In a parallel universe, the last series of Doctor Who might have included a guest appearance from Timothy Dalton.
Fans will recollect that Dalton turned up in the last David Tennant story before his regeneration called The End Of Time (2009). In it, he played the conspiring Rassilon. However, in a recent interview, Rachel Talalay, the director, conceded that they had approached him to repeat the part for last year’s finale, Hell Bent.
However, since Dalton was unavailable, the character went to Donald Sumpter. There was no doubt that he was splendid. However, we thought this was the right time to take a look at the other moments when this happened…
Furthermore, Steven Moffat revealed that the Doctor Who part was offered to a black actor before Peter Capaldi got it.
1. Brian Blessed and Patrick Troughton (1966)
Casting the Doctor himself is a minefield. As it is, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant are among the some who have been offered the part, just to turn it down. However, a standout amongst the most infamous changes was in 1966 when Brian Blessed was offered the part of the Second Doctor. He refused because of planning clashes with Z-Cars, so it went to Patrick Troughton. Blessed showed up in 1986, playing an infamous barbarian ruler.
2. Bernard Cribbins and Howard Attfield (2008)
The Runaway Bride (2006) acquainted us with Donna as well her family. That is to say, we met her Mum Sylvia and Dad Geoff. Howard Attfield was ready to return as Geoff when Donna returned as a permanent friend in series four. However, he died before shooting was finished. Therefore, the makers then approached TV legend Bernard Cribbins to co-star as her granddad.