Paterson Joseph, pictured left, has been talking to The Independent about his audition for the role of The Eleventh Doctor. On discovery that his name had been connected to the coveted role he said:
"I was in South Africa at the time, and I think if I'd been in England I probably would have suffered some sort of trauma. But I'll be very honest with you. I was overjoyed."
He then goes on to say that at that point his agent had not been contacted but then flew to the UK to audition for the role, adding:
"But then I came back and I think I pretty much knew that I hadn't got it [the part went to Matt Smith], and weirdly wasn't disappointed. I walk down the street and no one knows me, but if I were the Doctor, that would certainly be the case [that people would know him]. Even in France where I live, it would still be the case."
Joseph, who starred in the 2005 two-parter Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, concludes: "It's an accolade. Years later, I'm still being asked that question and I'm not embarrassed by it. It tickles me pink because I didn't even have to do the job and yet I got a bit of kudos!"