Noel Clarke addressed rumours he’s set to return to Doctor Who, taking over from Jodie Whittaker in the main role.
The Kidulthood actor previously spent five years on the sci-fi drama, playing Mickey Smith, and recently sparked speculation he was plotting a surprise return to the Tardis.
Well, what the 45-year-old actually said was that ‘there’s a conversation to be had’.
Appearing on today’s Good Morning Britain, Kate Garraway questioned whether he was being introduced as the 14th Doctor.
Laughing off the rumours, he replied: ‘I do not think that’s true at all.
‘Occasionally I will bump into some of the Doctors who are friends of mine, I’ll post pictures, and I think people get excited.
Noel Clarke had his say on those Doctor Who return rumours (Picture: ITV)
‘I was asked in an interview, “Would I ever consider it?” Like any normal human, I said I would consider it, and then I think this furore [happened].’
Making light of all the speculation, Noel continued: ‘I’ll put it out there, I will also consider, headlines, James Bond and any Marvel characters they want to give me, if that’s what people keep doing every time I say anything.’
Side note: We would definitely be keen on all of the above.
The actor also opened up about his famous appearance at the 2009 Baftas, when he ruffled his collar while approaching the stage to collect his rising star gong.
He returned to the stage 12 years later to receive an award for contribution to cinema at this month’s bash, and reflected on that moment in a passionate speech.
‘I got a lot of stick for that for years, continuously, and I always regretted it and always thought I’m going to apologise,’ the Bulletproof star said. ‘In later years, I realised – as I said in the [Bafta 2021] speech why I did it.
‘I felt like that was something that someone like me, and it’s not just about race, because I did say in my speech, “the underrepresented”. It’s also about class, it’s also about where you’re from, that can be black, white, whatever.
‘Sometimes people that are working class are not seen as much, and being two of those things I just mentioned, at the time I couldn’t articulate it, but years later I understood.’
‘I did that because I was like, “Wow, I’ve done this”. Obviously, [I’ve spent] years in the industry, I’ve aged and I’ve got wiser, but it took me full circle to the point where I’m like, I’m not going to apologise for it,’ Noel added.
‘Because actually now, still, there are people of working class and people that look like me, sound like me, that are not seen. So it is what it is.’
Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, at 6am, on ITV.