Kris Marshall, who plays Death in Paradise, has addressed the speculations about Doctor Who casting

Kris Marshall, who plays Death in Paradise, has addressed the speculations about Doctor Who casting ...

Kris Marshall of Death in Paradise has denied that he has ever been approached by the rumors that he might take over the TARDIS in Doctor Who.

'Next Doctor' rumors have surfaced a number of times in the last decade or so, most recently when Peter Capaldi stepped down from the role, and again when Jodie Whittaker announced her retirement.

While a return for Marshall has never been realized, the actor has pointed out that all of these rumors never really had any substance in the first place.

"I'd at least have done my research if I'd been invited to audition for a program at the forefront of TV for the past 50 years," he said of the Radio Times.

"I'm certain it's brilliant, but no, I've never been approached."

Marshall explains why the speculation may have surfaced: "I left Death in Paradise at about the same time as Peter Capaldi left Doctor Who, so the tabloids must have put two and two together to make five."

The Doctor will take on Ncuti Gatwa later this year, as will Whittaker, with his return to the show being managed by returning showrunner Russell T Davies.

In a new spin-off Beyond Paradise, Marshall will return to the world of Death in Paradise, which will center on his character Humphrey Goodman, which will be set in the United Kingdom.

"It's a rural area in the south west." He recently disclosed to Digital Spy that filming would start imminently in three weeks. "We've got the majority of the main cast, but we're sort of casting some of the supporting roles."

Doctor Who's next special will air in October 2022 on BBC One in the United Kingdom, while series 1-12 will be available on HBO Max in the United States.