David Morrissey as Jackson Lake, a man with a Time Lord's memories, in 2008's The Next Doctor.

David Morrissey Recalls Nearly Being the Doctor

David Morrissey may well be currently enjoying great success in season three of AMC’s The Walking Dead but the star still has fond memories of his time filming the Doctor Who 2008 Christmas special The Next Doctor in which he played the character of Jackson Lake, a man who had been given the Doctor’s memories by mistake!

David Morrissey as Jackson Lake, a man with a Time Lord's memories, in 2008's The Next Doctor.

Speaking with website Den of Geek about his role in the newest series of The Walking Dead, Morrissey took a few minutes to reflect on the six months when the world thought that he was going to be taking over the reins of the Doctor from David Tennant, thanks to some wonderful story spinning from Russell T Davies. Morrissey discussed that period of his life and how exciting it was:

David (Tennant) announced he was going and this rumour mill began, and I couldn’t say what I knew, but it was a very fun place to inhabit for six months. When people thought it was going to be me, that was great.

Sadly Morrissey may displease some of you with his thoughts on the original series of Doctor Who:

It was not my bag. I was also slightly suspicious of people who were. I had one great friend who could quote passages from the books, you’d go into his house and he had all the books and he wore a Tom Baker scarf, and I loved him dearly but I was also slightly…I thought it was alright, but it never got in my bones in that way.

But wait – he’s a big fan of the show now since its 2005 re-launch:

I watched it because my kids watched it, so I suddenly got into it in a different way.

You can read a bit more of the short interview at Den of Geek.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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