Bill Nighy played the uncredited role of Dr Black in the Doctor Who story Vincent and the Doctor. This episode was written by Richard Curtis, with whom Nighy had worked several times. The Sunday Times reported in 2003 that Nighy had been approached to play the Ninth Doctor, supposedly singled out by Russell T Davies.
Nighy has enjoyed many film and television appearances. Some of his more famous are The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Love Actually, The Boat that Rocked, the Underworld film series and the second and third instalments of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies as Davy Jones. He also starred in Shaun of the Dead with Simon Pegg and Penelope Wilton.