Brian Blessed Could Have Been the 2nd Doctor!

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Gregarious actor Brian Blessed, most famous for his role as Prince Vulcan in Flash Gordon (1980),  was offered the chance to succeed William Hartnel on the seminal British sci-fi show “Doctor Who”.

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This is how he explained in a recent interview with the Radio Times:

I was 25 or 26 at the time. Executive producer Andrew Osborn took me for a walk. Z Cars was coming to an end, as was William Hartnell on Doctor Who.

Osborn said, “We’d actually like you to be a young Doctor Who.’ I said, ‘Well, I see him as a wizard and much older really.” And he replied, “Well we’d like him to be very young and very virile, full of imagination and so forth.”

I said, “Well I’d really consider it if you could think of him as being oriental. I’ve always thought that he should be oriental.”

Eventually he came back, saying: “We’ve thought about it; we’re not going to go ahead with the young Doctor. We think it is actually too much. We’re going to offer you Porthos in The Three Musketeers.” So I did that instead alongside Jeremy Brett, the original Sherlock Holmes.”

Something to think about.  Blessed instead Troughton.  A young virile Doctor long before the modern era.  How different our world would be.

 


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