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Brian Blessed has revealed that he was approached to play the Doctor in the 1960s.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Blessed said: “After I was in Z Cars, the head of BBC serials took me aside and said, ‘We’re thinking of having a young Doctor Who and we’d like to cast you’. But it clashed with other things.

The veteran actor would have replaced William Hartnell, but Patrick Troughton eventually succeeded him in 1966.

Asked what his reaction would be now, he said: ” I’d jump at it.”

Blessed went on to make a suggestion for the next Doctor: “I think they need to re-examine his surname - “Who” is very oriental. It’s about time they had an Asian actor as the Doctor. And a female one.”

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