The Next Doctor Who: Hugh Laurie, Rupert Grint, a First Female and 17 Other TVLine Reader Ideas

The Whovians have spoken, and Doctor Whos twelfth Time Lord — aka the exiting Matt Smith‘s successor — should be a onetime genius diagnostician, filmdom’s erstwhile Ron Weasley, one of TV’s Sherlock Holmeses or a feisty female.

Or, any of the TVLine readership’s other 20 most suggested regenerations.

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We sifted through more than 400 comments and culled the casting ideas mentioned most frequently, including the aforementioned Hugh Laurie, Rupert Grint (who’s six years younger than Smith), Star Trek‘s Scotty, Idris Elba and, yes, a handful of actors currently busy with other TV gigs — but hey, anything is possible, especially when your days are likely numbered as one of most wanted terrorist Nicholas Brody!

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Flip through this slideshow of your Top 20 Doctor Who recast ideas, then tell us who from this thinned herd you’d most like to see take over the TARDIS.



Comments (292)

  • Colin Morgan!

    Comment by Becca Porter – June 3, 2013 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NO! No offense but we need the ginger it’s about time. Rupert would be so amazing but he’s to big.

      Comment by Lizzie – June 3, 2013 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I say “ginger + female”. Like, a Gillian Anderson, a Karen Gillian… A Shirley Manson…

        Comment by Delirious – June 3, 2013 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • We had a ginger female, and her name was Donna Noble (aka The Doctor Donna). We’re all entitled to our opinions, but personally, I don’t want a female Doctor.

          Comment by Erin – June 3, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I agree with you, but possibly for a different reason. I am devastated that Matt is leaving for many reasons, one of them being his undeniable heartbreaking chemistry with Jenna-Louise Coleman/Clara. They are almost to a place where they might be able to be together romantically (please, no hate for this anyone. You have your ships, I have mine.) and I think continuity is really important there. A young guy who can maintain the chemistry is exactly what Doctor Who needs.

            Comment by Callie – June 3, 2013 09:04 PM PDT  
          • Callie, I think that Damien Molony from Being Human would fit your criteria. He’s young, very talented, and he and Jenna-Louise Coleman would look great together,

            Comment by Mags – June 3, 2013 11:20 PM PDT  
        • Bringing Karen Gillian in as the Doctor would be so amazing! That would be such an amazing spin off and addition to the show!

          Comment by imjustme – June 5, 2013 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ginger Doctor Who FTW!!!

        It would be awesome to see Hugh Laurie as Doctor Who though…Cumberbatch would also fit the Doctor a bit well…I’m open to the idea of a female doctor, Amy and Jaime being the best choices.

        Comment by Cesar Moreno – June 24, 2013 11:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Hugh Laurie would’ve been a huge win.

          Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 02:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree Colin Morgan would be perfect.

      Comment by Larc – June 3, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • he already appeared on a David Tennant episode so not really an option

        Comment by abc – June 3, 2013 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It was a while ago, and he looked a bit different then, and other actors have shown up for different parts. I think he could do it and he’d be fantastic!

          Comment by asniech – June 3, 2013 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Totally agree!

            Comment by Maisie – June 3, 2013 03:48 PM PDT  
          • Definitely agree!!

            Comment by Missy – June 3, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  
        • Since when is “appearing on a previous episode” prevent someone from being cast later on as a primary character? Karen Gillan and Freema Agyeman both appeared in small roles on previous seasons before they were cast as companions.

          Although I would love to see someone besides Colin Morgan be the doctor. Richard Coyle would be a good choice imo. But if we are going to go big why not Chiwetel Ejiofor? Personally, I would love to see someone who is 1) British and 2) Not internationally famous. So please no to Freeman, Davenport, Pegg, or Elba. And a hell no to Laurie, Cumberbatch and, Grint.

          My question for whoever wrote this though is, “How in the hell did Amy Acker get on this list?” The quickest way to kill the franchise is to cast a non-brit.

