James Corden is Not the Doctor

Doctor Who - The Lodger stars Matt Smith and James CordenWhether you like him or not, you’re going to have to deal with James Corden of Gavin & Stacey and the media hype surrounding him until at least tomorrow evening, when The Lodger airs, so you might as well find out how he liked his work on the next-to-last story in this season of Doctor Who.

To do so, drag your cursor over to What’s On TV, who have published a brief interview with the sitcom performer about his character, his opinion of the script, his thoughts on the idea of returning to the show post-Lodger, and, when asked whether he thought he should have been in Matt Smith’s boots, this:

“I don’t think they made a mistake not casting me as the Doctor. I remember reading something saying I was on a list, but I’m certain they made the right choice. It takes an actor of such skill to play the part and Matt’s just brilliant – I wouldn’t fancy my chances against him!”

Don’t get me wrong; some of the shortlists that appeared in the press before Smith was officially announced as the new Doctor contained some fantastic talent, including Bill Nighy from last week’s Vincent and the Doctor, but the person who thought up the possibility of Corden in the role could not have been quite right in the head.  Love him or hate him, it’s difficult to deny that Corden’s personality and acting style simply isn’t the Doctor’s, even when you account for the fact that the Doctor has been known to radically change the way he behaves (the transition from Peter Davison to Colin Baker suddenly comes to mind).

It’s good to see that Corden agrees.

The Lodger begins at 6:45PM tomorrow on BBC1 and BBC HD, and stars Matt Smith as the Doctor, James Corden as Craig Owens, and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond.  At least, I think Karen’s there.  Not been in any previews much this week, has she?  Sort of reminds me of this.

Patrick Riley


Patrick has just been murdered and is currently seated on the edge of a lawn chair wondering when this Missy person will stop demanding his autograph. He probably can't tweet from the grave, but you should follow him anyway @10PatrickRiley.

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