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Nicolas Winding Refn Offered To Direct An Episode Of 'Doctor Who' But Was Turned Down

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 27, 2012 at 11:54AM

While Nicolas Winding Refn hasn't fall down the rabbit hole of working on premium cable like many of his Hollywood colleagues have, he's not exactly a stranger to television either. He penned the Danish series "The Chosen 7" and also wrote and directed the little seen (and pretty middling) "Miss Marple: Nemesis" for ITV. But it seems over at BBC, Refn's skills were less appreciated.
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Nicolas Winding Refn Doctor Who

While Nicolas Winding Refn hasn't fall down the rabbit hole of working on premium cable like many of his Hollywood colleagues have, he's not exactly a stranger to television either. He penned the Danish series "The Chosen 7" and also wrote and directed the little seen (and pretty middling) "Miss Marple: Nemesis" for ITV. But it seems over at BBC, Refn's skills were less appreciated.

In a recent interview with Shortlist (via What Culture!) Refn reveals, "I would have loved to direct 'Doctor Who' but they didn’t want me — they turned me down last year. Maybe if they revive [1970s sci-fi series] 'Blakes 7' I could do that. I love it. It’s great. That could be fun to update."

Of course, this likely before he won Best Director at Cannes and "Drive" became a buzzworthy movie. For all the producers knew, he was just some random Danish director who didn't know how to drive who was calling them up asking to direct their critically acclaimed hit show. And it's unlikely he would've made his stamp known on the show in any major way (showrunners don't like to deviate too much from the established tone and form), but it still could've been pretty interesting.

At any rate, he might've been more inspired than he was when he took on the 'Nemesis' gig which he admits was purely for the cash. "I did two episodes of 'Marple' back to back because, basically, I needed the money. It was fun — a good experience. I really liked working with Geraldine McEwan, she was a great actress. And Amanda Burton, too," he said.

Anyway, we'll have to leave a Refn directed "Doctor Who" to the imagination, but don't fear. He's currently shooting "Only God Forgives" with his boytoy Ryan Gosling, so hopefully we'll see it some form before the year is out.

This article is related to: Nicolas Winding Refn, Doctor Who


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