Patrick Troughton’s Grandson Wants To Be The Next Doctor

Harry Melling, best known as Harry Potter’s spoiled brat cousin Dudley Dursley, has revealed that he’d love to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become the next Doctor.

Melling, the son of Patrick Troughton’s daughter Joanna, appeared in five Harry Potter films as the appalling bully Dudley who liked nothing more than to make his cousin’s life a misery and continues to pursue an acting career, his latest credit coming in stage comedy Hand to God at London’s Vaudeville Theatre.

“I would love to be the next new Doctor. I am not the person in charge of that but I would love to keep it in the family. It probably won’t happen as I might need to be a bit older. I’ve really enjoyed doing theatre but getting Doctor Who in the family again would be great.”

Melling is a cousin of Sam Troughton who was rumoured to be in the running to be the next Doctor when Matt Smith gave up the role, and it may be that his relative is the more likely pick from the Troughton family whenever the part comes up again, though it’s noticeable that Melling has inherited those familiar piercing blue eyes…


Jonathan has followed the Doctor's adventures since the late Pertwee era, and he isn't about to stop now. A charity worker from Hull, he enjoys following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and collecting all manner of Doctor Who ephemera. He blogs about Doctor Who merchandise at

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