Ben Miller says Death in Paradise co-star Kris Marshall would make ‘brilliant’ Doctor Who

Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole in the first two series of Death in Paradise, has previously been forced to dispel rumours that he is being considered to play the Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who. However, he does think fellow actor Kris Marshall would be an excellent fit for the role. Since leaving Death in Paradise, Ben is known mainly for portraying the lecherous Lord Featherington in Bridgerton, but he can also be seen in ITV’s new crime drama Professor T, and has recently written his fifth Christmas book, Diary of a Christmas Elf. 

Ben, 55, assured Express.co.uk that he was not in the running to play the next Time Lord after Jodie Whittaker’s character regenerated on Doctor Who. 

However, he did agree that Kris Marshall, who took over from him after two seasons of Death in Paradise, would do a fine job. 

The actor joined the main cast of BBC One’s hit show as DI Humphrey Goodman in April 2013 and stayed until its sixth series in 2017. 

Addressing rumours that either himself or Kris might be under consideration to play the Doctor, Ben said: “Well, it’s definitely not going to be me.

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“I’m very happy to see my name in the bookies’ lists, but I have to question where they get their info from. Obviously, it would be a great role to play.”

When asked about Kris, who has often come near the top of bookies’ lists, he added: “I have to say, I think that Kris would be brilliant in the role.” 

As a Doctor Who fan, Ben described how excited he was to be cast during Peter Capaldi’s era of the show. 

In an episode during season eight entitled ‘Robot of Sherwood’, the actor got the opportunity to play the story’s main villain.


“I played the Sheriff of Nottingham when Peter Capaldi was the Doctor, and it was just so much fun,” he said. 

“I was in an episode written by Mark Gatis (from The League of Gentlemen) and he was brilliant. 

“It was called the Robot of Sherwood and I was a sheriff, but also a robot. It was amazing.” 

On the most recent iteration of Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker he said: “From what I’ve seen it’s been fantastic. 

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“I love how it constantly reinvents itself. Plus, I love watching people run away from very slow things,” he joked. 

Apart from his acting work, Ben has also been busy putting together his latest Christmas book, Diary of a Christmas Elf. 

The father-of-three revealed the touching story behind why he began writing Christmas books for children. 

“When my oldest child was about nine or ten, he started to doubt whether Father Christmas was real,” he explained.

“And I thought, ‘Well I have to write a story that will convince him that Father Christmas is real’.

“So I wanted to write the origin story of Christmas and I wrote a story called The Night I Met Father Christmas about a boy called Jackson (my son’s name is Jackson) who meets him and learns all about how he became Father Christmas.”

After securing a publishing deal, Ben went on to write four more Christmas books, and his latest story, which follows the adventures of Tog the Christmas Elf, came out just last week. 

Diary of a Christmas Elf by Ben Miller is out now  (Hardback, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books) to buy for £9.99.

The festive book has been described as “a funny and heartwarming story about the true meaning of gift giving” and also features beautiful illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.


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