Robbie Williams almost the Doctor?

Robbie Williams may have made an unlikely Time Lord

Robbie Williams once came close to being cast as Doctor Who, it has been revealed.

Peter Capaldi has just been unveiled as the new Time Lord, taking the reins from Matt Smith.

But Blogtor Who has revealed that when casting the Doctor for online animated episode Scream Of The Shalka in 2003, Take That star Robbie almost got the part.

Producer Muirinn Lane Kelly revealed: "We got word that Robbie Williams was interested in playing The Doctor. We all sat around wondering, 'Is this a good idea? Is this a crazy idea?'"

Scream of the Shalka writer Paul Cornell added: "Because we were reaching for the mainstream I actually thought he's one of the most famous people in Britain. It would actually get us an enormous kick of attention."

And producer James Goss said: "Think about it, if you really wanted to bring Doctor Who to a whole new audience, it would have been the most popular, talked-about thing the BBC website ever did."

But in the end Angels singer Robbie wasn't available, and the role went to Richard E Grant, who voiced the Doctor for the one-off episode, before the 2005 TV reboot written by Russell T Davies and starring Christopher Eccleston.

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