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Neil Gaiman Reveals That One Black Actor Has Turned Down the Doctor Who Role

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | August 6, 2013 | Comments ()


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The multi-faceted, multi-talented, and lovely Neil Gaiman says that, while he likes the choice of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, he is also disappointed that a person of color wasn’t chosen. In fact, he had someone in mind (and also reveals that a black actor was approached before Matt Smith in casting the 11th Doctor, though he won’t reveal who it was). Also, ELBAAAAA. (RadioTimes)

Speaking of Idris Elba, I don’t always agree with everything that the UK’s Mirror writes, but that’s only because they don’t title every article, “30 indisputable reasons why Idris Elba is the coolest actor in the history of everything.” (The Mirror)

With five days to until the Breaking Bad final season premiere, here are the 10 Biggest Oh Sh*t moments in the series’ first 54 episodes. Go ahead, yell at me because I missed your favorite Oh Sh*t moment. (Uproxx)

Speaking of “Breaking Bad,” here are the 5 dumbest things people have done in real life after seeing it on the show. (Underscoopfire)

Just so you know, Harrison Ford thinks it’d be “perfectly appropriate” to bring back Indiana Jones. (Slashfilm)

In honor of “The O.C.’s” 10th anniversary, the fabulous Fug Girls put together a terrific and necessary retrospective on Peter Gallagher’s eyebrows. (GFY)

Meanwhile, Steven Hyden looks at the influence of “The O.C.” on indie rock. (Grantland)

Did you know that only Spike Lee is allowed to call things “Spike”? No. You didn’t. Because it’s not true. (Cracked)

Hey! Michael Sheen has a new girlfriend. She’s Caitlin Fitzgerald, his new co-star on Showtime’s “Master of Sex.” This is what she looks like.

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The 2003 audition tapes for NBC’s “The Office” will be on the ninth season DVD this September, but you can watch Seth Rogen’s audition for Michael Scott, Adam Scott’s for Jim Halpert, as well as Bob Odenkirk, John Cho, and Kathryn Hahn’s auditions here. (WG)

When a commenter says of Tom Hiddleston, “I vomited into my mouth a little. This guy turns my stomach. I detest him” that’s how you know you’re not on Pajiba anymore. Different strokes, yo. (Celebitchy)

Never ask a woman at a crowded baseball game if she will marry you if you DON’T ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER. I couldn’t even watch. (Videogum)

Last night on “The Colbert Report,” Stephen had Sir Hugh Laurie on to demonstrate the differences between what can be said on cable networks and what can’t be said on networks, which basically amounted to Hugh Laurie saying lots of things like “thumb in butt.”

And you didn’t think today was going to be great when you woke up.




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  • Jen

    I Hate CELEBITCHY! The Assholes who write it and the regular commenters who behave like under sexed teenagers and soccer moms with a chip on their shoulder. Everyone of them desperately need to get laid NOW!

  • e jerry powell

    Okay, I'm calling it now. Spike Lee is over at the end of this year, if not sooner.

  • TK the Other (de-lurking)

    Gaiman did name the TARDIS Idris. (and Sexy) A lot of unrequited love, there.

  • TK the Other (de-lurking)

    After the surprising lack of hatred for Mumford and Sons yesterday (I happen to enjoy them-- sometimes it's nice not to be surprised) I thought you might want to see what happens when M and S take Elba into a video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • emmalita

    Well that just added fuel to my waking up with Idris Elba fantasies.

  • Detest him? Sheesh.I mean, the guy does absolutely nothing for me and I am entirely confused by the ridiculous levels of love for him, but he's just a guy. He seems like a nice guy. I don't find him at all attractive, but to say repulsed? Rein it back a bit, asshat.

  • Ian Fay

    And there's my new phone ringtone.

  • Sherry

    I'm not quite sure you've lived until you've heard the good Sir Hugh Laurie say "man tits." I don't know what to do with myself now.

  • BWeaves

    Hugh Laurie was knighted? Sir Hugh, it is.

  • DataAngel

    The author has branded the failure to cast a non-white star as the Time Lord "a missed opportunity" and revealed Peep Show star Paterson Joseph as his personal choice.

    SEE! I'm not alone in my love of Paterson Joseph as the Doctor.

  • kildarepaul

    Patterson was a favorite in the betting last time before Smith got it. The Gaiman connection is his portrayal of the Marquis DeCarabas in the Everwhere mini series. Would have made a great Doctor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • DataAngel

    That was my introduction to Mr Joseph. I've wanted him to be the Doctor since Neverwhere. I was pleased when he actually turned up in an episode and I'm going to continue to hold out hope that he gets the part one day.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I am baffled whenever I encounter anything other than pure adoring love for Tom Hiddleston. When a friend of mine met him at Comic Con, she asked him to pose for a picture with two adorable stuffed versions of Thor and Captain America. He thought they were hilarious and started playing with them, and posed for a picture nibbling on BabyThor's head. He is a perfect human.

  • emmalita

    *Sploosh*

  • BendinIntheWind

    UPDATE: Definitive proof that he is THE BEST:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Monica

    I just swooned.

  • John W

    I wonder how long before there's talk of recasting Indiana Jones with a younger actor.

