Doctor Who

Cribbins: I should have been Doctor Who

By Darren Scott on Thursday 21 November 2013

Bernard Cribbins revealed at the Doctor Who Celebration that he was lined up to replace Jon Pertwee as the Doctor.

When asked if he should have been considered instead of Peter Capaldi, the 84-year-old said “I would love to have been the Doctor.”

He said that he had been interviewed by then producer Barry Letts for the part of the Fourth Doctor, but lost out to Tom Baker.

Cribbins, who played Wilf opposite Tenth Doctor David Tennant, also appeared in a 1960s big screen outing for the Time Lord, Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD, in which Peter Cushing played the Doctor.

“Peter Cushing was a giggler,” Cribbins told the sold-out audience.

“I would love to come back to Doctor Who,” he said. “If I’m asked I’d come back tomorrow.”

The Doctor Who 50th Celebration is a three day event at ExCeL celebrating 50 years of the world’s longest running sci-fi drama, Doctor Who. The event welcomes over 20,000 fans to East London over the anniversary weekend and features cast and crew from the very first episode to the most recent. Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy lead the all-star cast and are joined by Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Bernard Cribbins, Carole Ann Ford and many more.