Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Nigel Farage becoming the next Dr Who, following rumours that the UKIP leader is being lined up to play the timelord's twelfth incarnation.
A source at the BBC confirmed they were in discussion with the MEP, commenting, ‘we think Nigel could make a terrific Dr Who. He’s funny and eccentric. He looks a bit weird, and his hard line on immigration will really help him to save the earth from alien aggressors.’ Unconfirmed reports also suggest that scripting has already begun on two new stories, ‘The Bulgarian Invasion’ and ‘Common Fisheries Policy of the Daleks.’
Farage has previously made no secret of his desire to broaden his appeal with more TV work. In an interview with last month’s edition of ‘Practical Xenophobe’ magazine he explained,
‘I’ve always thought that being successful in politics is not just about winning the hearts and minds of the voters, but also about conquering the world of light entertainment as well. But until now, other than reaching boot camp on Popstars – The Rivals, I’ve not had much luck getting on anything. ‘
‘Me being the Doctor could really broaden the appeal of UKIP. Our research shows that there’s a lot of euro sceptic, borderline racist children out there, and one day, they will turn into voters.’
While some have criticised the move, Mr Farage has found a surprise ally in former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ann Widdecombe, who commented, ‘I think this is a very shrewd move. After a couple of weeks of graceless galumphing around the dance floor, I found that the public started to take me to their hearts, conveniently forgetting that I am in fact a hideous, sour faced old homophobe. If it worked for me I’m sure it will work for Nigel.’
However Farage will surely by mindful that not all forays into TV have worked for politicians. The decline of the BNP has been largely attributed Nick Griffin’s disastrous appearance on Celebrity Masterchef last year. The party leader stormed off the show after refusing to recreate a series of French classics, instead serving up a toad in the hole which chef John Torode described as ‘Lardy, half-baked and bitter, leaving a nasty taste in the mouth.’ Fellow judge Greg Wallace proclaimed it ‘Delicious!’