Irish actor Aidan Turner is paving the path towards his meteoric rise. After appearing in the three-part fantasy saga The Hobbit as Kili, he went on to star as the lead actor in the hit BBC series Poldark and miniseries And Then There Were None. Now, Turner’s name is being attached to two major franchises: Doctor Who and James Bond.
There are rumors that the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, will leave Doctor Who after Season 10. Thus, several names are being listed to become his potential successor. The most talked-about candidate so far is Irish hottie Aidan Turner.
However, the 32-year-old actor is declining the legendary role for a good reason. His former Being Human co-star and good friend Russell Tovey is also in the running to take over the Tardis once Capaldi steps out.
The Poldark star told Radio Times Tovey would “do a very good job” as the thirteenth Doctor.
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“Yeah, I’d be all for that. I’d sign that petition. He’d smash it – he’d kill it!” Turner said in support of his co-star.
Tovey previously appeared in Doctor Who as Alonso Frame in Voyage of the Damned and The End of Time. Series writer Russell T. Davis once listed him as one of the strongest candidates for the role of the Eleventh Doctor, but the role was eventually given to Matt Smith.
But Doctor Who is not the only project Turner is being linked to. He is also one of the top contenders to become the next James Bond. His candidacy doesn’t come without precedence. Turner caught the attention of fans when he played clean-cut and charming mercenary Philip Lombard in the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None. According to Telegraph, punters tipped Turner to bag the 007 mantle by 3-1 odds.
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Despite favorable odds, Turner is being pitted against bigger names such as Idris Elba, Ben Hardy, Damian Lewis, and current fan favorite, Tom Hiddleston.