Doctor Who: 5 Men Who Were Almost The Doctor
But It Was Almost: Musical star Ron Moody was nominated for a Tony and an Academy Award for the role of Fagin in Lionel Bart's Oliver. At his best playing loveable if slightly shady characters, Moody made a name for himself in children's programming... but only after turning down the role of The Doctor. He later remarked to people that doing so was the worst mistake of his career, and to this day every time he hears the theme song he kicks himself.
Moody, too, did eventually get involved in the show, playing the Duke of Wellington in the radio program Other Lives.