Red Dwarf star Craig Charles: I could be first black Doctor Who

Posted on 17 June 2013
By Andy Johnson
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Red Dwarf star Craig Charles has told how he would be thrilled to become the first black Doctor Who as the search for a new Time Lord continues.

The Funk and Soul DJ said he’d be delighted to become the next Doctor after BBC bosses and show insiders said they’re seriously considering casting a black actor.

Craig, 50, said he would be tempted to swap the Jupiter Mining Corps for the TARDIS and be the first black Time Lord, but he’s most happy being the first black man to own a house on Corrie.

But he admitted he would have to grit his teeth if he got the gig as he thinks the effects on the iconic show are ‘rubbish’.

Craig said: “Yeah, having a black Doctor Who would be double cool.

“To be asked by the Beeb would be great, its such a classic show.

“But I think there would probably be too much cross-over with Red Dwarf, as we’ve got a new series lined up next year.

“Also, I would have to grit my teeth a bit, because the thing about Dr Who that always annoyed me was the graphics are crap.

“But, even if I can’t be the first black Doctor, I am the first black man to own a house on Corrie, which is as good a claim to fame.”