Rumors are circulating that British heartthrob Hugh Grant might be ready to step out of the Tardis and take over the universe as the next Doctor Who.
Grant, 61, portrayed the Doctor in 1999 for British comedy fundraiser “Comic Relief” but turned down the role as the full-time Doctor after being offered the part by writer Russell T. Davies, according to The Mirror. Davies left the show after consecutively superb seasons featuring Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi but is returning for the 60th anniversary season in 2023, the outlet reported.
A source told the Mirror that Davies wants Grant to bring a “fresh feel” to the series, which has waned in popularity after Smith and Davies moved on to other projects. “Conversations are in progress” to hand the sonic screwdriver over to the award-winning dramatic and comedic actor, the source claimed.
The internet is so excited at the potential for Grant to take over the role that fan videos are already circulating. This was my favorite:
— Jude (@_PigginTeaBreak) March 20, 2022
The Doctor is currently portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, who announced she would be stepping down from the role last year, ABC Australia noted, leaving the doors to time and space open for just about any brilliant Brit. Previous rumors suggested that David Tennant (basically every Millennial’s favorite Doctor) was going to reprise the role, the Guardian reported.
After Grant was offered the role, he was quoted as saying “it’s only when you see it on screen that you think, ‘Damn, that was good. Why did I say no?'” according to ABC Australia. (RELATED: Feminist Critic Trashes New Doctor Who For Not Being Black And Transgender)
While the small but loud woke community might not be thrilled with a white man playing the role of a lifetime, literally every single other person in the entire world will be. With Grant at the helm, the balance between comedy, drama, romance, playfulness and the darkness will be back to save the iconic cult series from extermination.