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2/22/2004 12:49:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon


February 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Bill Nighy, long noted as a choice of new producer Russell T. Davies to play the Doctor, is apparently not interested, Nighy's wife Diana Quick stated after a performance of her play "After Mrs. Rochester" at the Richmond Theatre recently. Quick -- who starred as Prime in BBCi's "The Scream of the Shalka" -- was quoted by our correspondent as Nighy having been offered the role of the Doctor, but turned it down. Nighy also delivered a cryptic acceptance speech at the Evening Standard Film Awards on February 5; picking up the gong for Best Comedy Performance (for playing an ageing rocker in Love Actually), Nighy pointed out that recently he's played both a vampire and a zombie before noting: 'I've reached that difficult age where I can only play men from different dimensions.' Although it was recently announced that he has been cast as Slartibartfast in the Hammer & Tong film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, could he also have been hinting at something dearer to our hearts? While this is second-hand information, OG felt it reliable enough to report as things are indeed progressing behind the scenes. (Thanks to Trevor Dobbin, Jim Sangster)