Paterson Joseph, pictured left, has been talking to The Independent about his audition for the role of The Eleventh Doctor. On discovery that his name had been connected to the coveted role he said:

“I was in South Africa at the time, and I think if I’d been in England I
probably would have suffered some sort of trauma. But I’ll
be very honest with you. I was overjoyed.”

He then goes on to say that at that point his agent had not been contacted but then flew to the UK to audition for the role, adding:

“But then I came back and I think I pretty much knew that I hadn’t got
it [the part went to Matt Smith], and weirdly wasn’t disappointed. I walk down the street and no
one knows me, but if I were the Doctor, that would certainly be the case
[that people would know him]. Even in France where I live, it would
still be the case.”

Joseph, who starred in the 2005 two-parter Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, concludes: “It’s an
accolade. Years later, I’m still being asked that question and I’m not
embarrassed by it. It tickles me pink because I didn’t even
have to do the job and yet I got a bit of kudos!”
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Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.


  1. Nothing against the guy, but I fail to see why so many people saw him as the be all and end all to play the Doctor (both in 2009 and again in 2013). I only know him from his guest appearance in Series 1 and he failed to make much of an impression on me.


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