‘Drive’ director ‘turned down for ‘Doctor Who”

Nicolas Winding Refn claims that the BBC did not want him

Nicolas Winding Refn has revealed that he was turned down for Doctor Who.

The director scored one of last year’s most acclaimed breakouts last year with the Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive, but now he has claimed that he had thwarted ambitions to direct an episode of the BBC’s sci-fi favourite.

He told Shortlist:

I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn’t want me. They turned me down last year.

Refn however still hopes to add to the legacy of British TV science fiction, suggesting the return of another ’70s classic: “Maybe if they revive Blake’s 7 I could do that. I love it. It’s great. That could be fun to update.”

The director is no stranger to British television, having worked on ITV1’s Marple. He said: “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.”

The Danish director is planning a revival of 1976 cult favourite Logan’s Run, and in the meantime is working again with Ryan Gosling on the new film Only God Forgives.

You can watch the trailer for ‘Drive’ below.