"I suppose you all know that Tim Spall is in final talks to be the new Doctor Who? New TV movie scheduled 8.00pm BBC 1 on 23 Nov 2003, script ready-ish, pre-prod designs done, Elstree booked out for July 03, CGI being farmed, but production in-house". As one popbitcher said - "how the fuck is he supposed to fit through the doors of the Tardis?".
Still, weight aside, he would be a great Doctor and a better bet than the other actor who was rumoured (mainly by me via feeble showbiz connections) to be in contention - Ken Dodd.