Scots comedy legend Billy Connolly was almost Doctor Who
BILLY CONNOLLY was nearly chosen to play Doctor Who.
The Big Yin almost became the Time Lord for a one-off TV movie in 1996, a role which went to Paul McGann.
The world's top Doctor Who historian, Alex Westthorp, revealed that BBC bosses put him on their shortlist when they watched him play opposite Judi Dench in the film Mrs Brown.
He said: "Billy was seriously considered for the eighth Doctor.
"Billy's acting was so good, everyone was talking about him as a serious actor.
"I think he would have brought his own unique sense of comedy to the character, and would have made an incredibly special Doctor.
"Connolly could easily have made that role his own and taken it to another level altogether."
Connolly, 67, was not the only Scot to narrowly miss out on the role, which has been held by Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant.
Paisley's Fulton Mackay almost became the fourth Doctor a year before he made his name as prison officer Mr Mackay in Porridge.
Alex said: "The third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was about to give up the role, and Fulton was in the running.
"If Fulton had taken the role, we would all have lost the pure joy of seeing him as officer Mackay."