Goodbye Peter Capaldi. You were a fantastic Doctor in a subpar few series. It’s not your fault, because you had some grand adventures, but I just wish the majority was more about you and not about your specific companions at the time. But who is going to materialize into the role of the Doctor? It seems like a simple question, but every time an actor decides it’s time to leave (or is decided for them… I’m sorry, Colin Baker, I love you and not a moment too soon), there’s speculation on who they’re going to cast as the Doctor. The most famous Galifreyan, the always running, always mischievous and always cunning and always kind and always an asshole… ok, I’m losing track here. What was I talking about again? Something wibbly wobbly, timey wimey I think. Ah yes, the Doctor. One of the most complex roles for any actor to play, it also is hard because of fandom because the fans (myself included) always think they know better.
“Why are they picking this guy? He’s too young!”
“Why are they picking this guy? He’s too old!”
“Why are they picking this guy? His scarf is too long!”
“Why are they picking this guy? His umbrella is too Riddler-esque!”0.
That’s just a sampling, but I’ll go on record and say I’ve loved every version of The Doctor. And yes, that includes the amazingly underappreciated Paul McGann 8th Doctor (if you judge him solely on that FOX TV movie from the 90’s, you’re missing out on tons of audio adventures that really give him time to shine) and the time Blackadder himself, Rowan Atkinson, was the Doctor (who almost made my unofficial list of actors I want to slide into the role. People will probably hate it, but that’s ok. It’s the point of a list. These aren’t in order of who I want more or less. Just on who I’m thinking of at that particular moment. And I promise no Idris Elba talk, because it seems like he pops up on every list of every character that needs an awesome actor. (I almost put Elba on this list).
Yes, I’m throwing Warwick Davis into the mix. Why? Because he’s a fine actor, who can be both funny and menacing when need be. And also it would be a complete change considering many Doctors tend to be of the tall persuasion. Hell, if you wanted to get really weird and nerdy, you can even cast him as Frobisher. That’s for all my Who comics fans out there.
One of my favorite actors today, ever since seeing him in both Children of Men and Dirty Pretty Things, I am always impressed with Ejiofor’s range as an actor. Sympathetic. Frightening. Lighthearted. Stoic. A total package of an actor who I think could give some new gravitas to the role of the Doctor.
I adore Olivia Colman. And I think she would be a perfect Doctor. Hell, even her co-star from the spectacular series Broadchurch has said that. And that co-star? None other than David Tennant, the 10th Doctor. So when you have a Doctor praising your work and hoping you’ll get it, she might be the change Who has needed for quite some time.
If you know me, you’ll know I love Matt Berry in everything he does. His voice is stellar, he can sing and play music and he’s funny as hell. If you don’t know who he is, check out Snuff Box, The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, Toast of London and AD/BC: A Rock Opera to name a few. I think the Doctor deserves a stocky actor again. And if you wanted to go full comedic Doctor, throw in Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade and Rich Fulcher to the mix as companions on his journey. I’d personally watch it.
I’ve always been a fan of Thandie Newton, but it wasn’t until her performance in Westworld where I saw the potential in her becoming the Doctor. I mean, being British of course helps, but I think her multi-layered performance last year showed her range as an actress. Also, we can have her wear what she wore in The Chronicles of Riddick if she becomes the new War Doctor.
Hey BBC, I know you’ve worked with Kaluuya many times, so I’m giving you a freebie. Get him now before he becomes the next big thing. The film Get Out is one of my most anticipated films of the year. He was in one of my favorite episodes of Black Mirror. He was in two great series showing his range, Skins and Psychoville. And he was in an episode of Doctor Who, Planet of the Dead (not the best one). So it would make sense because sometimes the Doctor likes to use a face of someone he’s met in passing throughout his adventures.
An American as the Doctor? Well, why not? Plus Gillian Anderson is loved by geeks everywhere for her portrayal as Agent Dana Scully in the iconic series The X-Files. Also, she was amazing in Hannibal and The Fall. Plus she lives in England now and has worked with the BBC many times, so I think if she’s not busy with the show American Gods (I know she will be busy), it would be a ballsy move to hire her.
I remember his name being mentioned when Matt Smith left the role, and I was on board with him. Versatility has been a mainstay with whoever gets the role of the Doctor, and Rory Kinnear definitely has that ability to be a chameleon. From Black Mirror to Penny Dreadful to the James Bond films, Kinnear brings class and a face that seems to have seen everything through time and space.
Those are my picks, but what are yours? I tried to go a bit outside the box, but I’d love to see what other suggestions Doctor Who fans have as to who should be setting up shop in the TARDIS as the 13th Doctor.