So with one episode of series ten and a Christmas special to go, Peter Capaldi’s period as the Time Lord is coming to an end. It is a shame to see Capaldi leaving as he has been a good Doctor, some of the stories might have been disappointing, but an actor of course can only work with what is in front of him. When he has had a good story, boy has he played a blinder.
As I write this, the next Doctor is not even known. Names have been bandied about, conclusions have been made, but no official announcement has been put out by the BBC or Moffatt himself. With just under six months to go until the Christmas Special, we can only speculate as to who it could be and who it couldn’t be. So that is what Im going to do, but before that Im just going to share a thought or two on the direction of the sex of the Doctor.
For me its a shame to see Peter Capaldi leave the show as I have enjoyed his portrayal of the doctor, it was good to see an older person to play the doctor after Tennant and Smith. From this latest season I have also enjoyed the companions Nardol and Bill. Whether we see Bill again is all in the air, but who knows what will happen.
Historically the Doctor as we know has always been played by a male actor. Some of Britain’s finest actors to grace tv and stage have portrayed the Gallifreyan, the likes of Troughton, Pertwee, Tennant,Pertwee,Davidson, Eccleston, McGann, Baker and Baker. Matt Smith of course is still breaking out into the film world but that isn’t to say he is rubbish. He was relatively unknown to the world when he became the doctor. Let’s though return to the point. We have yet to see a female play the Time Lord, why is that? I don’t know. After all we have seen a female lead in Star Trek for example.
I wouldn’t have an issue with a female Doctor, after all we have seen a female take on the Master, which to be honest has been an interesting turn. I’m sure opinion has been quite mixed up and down the country and around the world where there are viewers of the iconic tv show. What I would though have an issue is for a female doctor just for the sake of it just to tick a box as it were. It should also be about who is cast. You could have a really good female actress or one that ends up coming over poor. To be the doctor regardless of sex, they ultimately need to be able to portray the doctor in the typical comedic moments, but also have the convincing ruthless side that the character has and has been seen throughout the various portrayals.
So let’s kick off with some of those who have been linked for the next Doctor and unfortunately the leading name is one that somehow could ruin the role.
Why should we be even considering this man as the next Doctor, I’m sure many of you will not need to know why he shouldn’t be anywhere near this iconic role. He featured in My Family, a tv sitcom that in reality should have been really good given the leading cast members, but sadly it was purely average especially when they started bringing in extra characters who were about as funny as getting a parking ticket. When he did leave, he said he wanted to go onto better things. Those better things turned out to be BT ads. Of course he did star in Death in Paradise, but admittedly I havent seen that so can’t judge on that. Even if he did pull off a good performance in Death In Paradise, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he would be able to pull it off performing as the Doctor.
Ben Wishaw is one who has been linked with the doctor. Known for his portrayal of Q in the James Bond films, he could be putting it the 007 role behind him and move onto another iconic role. Wishaw of course is a well trained actor and has appeared in the cinema, on tv and the stage. He could quite easily fit into the role of the doctor. He as featured in both comedic and straight roles. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to be chosen given his previous links after the departure of Matt Smith as the Doctor. If he can master Q, then he can easily take on the mantle of the Doctor.
Another popular candidate, famous for the role of Maurice Moss in the IT crowd. His geeky character and persona would help. The only issue now though is that he is now fronting the Crystal Maze, so it would be unlikely that he would have the time to commit to becoming the new Doctor, that is unless Channel 4 were to suddenly drop the show. This of course may cause fans of that show to be slightly miffed and all too late for Ayoade. Having seen the first CM show, he could easily pull off the sarcastic and droll side of the Doctor.
I also heard that Anthony Head was linked to becoming the next Doctor. Now that would be interesting, the actor isn’t shy of appearing in sci and fantasy as we know. He’s been in Buffy, Merlin, Warehouse 13 and of course Doctor Who itself as the Headmaster back in the Tennant era. Given that Peter Capaldi once appeared in the show and went on to become the Doctor, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for Head to join the ranks. I think it would really work with him as the doctor although I imagine the fangirls would not be happy with another older actor portraying the Doctor. I imagine though he won’t be in the top three.
It’s not just about the men, during the final two episodes there have been hints as to the next doctor being female with different lines coming out regarding female. Naturally it could be a red herring but it could be time for a female doctor. There has been talk that a female doctor would bring the show to the 21st century, which is weird as we have seen a lesbian companion, a bi character, same sex companionship albeit one human and one alien character. At the same time whilst it would be great to see a female doctor, it should be done naturally, not because people are calling for one.
One of the leading female candidates is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. I don’t know much about Phoebe, although I did see her in the fantastic Broadchurch series, where she appeared as Abbey Thompson, who was the junior barrister to Joe Miller’s Defence QC. Her series Fleabag is quite successful an a second series is being filmed late in 2017 to be shown in 2018. I imagine that should she become the new doctor, her Fleabag show may have to be rescheduled if filming for Doctor Who and Fleabag clashes. Not only that, but she has the little Star Wars spin off film that though is a one off so wouldn’t conflict with further filming. Should Waller-Bridge be the new Doctor, she would be one of the youngest actors to portray the much much older Doctor.
Olivia Colman is another name that has been linked and would be an ideal candidate, having had a career in comedy and drama, she would seem perfect for the role. Like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, she appeared in Broadchurch thus working with Chris Chibnall who will be taking over from Moffat. We have seen her wide range of output comedy wise along with a wide range of straight roles including the previously mentioned Broadchurch and the popular drama The Night Manager. She has also funnily enough previously appeared in the first episode of the Matt Smith era in Doctor Who.
It will be interesting to see who is the next doctor and how long we will have to wait until the announcement. Maybe just maybe they will keep it secret so we don’t find out until we see the regeneration take place towards the end of the Christmas Special.