Red Dwarf and Coronation Street star Craig Charles has said he is interested in playing the Doctor.

Speaking to the Purple Revolver the actor has said he is keen to be the first black actor to play the Time Lord in Doctor Who.

He said "Yeah, having a black Doctor would be double cool. To be asked by the Beeb would be great, it's such a classic show.

"But I think there would probably be too much cross-over with Red Dwarf, as we've got a new series lined up next year."

He added "Also, I would have to grit my teeth a bit, because the thing about Doctor Who that always annoyed me was the graphics are crap."

He continued: "But, even if I can't be the first black Doctor, I am the first black man to own a house on Corrie, which is as good a claim to fame."

Red Dwarf, in which Charles plays Dave Lister, returned to Dave for a short run last year and is expected to return again in 2014.