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Colin Firth wants a Doctor Who role

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King George VI wants to meet the last of the Time Lords...

Colin Firth angling for a place in the Whoniverse

In a Twitter interview over the weekend, the period drama actor revealed his aspirations to appear in the time-travelling show, saying “I’d never rule out a part in Doctor Who or Torchwood – especially Doctor Who.”  He added “I’d also love to play a villain like Moriaty in Sherlock Holmes.”

It’s not clear whether he was referring to Steven Moffat’s TV series Sherlock or Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes feature films (both of which return for a second instalment later this year), or simply the franchise in general.  Given that he’d just mentioned the Moffat-run Doctor Who, though, it may well be the former.  There’s also the possibility that he just meant he’d like to play a Moriaty-like villain in something else entirely.

Colin Firth has just been deservedly nominated for an Oscar, along with his similarly deserving co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, in The King’s Speech.  He was also nominated last year in the same category, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, for A Single Man.

If he were to play a part in Doctor Who, then, also having played a King, Colin Firth would seem an obvious candidate to feature on any further Doctor Who bank notes.

Being a British institution, Doctor Who has somewhat of a tradition of casting great British actors in supporting roles, most recently with Michael Gambon in the brilliant Christmas special, so it wouldn’t be at all surprising if this happened at some point.  Of course, as always it would depend on finding the right role, and much of Season 6 might already have been cast for all we know, but with Steven Moffat splitting the season in two, and episodes being moved around, then who knows, maybe Firth could feature in Season 6.  In any case, the series is bound to continue for many years to come (at the very least), so there’s no particular hurry.

In the meantime, there's plenty of opportunity to speculate.  Which franchise would Firth be best suited to?  And would he make a good Moriaty-like villain?

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#1 Firth Caleb Leland 2011-01-26 00:06
The man is a wonderful actor, and I could see him playing a villain on a Doctor Who special. He would play well against Matt Smith.
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