The ‘IT Crowd’ star has been named as a surprise contender to be the next Doctor, in a report in The Sun.
They have claimed he has caught the eye of bosses, who believe he could bring something different to the role after Peter departs at the end of the current series.
A source told the paper: “Richard is very highly thought of in the industry and is well liked.
A BBC spokesperson declined to comment on the reports.
He was later announced as the new host of ‘The Crystal Maze’, which is returning for a new series on Channel 4 later this year.
However, it seems this could still be a long way off, with recent reports claiming that show bosses were hoping to cast a younger man, in keeping with David Tennant’s successful time in the lead role.
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