          Comment by jericho – June 3, 2013 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • appearing in different episodes can be an option for supporting characters or maybe even companions, but it often becomes part of the storyline like Gwen in Torchwood, for the Doctor it is different, that would mean he crossed his own timeline, which is a big no-no.

            Comment by abc – June 4, 2013 03:22 AM PDT  
        • sure it is, Colin Baker appeared in Doctor Who in a small part before he became the Doctor

          Comment by Grant – June 4, 2013 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Romana established that TIme Lords could choose to look like someone they had met when they regenerate. Merlin, Amy, Rory, they’re all options. Well, maybe not Rory…..

          Comment by Kelly – June 11, 2013 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, yes Colin Morgan

      Comment by Missy – June 3, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! Colin Morgan. The guy has undeniable talent and would be able to convey the complexities of the Doctor in a compelling way.

      Comment by mhord – June 3, 2013 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would love to see Colin Morgan or Amy Acker – and I would be okay with Nicholas Hoult too (just because I like him though, not really because he’s the perfect fit). I personally would love for the new Doctor’s companion to be the same sex and a potential love interest. They have had romanic feelings between male/female Doctor and Companions but this would be a first I think.

      Comment by Brendan – June 4, 2013 12:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ROWAN ATKINSON 4 DOCTOR

      Comment by Anon – July 16, 2013 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Simon Pegg tweeted this morning “After a barrage of tweets on the matter, allow me to clarify, I am not in the running for, nor do I have any desire to be the next Doctor.” so i guess count him out

    Comment by Newo – June 3, 2013 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Simon Pegg already played a villian on Doctor Who

      Comment by klnd – June 3, 2013 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • As well as Anthony Head

        Comment by Joel – June 3, 2013 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Simon Pegg played Anthony Head, when?

          Comment by Waage – June 3, 2013 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • simon pegg and anthony head played villans, simon didnt play anthony

            Comment by sarah – June 4, 2013 10:46 AM PDT  
      • You are thinking of Master…and no that wasn’t him just someone similar looking.

        Comment by Trenton – June 3, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Nope, you’re thinking of John Simm, who, I guess, looks a little like Simon Pegg. Pegg played “The Editor” in “The Long Game” in series 1.

          Comment by ElKabong – June 3, 2013 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Simon Pegg played The Editor in the Series One Ep “The Long Game”

          Anthony Head was in the Series Two ep “School Reunion”

          Comment by Pocket – June 3, 2013 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No, he was in Nine’s season. Simon Pegg has been on the show.

          Comment by wooster182 – June 3, 2013 02:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • russell tovey was also in a christmas episode he played Alonso.

      Comment by sarah – June 4, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • please not another skinny white dude.

    Comment by João Amaral – June 3, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Isn’t that all the British are? (kidding people!)

      Comment by Eli – June 3, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It HAS to be a white “dude” – White people are the indigenous people of Britain, and Britain rightfully belongs to the white race. Since Doctor Who is a British show, the role should only be given to a white actor.

      Comment by redrumrunnerxx – June 3, 2013 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That comment is just an inappropriate comment for this forum. Yes it is a British show, meaning the role should be given to a British actor. But the premise of the show is the Doctor is from another planet and can regenerate so he can change sex, and color. Although, I do believe that the doctor should remain male becuse he was originally a male and this is a role for a male. Color should not make a difference based on the premise of the show,.

        Comment by T FERRIS – June 10, 2013 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • So is it okay for an American character, like Jamie Summers (the Bionic Woman) to be played by a Brit, but an American can’t play on a British show? What about the Superman movie…nothing more iconic and American than Superman and he is being played by a British actor. Still mad about Robert Downy Jr playing Sherlock Holmes? Okay, I will concede that one. How about an Aussie? An Indian (non-Native American)? Canadian? Irish person (male or female)? Welsh? Where is the line, and more importantly why? Dr Who saves the world, (and many worlds) not just the British Islands.

