“Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that U.K. public broadcaster The BBC initially weren’t sold on actors Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant as leading men.
Why? They weren’t “sexy enough”. Moffat tells The Radio Times:
“They said of casting David Tennant [in a mini series] as Casanova: ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier.’ With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'”
Of course both have since gone on to great success. Cumberbatch’s fame in particular has been an issue for Moffat who jokes “It can be quite annoying too if you’re scheduling a damn show.”