Regeneration can be a touchy subject for many Doctor Who fans. Losing the current Doctor, especially one to whom you felt connected, can be devastating. At the same time, it’s hard not to be hopeful about the next person to fill the Doctor’s shoes. Casting rumours about the next Doctor have been floating around ever since Peter Capaldi announced that his time in the TARDIS would be coming to an end. For a while, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (soon to be seen in the Han Solo film) was a top contender. Unfortunately, her production company recently took to Twitter to quash those rumours (for the love of Antiope don’t read the comments):
— DryWrite (@DryWrite) July 5, 2017
Who Should Be The Next Doctor?
So, if it’s not Waller-Bridge, who is the top contender? For now, it looks like it is Kris Marshall, probably best known in North America as Colin “the god of sex”, in Love, Actually. Still, nothing is set in stone and there are very few things Whovians love to do more than speculate. With that in mind, here are our top picks for the next Doctor.
How You Know Her: D.S. Ellie Miller on Broadchurch, Godmother on Fleabag, Angela Burr on The Night Manager, the creepy mother in Doctor Who’s “The Eleventh Hour”, PC Doris Thatcher on Hot Fuzz
Why Olivia Coleman? Coleman is a fantastic comedic and dramatic actor, with incredible range. She recently won a Golden Globe for her work on The Night Manager, a role that showcased her amazing talent. Coleman has also worked with incoming show-runner Chris Chibnall before on Broadchurch (a series that, much like Doctor Who, requires a literal tonne of Kleenex to make it through but is very much worth it). While costar David Tennant shot down rumours of Coleman’s casting, he initially supported her involvement, saying she’d be a “magnificent choice.” Maybe he passed the message along to Chibnall.
How You Know Her: Tracey in Chewing Gum, the Airport Stewardess in Black Mirror’s “Nosedive”, Lilyhot in The Aliens
Why Michaela Cole? If you have any doubts as to the acting talents of Michaela Cole, just watch an episode of Chewing Gum, the show she created, wrote, and stars in, on Netflix. In just one episode you’ll see she has the ability to bring the Doctor’s absurd, charming, tragic, and heartfelt nature to life. She’s funny, emotional, and quirky without being over-the-top or annoying. She’d be an awesome choice for the next Doctor, especially if the show wants to cast a younger actor. It would avoid feeling like a rehash of the Matt Smith years while still giving off a that type of young charm. Michaela Cole has denied these rumours, twice, but still tops betting lists across the UK. Maybe they know something we don’t?
How You Know Her: Mia Bennet in Doctor Who’s “The Waters of Mars”, Soo Lin Yao in Sherlock’s “The Blind Baker”, Charlotte in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and Quintessa in Transformers: The Last Knight
Why Gemma Chan? Cham has a successful career in television, theatre, and film, with roles in many popular shows such as Sherlock and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. She also starred in Humans, a hit sci-fi series from AMC and Channel Four, along with William Hurt. Chan brings something different to each role, and clearly has range and depth as an actor. Prior to becoming an actor she attended law school, where she undoubtedly acquired skills the Doctor would find incredibly useful.
How You Know Him: Joshua Naismith in Doctor Who’s “The End of Time”, the Martian Manhunter in Supergirl, Joel Steadman in The Night Manager, David Estes in Homeland
Why David Harewood? Admittedly, this is another long shot, as Harewood is currently playing the role of the Martian Manhunter in Supergirl. Still, as he himself said, since he’s “already playing an alien…maybe [he] could switch and play a Time Lord – who knows what’s going to happen.” Harewood has the right balance of humour and gravitas that is the Doctor’s trademark. There were rumours of a Black actor being approached about the role before Capaldi was cast – many insiders believe the subject of those rumours was none other than Harewood. If this is true, it could mean he is more likely to take the role this time around.
How You Know Him: D.C.I. John Luther in Luther, Heimdall in the Thor series, Krall in Star Trek Beyond, Janek in Prometheus, Charles Miner in The Office, Russell ‘Stinger’ Bell in The Wire
Why Idris Elba? Elba is the subject of just about any discussion when legacy characters are brought up. Fans seem to want him to step in to the roles of James Bond and/or the Doctor, and it is easy to see why. He is an action star with an almost effortless sense of talent and charisma. While his roles are primarily dramatic, he has a lighthearted side that comes out in interviews and behind the scenes clips. Both these qualities are characteristic of the Doctor, making him an ideal candidate. At the very least, he has one fan in his corner. Former Doctor Who guest star Maisie Williams said she is “all for Idris Elba” as the next Doctor (volunteering herself in his place in case his schedule is simply too packed).
How You Know Him: Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd, Jamarcus in The Watch, every British panel show ever including Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, and The Fake News Show
Why Richard Ayoade? He is best known for his comedic roles, a quality that would make for a lighter Doctor. Sources tell The Sun that “Richard is very highly thought of in the industry and is well liked. BBC Bosses have discussed him as an option to replace Peter as they think he would bring something different to the role.” As can be expected, BBC declined to report on the allegations.
While we are pretty sure the next Doctor will likely be another white male, it is fun to speculate that perhaps, BBC will break the mould and introduce some diversity to this particular role, especially given the support from former cast members. Some say that the language of the last episode lend some credibility to the theory that the next Doctor may be a woman, while others feel like it would be too big a leap for the BBC to make, instead speculating that execs will opt for a Doctor of colour. What about you? What do you think? Our friends (despite their misguided views on 90s boybands) at FingerGuns also put together an interesting list. Check it out and let us know what you think. Who do you think will be the next Doctor?
Ashley is a freelance writer and office manager, who enjoys reading, crafting, and archery. She collects comic books, stationary, and empty journals that for some reason never see a pen. Ashley spends her free time enjoying bright lights in the dark, counting down the months until new Doctor Who, and watching Daily Show alumni on late night TV