ROBERT Carlyle has told Doctor Who bosses:"Come and get me."
The actor is one of the favourites to take over from fellow Scot David Tennant, who will quit as the Time Lord at the end of next year.
Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies has spelled out exactly what he's after: "Anyone playing him has to be capable of anything - action, heartbreak, comedy, wielding a sonic screwdriver..."
Given the 47-year-old father of three's versatile career, he more than fits the bill.
Roles have included the lead in Sunday night TV series Hamish Macbeth, and films such as The Full Monty, Eragon, Trainspotting and The World Is Not Enough.
Like ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, Robert would certainly bring extra acting skills to the role.
But there's competition. Top is David Morrissey, who appears as a Doctor in this year's Christmas special.
There's also actor Paterson Joseph, who appeared in The Beach alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who would become the show's first black Doctor. There are also rumours of the first female Doctor.
Robert laughed: "This has followed me for two years. But no one has ever approached me about it and I never wanted to talk about it because you can't talk about another actor's part.
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