Kenneth Branagh has thrown his hat in the ring for the next series of Doctor Who – but rest easy Shakespeare fans, the veteran actor hasn't got his eyes on the soon to be vacant Tardis.
The 52-year old actor was recently treading the boards in a well-recieved production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival, but away from the stage he admits to being a life-long fan of the long-running show.
“I am a long-time hide-behind-the-sofa-in-the-early-Doctor-Who-in-the-1960s fan,” he said during a Q&A with The Guardian. “The Master I remember was played brilliantly by an actor called Roger Delgardo. I don't think I can get him out of my mind.”
Up for it: Kenneth Branagh wouldn't mind playing a 'funny Cyberman' in a future episode of Doctor Who (WENN)
With producers currently on the lookout for a new Doctor after Matt Smith announced his intention to step down at the end of the year, fans could be right in assuming Branagh has the prerequisites needed to step into his shoes.
However, the Wallander star would happily settle for another, equally memorable role.
“Is there a leader of the Cybermen?” he said. “Or even just a funny Cyberman?”
Elsewhere former Doctor Colin Baker admitted the time had come for a woman to take the coveted role.
Speaking to website Flicks and the City, he said: “If the Doctor has twelve incarnations, surely he must be in touch with his feminine side to a certain extent.”