          Comment by Aaron W – June 11, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would SO watch if Richard Coyle was Dr Who!

    Comment by Patty (@phouse1964) – June 3, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • if for no other reason than to see Jeff Murdock as the Doctor.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – June 3, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^^^ this 100%.

      Comment by Gina Rhodes – June 3, 2013 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ve only caught a bit of Who, but YES to him, I frakkin’ love him.

      Comment by Amanda – June 3, 2013 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes all day long to this

      Comment by knd – June 3, 2013 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Whoever thought of Richard Ayoade is a genius!

      Comment by Christine – June 3, 2013 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sorry, misread lol

        Comment by Christine – June 3, 2013 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eddie Murphy

    Comment by Opal – June 3, 2013 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie would be the perfect choice.

    Comment by Andy – June 3, 2013 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would watch actually watch dr.who if hugh laurie did it….

      Comment by ali robinson – June 3, 2013 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ve never watched Dr. Who, but if Hugh Laurie got the role I’d give it a shot.

      Comment by Kasper – June 3, 2013 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Might be a great choice but he would probably bankrupt the show.

      Comment by Snsetblaze – June 3, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • People need to watch Jeeves and Wooster before they go around saying Hugh Laurie would bankrupt the show. Hugh Laurie would be the ultimate doctor and he would double profits.

        Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 02:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen Brother. Hugh Laurie would be the ultimate Doctor and the ultimate Sherlock.

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 02:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Georgia Moffett would be an excellent choice to start the next 50 years with a new idea of a female doctor and a nod to the past with a second generation actor in the role.
      She could certainly play a new character, not the ‘doctor’s daughter’ and lend some mystery as to if she is or isn’t the same character.

      Comment by Roughrider – June 3, 2013 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My preference would be for her to reprise the role of Jenny. That way the new Doctor is connected to the old one.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – June 3, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Georgia Moffett is married to David Tennant, and they just had their 3rd child, so she may be too busy with real life!

        Comment by Lois – June 5, 2013 11:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie can do anything, and I think he’d be a great Doctor!

    Comment by TV Gord – June 3, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He already WAS a great doctor.

      Comment by Bob – June 3, 2013 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, he was a great doctor, but he could still be a great Doctor! ;-) I think he’d take this role and run a marathon with it!

        Comment by TV Gord – June 3, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Hugh Laurie would have been dope as the doctor.

          Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 02:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RICHARD AYOADE!!!!!!!!!! (Or Richard Coyle)

    Comment by Erin – June 3, 2013 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie would be great! Benedict Cumberbatch and Anthony Head too, but Benedict already has trouble filming Sherlock between movies and Anthony already appeared on Doctor Who as another character so it would be a bit weird. I like Rupert Grint but I would really prefer Hugh Laurie.

    Comment by Annie-Claude – June 3, 2013 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hugh Laurie would be the best doctor in the history of Doctor Who.

      Hands down.

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 02:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You can’t be the doctor if you have already appeared on the show, so Simon Pegg, Russell Tovey, and Anthony Head are out of the running.

    Comment by KD – June 3, 2013 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ummmm … tell that to Colin Baker!

      Comment by Bill Wilson – June 3, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lots of actors have had bit parts on Who then came back to play entirely different characters for longer arcs. Most recent examples are Freema Agyeman and Karen Gillan.

      Comment by Amanda – June 3, 2013 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like that you basically just named all famous British actors, regardless of relevance or actually being able to do it…That being said I’d like to see a doctor of colour, but a ginger one would be fun as well ;)

    Comment by Sam – June 3, 2013 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hey, they had the decency not to name Hugh Grant, that’s gotta count for something :P

      Comment by Eli – June 3, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s why Richard Ayoade would be perfect!

