirely appropriate that the insecure, spittle-flecked nut jobs of this government want to destroy it,” he wrote.