The newest Doctor in Doctor Who Peter Capaldi reveals that he once turned down the Doctor Who Role because he was convinced he had no chance.
In 1996, his agent had asked him to try out to become the Doctor in the famous long-running series for a movie adaptation. The series role was filled in by Paul McGann and he thought he was incompetent to be the doctor in the movie adaptation.
Peter said he could not have coped with the disappointment of failing to get the role if he had tried.
He had landed the part late last year and appeared in the full series this year. Producers once again asked to have him in the auditions.
“I knew I wouldn’t get it – I loved the show so much that I didn’t want to have anything to do with it unless it was going to be me.
“I just didn’t want to have the disappointment to go through all the palaver and the jumping through hoops for something I would never get because I knew it was an American pilot and they would go for somebody who was well-known and Paul was and he was fantastic, so I said ‘No, I won’t come along’.
“I said to my agent: tell them thank you very much but I don’t want to go along,”
He got the role shortly after he won a best short film Oscar for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life movie adaptation.