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Brian Blessed Turned Down Doctor Who

Gordon’s alive! Had to be done, now let’s move on.

Yes, the great British icon Brian Blessed was once offered a role in Doctor Who. Not as King Yrcanos. THE role. As The Doctor. Let that sink in. Reportedly, Mr Blessed was offered the role very early in a career ranging from stage to film, remembered best amongst the sci-fi fandom as Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon.

He states that:

”After I was in Z Cars, the head of BBC serials took me aside and said,
‘We’re thinking of having a young Doctor Who and we’d like to cast you’.
But it clashed with other things”.

It was a mere schedule issue that denied that iconic booming voice the helm in the TARDIS. We got a taste during Colin Baker’s era in Mindwarp, but I do not believe I am the only one wanting to hear that baritone raging through the time vortex towards a Dalek fleet.

[Source: Radio Times]