To all of us Whovians (Doctor Who fans if you aren’t familiar with the lingo), we received some bad news at the weekend.
Our Beloved Matt Smith, who has played the 11th Doctor (The Master of the Bow Tie) since 2010 when dreadfully the 10th Doctor got ripped out of our sights after a radiation sacrifice, is leaving the role of Doctor Who.
Now it’s only been 2/3 days and speculation has already started on who is going to be the 12th Doctor. It’s not really a role that can be taken lightly, considering Doctor Who has a HUGE fan base (well it has been going since the 60’s). People of all ages love it, but the Doctor only has 13 lives. It’s not like a one time role where one person plays this character and when they die it is over with. Neither is it like, he can live forever- although you never know something could happen. Each person who plays the role of the Doctor needs to bring character and personality to the role, or else they have to answer to the fan base. I’ve mentioned how deadly Twilight fans are in the past, well actually if you put them in a fight, I believe Doctor Who fans would win. But the Actor needs to earn his place, make it seem like he deserves to be counted as one of the Doctors… Example, The 8th Doctor. Some people don’t really believed he deserves to be counted as he was only in one movie, the others have gone for series and series of TV- Unless you count the 9th Doctor… I’m not even touching that issue, he apparently left for personal issues.
THESE NAMES ARE WHAT MEDIA HAVE SUGGESTED. NOTHING IS OFFICIAL.
The Bookies favourites to become the 12th Doctor
Rupert Grint. Yes Ron Weasley is rumoured to be the 12th Doctor. I have mixed reviews about this. I love the idea of a ginger Doctor- There is always a line about the Doctor wanting to be ginger. Plus, we all know Rupert can act. If you haven’t seen proof of this, then you either have been living under a rock and not seen any of the Harry Potter films or you haven’t watched them properly. However, the unusual thing about this suggestion is that none of the past Doctor’s have been A-List celebrities. They have been amazing actors, but none of them have really come from a massive fan base in the first place. So, ok it is possible this could happen, he’s good at acting and he’s British. Doctor Who would be like jumping to another fan base… Woah Rupert Grint could take over the world if this happens, create an army out of the masses of Harry Potter and Doctor Who fans. Forget it. LET THIS HAPPEN! Although first he might need to sort out the fangirls who are in love with him to make sure they aren’t fighting against each other while taking over the world.
Russell Tovey. Played George the werewolf in the UK’s version of Being Human, has also been in BBC’s Sherlock (So, has actually worked with Moffat).
The thing what I see as against him, is he has been in Doctor Who before. Now, Freema Agyeman had a similar thing, she was in the end of series 2 and died then, but came back series 3 as a different character- the Doctor’s new companion Martha Jones- It turned out the character Freema played at the end of series 2 was Martha’s cousin. Now, that was Russell T. Davis’ world, so Moffatt could possibly try something like that. 99% that wouldn’t work. The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords, so no cousins- Though the question is WHAT HAPPENED TO JENNY??? Or if you want to go back to the 20th century WHAT HAPPENED TO SUSAN?? (This is where most of you who weren’t born in the 1960’s/70’s or haven’t watched Old Who go, “Who’s she?” But this idea of bringing Russell Tovey back wouldn’t work as he was clearly not the Doctor in that episode also the Doctor has rules about crossing over his own timeline. Yes, he’s a good actor, but as he’s already been in Doctor Who, it’s going to take one hell of a story line to explain why he was in a previous one as some other humanoid. They’ve gone down the human doctor route, series 4 with the 10th Doctor, they will be bringing him back for the 50th anniversary episode in November.
-By the way, Susan was a character travelling with the first Doctor, she was also his Granddaughter. I know it’s been hinted in New Who all the Time Lords/the Doctor’s family are dead, but I want an official confirmation.
They are the bookies favourites, Some other names that have been mentioned, some which are possibly really unlikely.
Martin Freeman, played Watson in Sherlock, so has and still is working with Moffat so this is a possibility but it depends on hisschedule. I’m not sure when the new series of Doctor Who will start filming but Martin has to get though series 3 of Sherlock and a new Hobbit film. I’m not sure if there is anything else, I’m not bothering to look on IMDB.
Richard Ayoade- played Moss in the IT Crowd. Now if this happens… Pretty sure I will love it. I just want to see this happen even if he just does a spoof.
Colin Morgan was Merlin in… Merlin. Also has been in Doctor Who before- series 4- So, we could have a similar problem to Tovey. I would love it though if he did return.
Tom Hiddleston… My Lord and Master. In the world of Marvel, you will know him as Loki. If he is the next Doctor Who, like Rupert, he has a chance of taking over the world. He can merge all the Thor/Avenger/Marvel fans with the Doctor Who ones.Also, Doctor Who might see a rise of female fans… and I will have to watch Doctor Who episodes more than my usual 3 times in 24 hours (Don’t judge me) as the first time I might be too busy staring and giggling over his amazingness.
Benedict Cumberbatch played Sherlock in… Sherlock. Also has been the villain in Star Trek into Darkness (2013). He’s worked with Moffat before so that’s a plus. I cannot even start to describe what else he has in his favour… *daydreaming*
I’ll just leave this here to prove his awesomeness-
There is also speculation that the next Doctor could be female, but to be honest. Those rumours came up when David Tennant (10th Doctor) first announced he was leaving the show, I have a feeling they will also show up when the 12th Doctor is ready to step down. Ok, I’m all for female rights, it will show some equality, the females have always been the companion to the Doctor. On the other hand, I can see why it won’t really be done. Majority of the audience and fans are comfortable with a male Doctor. I think the risk of taking on another male actor is a large one for the crew, you won’t know how the audience will respond till they have seen the first episode. But taking on an actress, to portray the Doctor, signing them on to do a series and taking up a generation cycle, is an even bigger risk. The crew basically have one try to get this right. For any acting job you need the right person. With Doctor Who you need to factor in it’s history and audience as well. It’s not like they have created a new alien for the Doctor to fight off, where they want the audience to feel some negativity. Writers and the rest of the crew need the audience to feel comfortable with this character. Telling someone their favourite hero is now a female may take a while to adjust.