Does Sacha Dhawan's new gig rule him out of Doctor Who?

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Rising star Sacha Dhawan has oft been mentioned as a contender for the next Doctor Who - but a new job with the BBC might put a damper on fans' hopes.

The Marvel's Iron Fist star has signed up to lead BBC Two's The Boy with the Topknot, an adaptation of Sathnam Sanghera's bittersweet memoir about growing up in Wolverhampton's Indian community.

Dhawan will play the young Sanghera as he struggles under the weight of his family's mental illnesses and his own hope of defying an arranged marriage by dating local girl Laura (One of Us's Joanna Vanderham).

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The Boy with the Topknot also tells the story of Sanghera's parents' fraught relationship, both in the present (as played by Bend It Like Beckham's Anupam Kher and Lion's Deepti Naval) and in the past (played by Three Girls's Sam Otto and Murdered by My Father's Kiran Sonia Sawar).

"After reading Sathnam's memoir; The Boy with the Topknot, I was so excited to hear that BBC, Kudos and Parti Productions were adapting it," Sacha Dhawan said today (April 21). "Not only is it a beautiful story, but it's also funny and immensely moving. I feel incredibly proud to be playing Sathnam, and look forward to telling a story, which has already touched so many people."

Filming on the 90-minute drama will begin in the West Midlands in May, which might rule Sacha Dhawan out as Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who replacement.

Capaldi is due to begin filming his Christmas finale in the next several weeks. However, Dhawan's commitment to The Boy with the Topknot doesn't totally shut down his chances of joining Doctor Who.

There's potentially time for him to shoot a quick regeneration scene for Christmas while working on The Boy with the Topknot, before focussing full-time on Doctor Who when series 11 starts filming later this year.

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Sacha has previously said that he'd be very interested in becoming the 13th Doctor, explaining: "I've worked with [frequent Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss] quite a lot, and I think I'd bring something really exciting to it. It'd be incredibly nerve-wracking to do, to be honest. It's quite a lot of pressure.

"When the list came out, I was so honoured really that I was even considered. And that alone was kind of good enough. But who wouldn't want to do it? It's Doctor Who."

Sacha already has a Doctor Who connection from playing the series' pioneering director Waris Hussein in the 50th anniversary docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time back in 2013.

Maybe a quick trip in the TARDIS can ensure that he fits both Doctor Who and The Boy with the Topknot into his busy schedule?

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