These actors could become the next Doctor WhoFollowing Peter Capaldi’s announcement that he will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of this year’s tenth series, we’ve taken a look at some of the candidates to step into the Tardis and replace him
As any Whovian knows, the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times in his cycle, meaning the Thirteenth Doctor will be the last one. That’s the theory, at least. It’s highly likely that the laws of time and space (and the BBC’S creative writing department) will allow for future regenerations in years to come.
Either way, the next series will be something of a landmark for the show as Steven Moffat, showrunner since 2010 and involved with the show since it was revived in 2005, will be leaving along with Capaldi.
Here are 5 contenders to become the next time-travelling hero:
Profile: Cheeky chappy Danny Dyer started out playing hard men in films like The Business and The Football Factory, before meeting some of the most feared people in the world in the Bravo documentary series Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men. In recent years he’s been pulling pints in the Queen Vic as landlord Mick Carter on EastEnders.
Doctor Who credentials: Dyer certainly fancies the role, telling the Daily Star “I’d be interested in it. I could see myself in the scarf and all that.” He has also won a National Television Award for his performance as Carter on the BBC One soap.
Verdict: A leftfield choice, Dyer would be the first cockney to play the Time Lord, and a far cry from the early series, which featured actors who were classically trained. We can’t see this happening.
Profile: Best known for playing Moss in The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade has also directed two films: Submarine and The Double. He currently ventures to different cities around the world while presenting Channel 4’s Travel Man, and is a regular on the network’s Big Fat Quiz of the Year.
Doctor Who credentials: As a filmmaker, documentary maker, actor and comedian, Ayoade has many strings to his bow. His star turn as Moss boosted his nerd credentials, and he’s also set to present the new series of The Crystal Maze, which was previously helmed by Doctor Who-esque actors Richard O’Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole.
Verdict: With his distinctive afro hairstyle and smart dress sense, Ayoade would certainly look the part. His comic sensibility would be a huge plus, but doubts linger over his ability to hit the dramatic heights required for the role. Unlikely.
Profile: James Norton became an overnight star in 2014, taking on two major television roles. He played villain Tommy Lee Royce in crime series Happy Valley, and a sleuthing vicar in 1950s-set drama Grantchester.
Doctor Who credentials: Norton has demonstrated his versatility by playing a range of heroes and villains, and he even starred in the 2013 Doctor Who episode “Cold War” as a Soviet Union soldier. A rising star of British television, he’s destined for great things.
Verdict: The role of Twelfth Doctor may have come a bit too early in Norton’s career, as he only established himself as a lead actor three years ago. Perhaps not this time around, but a contender for the Thirteenth Doctor.
Profile: Having made her name on sitcoms like Peep Show and Rev, in recent years Olivia Coleman has branched out to serious dramatic roles. She has starred opposite Tenth Doctor David Tennant in crime drama Broadchurch, and won several awards playing a domestic abuse victim in the film Tyrannosaur.
Doctor Who credentials: The Doctors have been exclusively male since the series began, but there have been calls in recent years for a woman to take the role. If the producers do decide to cast a female Time Lord, they’ll be hard-pushed to find a better candidate than Coleman – who possesses a great comic and dramatic range.
Verdict: Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall will be taking over from Steven Moffat as Doctor Who showrunner, and he’ll know about Coleman’s talents as much as anyone. She’s certainly in with a great chance if producers do decide to make the next Doctor female.
Profile: Best known for playing Q in the James Bond outings Skyfall and Spectre, Ben Whishaw has also starred in acclaimed films such as Cloud Atlas, The Lobster and The Danish Girl. He’s also starred in the West End alongside Judi Dench and Rupert Grint.
Doctor Who credentials: Whishaw’s incarnation of Q is younger than his predecessors, and also much more of a tech whizz, so these nerd points should ensure that he wouldn’t have much trouble handling a sonic screwdriver.
Verdict: At just 36, the casting of Whishaw would see the Doctor return to the youthful days of David Tennant and Matt Smith. He earns geek points for his role as Q, and he’s a recognised member of the British acting establishment. We think there’s every chance he’ll be facing off with the Daleks in series 11.