Rory Kinnear is unlikely to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who, claiming he isn't exactly sure what the long-running sci-fi show is. Early this month, several bookmakers stopped taking punts on the Skyfall actor to become the new Time Lord, though Kinnear's team maintained radio silence.

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Now - apparently bemused by the speculation - the theatrical actor tells The Independent that he's never watched an episode of the BBC show and does not believe he'll be offered the job. "I don't where it came from and how these things evolve", he explained, "I haven't been and I am totally certain that I will not be asked to be the next Doctor Who. If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who, then this would be torturous, but it's a programme I've never watched, so I don't even really know what it is."

Despite his obvious talents, Kinnear would have certainly been an odd choice for the Doctor given the BBC's push to make the show more appealing to a younger audience. The departing Smith was perfect, though Kinnear's experienced is rooted in National Theatre productions and serious drama. Next month, he stars in Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (from the writer of Red Riding) about a fictional Kent coastal community that suffers a Dublane-style shooting massacre. 

So if not Kinnear, then who?

Well, the bookmakers have installed British actor Ben Daniels as the new 3/1 favourite for the role. The multi-award winning actor - who's performed across film, television and theatre - recently starred in Kevin Spacey's well received Netflix series 'House of Cards' and the family flick Jack The Giant Slayer. 

Who do you think will be the next Doctor Who?

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