Dame Judi Dench was left utterly bemused after being asked if she would consider replacing Jodie Whittaker on Doctor Who.
The veteran actor, 87, has appeared in everything from the James Bond franchise to the bizarre adaption of beloved musical Cats, but it appears there’s one role she’s not up for doing.
Dame Judi, who is currently starring in Oscar-tipped movie Belfast, appeared on Wednesday’s episode of The One Show to speak about the new biopic, which is set in Troubles-era Northern Ireland.
Appearing on the show alongside Belfast co-star Ciarán Hinds, Dame Judi was asked by a viewer, who wrote in to the show, if she would take on the role of The Doctor when Jodie departs.
After a fairly long pause where she and Ciarán shared baffled glances, she replied: ‘Well – how am I going to be able to get about?’
As the co-stars burst into giggles, host Alex Jones insisted: ‘You would have a Tardis, so you’d be fine!’
However Dame Judi, who earlier on the show said she would be up for doing ‘anything’ in the future, said about the Doctor Who role: ‘I think I might pass.’
She continued: ‘I think I might have to pass on that one.
‘I’d have to get someone to do the stunts for me, that wouldn’t be any good, would it! I’m not up to that, I’m afraid.’
While Dame Judi may have ruled herself out, there are plenty more names being floated to replace Jodie when she leaves the Tardis this year.
Actors including It’s A Sin’s Lydia West and Omari Douglas are thought to be in the running, while some fans have backed stars including Michaela Coel, and Richard Ayoade.
Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure has also ruled herself out of playing the Time Lord, but a new wildcard has been introduced in the form of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer as he is set to leave Walford Square.
While Jodie has already filmed her regeneration scene, returning showrunner Russell T Davies said he hasn’t settled on a replacement actor just yet.
The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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