After much speculation and amidst a torrent of fan anticipation, it was recently announced that would be playing the new Doctor Who. Capaldi would make the twelfth incarnation of the popular BBC time/space-traveling hero. As much buzz as has surrounded Capaldi, the story has been as much about who wasn't cast in the role as who was. It was just revealed that (The World's End) was actually offered the part before it went to Capaldi, but turned it down. Speaking with Express UK, Nighy confirmed this...
"I will say that I was approached. But I didn't want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to Doctor Who or anything, I just think that it comes with too much baggage."
I have mixed feelings about this news. Many people criticized the series, and I believe rightfully so, for once again hiring a white male for a character that is famous for regenerating in different forms; as opposed to something more progressive like an African-American actor or a woman. Given that I agree with this sentiment, I feel guilty thinking about how much I would have enjoyed seeing Nighy as The Doctor. He even appeared as Dr. Black in a 2010 episode. Still, I don't think it really changes the argument to know that Nighy was approached first.
What do you guys think?