Booo, bad joke
I never know who the actors are anyway so …
The writing takes a higher precedence to me than the actor. (and for me RTD has his work cut out for him)
Now, granted, he’s been dead for thirty years, but I still think he’s a good choice
Bill Corbett. Unleash true fan rage by casting an American in the role.
About nine years ago, prior to Peter Capaldi, Zawe Ashton won a poll for fan favorite to play The Doctor. She’s impressive. So are some of my long-time favorites, the stars of The Fades, who have already done so many great things since then. And Doctor Who could probably do worse than, say, Tom Hiddleston, who I thought did very well in the series The Night Manager.
But those may or may not be a good match for the possibly new direction, tone or style of the show, and whatever new personality traits and quirks the new regeneration bring.
Russell T Davies (the new and returning showrunner, if that needs to be clarified) produced both a serious and delightful Doctor Who show at the start of the new era, and I look forward to seeing what’s next. He still seems to have tons of energy and zeal for the show. He also has seen how grueling playing the Doctor can be, which should help him pick a great actor (gender-neutral term) who can also handle the demands of the job.
As long as it’s not Hugh Grant like I heard was being threatened (although Hugh himself shot that rumor down). I think we’ve had enough middle-aged to old white men in the role over the years; we need to go in a different direction. Either that or get a ginger actor (the Phelps twins, or Rupert Grint as has already been suggested) so he’ll/she’ll finally be ginger. But I’d actually love to see a black, Asian, or Latinx Doctor for once. Seems like we’re due for that.
I never would have thought of him, but now that you say it…
Rowan Atkinson. He’s done it before.
So I was trying to think of who could fit the Doctor’s character, play that mix of whimsical and witty but also deadly serious but also able to bring something fresh and interesting…and not a white dude… Oddly enough Sandra Oh was the first person who came to mind
When it was announced that the next (current) Doctor would be female, I really wanted it to be Karen Gillian or Catherine Tate…
Would have paid off both a female Doctor and…
Immediately after regenerating, she’d be able to exclaim, “GINGER!”
Maybe it can still happen?
Tracey Ullman, Rebel Wilson, Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Billy Connolly, Richard Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry, Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran, or Patrick Stewart.
But seriously, you do need somebody who can go from comedy to serious on a dime, and you can believe is really a 900+ year old alien, so until he simply gets too old for the role, I’m going to keep championing for Stephen Mangan. Who ticks absolutely all the boxes, and like Capaldi and Tennant, is a big Doctor Who fan, so he’d absolutely relish the role. He’s also already got Tom Baker’s hair.
In terms of female Doctors, my preferred choice has always been Michelle Dockery.
Again, she’s got that great mix of humor/seriousness/alienness. And basically, if you’re looking for a demo real, you need to look no further than this one extremely Doctor-y scene from Hogfather:
Billy Connolly would be bonkers!
A shame as it can never happen, but I think Meat Loaf in the 1990s- early 2000s would have had the eccentric charm to be one of the few Americans that could have pulled off the character.