Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who Christmas 2013. What makes this particular regeneration remarkable is that it could very well be the last one. The revelation of John Hurt as a ‘missing incarnation’ of the Doctor could very well make Smith the 12th rather than the 11th Doctor, thus making his next life the last (unless you take what was said in the Sarah Jane Smith episode regarding regenerations as canon).
The news is till new, but there are already a few hot choices for what actor could be playing the next Doctor Who in 2014.
David Threlfall is best known for playing the lead in the award-winning Shameless (UK). A talented actor with a wide range, I never would have considered him for the part, which may be why he is perfect. That said, he doesn’t fit the sexy image that the BBC has been pushing since David Tennant. This would be a step in an entirely new direction and one that the program has needed for some time.
I enjoyed he comic actor Stephen Mangan in Hyperdrive and Green Wing (still have not caught Dirk Gently or Episodes). I like Mangan a lot and think that he has a unique screen presence that could lend a lot to Doctor Who, but am unsure if the public would accept him.
The most popular choice online right now is Ben Daniels, the award-winning actor from the popular series House of Cards. This could be the strongest actor in the running, but he lacks the quirky personality and weird character that is commonly associated with the Doctor. I personally don’t see it, but he’s where the money is apparently.
A female Doctor?
It has been rumored since producer John Nathan-Turner threw out the notion on daytime TV back in 1983 when Peter Davison was departing. Since then, it has come around now and again. Is the public ready for a female Doctor Who? If so, it would be a bold move on the BBC’s part.
For this, I am totally going to crib a few choices from Big Finish scribe Alan Barnes, mostly because I think they are interesting options.
I admit to being unfamiliar with Vicky McClure, but she did appear in the film and TV series of This is England. Not sure about this choice.
From the Mike Leigh film Naked, the TV series Clocking Off and of course the Doctor Who adventure Midnight, Sharp is one of the most accomplished actresses in this list in my opinion. She also has distinctive facial features, something that I think of as a pre-requisite for the part.
Gina McKee starred in the Borgias and the excellent film In the Loop. A superb actress, she’s just a bit too alluring and sexy to play the Doctor. But that’s not a mark on her talent and screen presence.
Amelia Bullmore is an outstanding choice. I have loved her comedic appearances in the Chris Morris series Jam and later alongside Steve Coogan in I’m Alan Partridge. Possibly my favorite option for a female Doctor.
Make your choice!
My own choice is to bring back Paul McGann, an actor who was not given a fair shot at the part on screen and is in great shape for TV. The fact that he wasn’t even approached to appear in the 50th anniversary special is frankly inexplicable to me, hence the animated image below.
Sadly, the image is not showing up, but it showed an angry McGann kicking a smug cheerful Moffat out of his desk chair.