    And before you guy start pulling out your bullwhips, remember they recast Captain Kirk.

    Bond, Batman and Superman have been recast so often it's not even funny.

    And yes I already agree with you that they should let the series ride off into the sunset but you know that's not going to happen because money and lack of ideas in Hollywood.

  • Milly

    The Stath as Indy.

  • pajiba

    ELBA as INDY.

    (First)

  • rio

    Elba as everything, I kinda want a Being John Malkovich world where everyone has the face of Idris Elba.
    Being Idris Elba, reboot it Hollywood, you seam so fond of them, get on that shit, and make it a porn.

  • I call insider trading! Shouldn't you be writing something over on that other site, just to give the rest of us a chance?!

  • Elba wearing the Indy hat would break pajiba.

  • InternetMagpie

    ELBA WITH A WHIP.

  • emmalita

    I think I just got pregnant.

  • Tinkerville

    Holy shit, YES! I will gut punch Spielberg if they even think of having Shia Labeouf fill his shoes.

  • Wigamer

    This belongs here. Because I said so.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Hey baby, I'd like to wrinkle your linen.

    Also, Wigamer is a scholar and a gentleperson.

  • Wigamer

    I am shocked--shocked, I tell you--at the appalling lack of shirtless Idris Elba pictures on the Internet. It's like he wants us to respect him for his acting ability and abundance of class. Psshh.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And in the one we can find he's all dusty!

  • Wigamer

    I still don't understand that picture. It has no context. Is he near an active volcano? It makes me think too much, which is the opposite of what I desire in a shirtless Idris Elba picture.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Say, Wigamer, are you with us on FB?

  • Wigamer

    Only for the last week or so.

  • emmalita

    How do we know you are you on FB? You know, so I can impose my friendship upon you. (I'm the one with the lion wearing a lioness.)

  • Wigamer

    Wait, NOW I am. In limbo, seeking approval as Wig Amer.

  • emmalita

    Woooooo! Prepare to be boarded!!! Or friended, or something.

  • Wigamer

    I shall welcome said boarding!

  • ed newman

    "appealing lack"?

    I'm not sure if this is a typo or the start of the Elba backlash here on Pajiba.

  • I knew someone had to do this today, right after Dustin's scolding this morning...thank you for restoring order @3aefd472813717325dca26b43f41929b:disqus

  • Wigamer

    Typo, because HELL NO.

  • Kala

    I know. Quite honestly, it's starting to piss me the hell off. Mama's Fantasy Bank needs regular deposits in order to get sufficient withdrawals.

    Off with the shirt, Idris.

  • Artemis

    Can't disagree with your Oh Sh*t list. There are about 10 more I'd like to add, but I wouldn't knock any of yours off for them.

    (Though I might have scene from Half Measures at #1. I screamed at the TV so much after that happened that my roommate (who did not watch BB because he's an idiot) came running out into the living room because he thought I was being murdered.)

  • Another Kate

    Esoteric fact of the day: Before she spun into Michael Sheen's orbit, Caitlin Fitzgerald was a prolific knitwear model. Behold:

    (Okay, maybe it's not THAT esoteric. Also, Eddie Redmayne modeled some extremely goofy-looking sweaters for Rowan Yarns back around 2002.)

  • marya

    HA! I was going to post that she absolutely looks like someone who should be named "Caitlin Fitzgerald." As if a mad scientist in a lab set out to create the Waspiest, most New Englandy rich girl he could conceive of, and BOOM, Caitlin Fitzgerald was born. I had no idea it could get any better, and now I discover that she models hand-knitted sweaters. Does she also do Yachting Monthly, or Ivy League Times?

    (In the interest of being civilized, I've got nothing against Caitlin and her ridiculously old-money cheekbones. I look like a mad scientist set out to create the world's most chubby-cheeked, non-threatening little sister type. We all got our thing.)

  • competitivenonfiction

    I KNEW I recognized her from somewhere!

  • PaddyDog

    I can't. PTSD of Sarah Linden (despite this season being quite good until the finale episode reminded me of everything that sucked about it to begin with).

  • fluff_fluff

    The Eddie Redmayne one definitively proves that homemade sweaters flatter no humans.

  • Wrong. Those particular sweaters are ridiculous. Handknit sweaters can absolutely be shaped to fit properly.

  • AgLexington

    I need one of these "inspirational shawls". NOW.

  • I own that book! I don't think I've actually knit anything from it but I have it.

  • AgLexington

    You need to get knittin', because I think you just found some clientele...

  • pajiba

    Me too!

  • Another Kate

    Caitlin can hook you up!

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Wait, there are people in this earthly realm who detest Tom Hiddleston?

    I refuse to believe so, they must be same people who deliberately chose to see Grown Ups 2 instead of Pacific Rim on opening weekend.

  • luthien26

    THIS.

  • AgLexington

    ..."that’s how you know you’re not on Pajiba anymore. Different strokes, yo." Which further solidifies my decision to not go elsewhere.

  • Natallica

    I want Hugh Laurie to be my dad. I also want him to be my lover, my best friend and even my boss. I guess my new psychiatrist is going to have a fun ride.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Enjoy the meds!

  • firedmyass

    ...and the "fun ride."

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