      Comment by Erin – June 3, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • for a black doctor I would love to see Adrian Lester (from Hustle)

      Comment by Grant – June 4, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still say if we’re picking people who are already on TV Andrew Lincoln would be pretty great.

    Comment by RobMF – June 3, 2013 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A Woman Doctor would be really great. If the spoilers are true, a woman perfectly fits the role. It a fresh new take and since this is a children’s programme in UK, it teaches kids and families that a woman can also do things a man can do.

    Or a POC would be great too. Richard Ayoade or Idris Elba anyone?

    Comment by jeremy (@bluthss) – June 3, 2013 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wish the doctor would die and his daughter would return.

      Comment by Shaun – June 3, 2013 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Watch the old series – we’ve already had Romana

      Comment by IMHO – June 3, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • that doesn’t mean we cant have one again lol

        Comment by jeremy (@bluthss) – June 3, 2013 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • oh no, well, we’ve filled our token quota, so let’s close our mind to new ideas. good plan.

        Comment by Betsy – June 3, 2013 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alonso can’t be the Doctor…

    Comment by AM – June 3, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie!

    Comment by Joan – June 3, 2013 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts exactly. Hugh Laurie would be the best choice.

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 02:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Colin Morgan would be awesome

    Comment by Michelle – June 3, 2013 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • my first pick would be my first pick

      Comment by Missy – June 3, 2013 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sorry , meant Colin Morgan would be my first pick

        Comment by Missy – June 3, 2013 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BEN WHISHAW is my fave.

    Comment by Sami T – June 3, 2013 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damian Lewis,has just the right mixture of comic and dramatic chops.

    Comment by Roughrider – June 3, 2013 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoever it is,they have to have alot of energy.

    Comment by Shaun – June 3, 2013 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d much rather it be someone I’ve never heard of before, but as long as it’s anyone apart from Damien Lewis I won’t complain.

    Comment by Scott – June 3, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Richard Ayoade would be perfect!

    Comment by Timmy Bauer – June 3, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed!! I love this idea so much!!

      Comment by Erin – June 3, 2013 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie isn’t going to do it in a million years, and it’s probably out of his comfort zone. They can’t afford him anyway. Would love Ben Whishaw, but I reckon they’ll go for someone fairly unknown, who’ll actually want to stick around for more than one series.

    Comment by D – June 3, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Hugh Laurie’s name was thrown in there as a red herring, I’m certain. I’m all for Idris.

      Comment by Why Can a Brother Be the Doctor? – June 3, 2013 10:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME????????????

      “out of his comfort zone”

      Do you even know who Hugh Laurie is? Don’t even talk to me. Go watch Jeeves and Wooster and then come back and apologize. Out of his comfort zone! PFT! the nerve. Hugh Laurie doesn’t even have a comfort zone, because that would imply that there is something he isn’t comfortable with.

      Also, the longest running scifi show in history can’t afford him? BS.

      By all accounts, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 03:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why not have David Tennant return he can give the the current doctor some of his DNA when he regenerates he can turn back into 10

    Comment by Bender – June 3, 2013 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why are some people so obsessed with David Tennant? Yes he was a great doctor but he CHOSE to leave. So please get over it and move on. Many Tennant fangirls are so annoying and most have never watched a single episode of classic Doctor Who. Anyways this is a horrible idea. I’m really hoping this was a joke to point out how ridiculous some Tennant fangirls can be.

      Comment by Ugh – June 3, 2013 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Primarily a point of clarification: someone who has appeared in Dr. Who could also return to play the Doctor. This has already happened: Colin Baker appeared in the show long before taking on the role.
    On a separate note: I think Hugh Laurie would be a good choice.

    Comment by Lee – June 3, 2013 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AHHHHH! HUGH LAURIE AS THE DOCTOR WOULD BE 40 MINUTES OF HEAVEN.

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 03:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Most of the people they mention are too famous to step into such a grueling filming schedule. But we can dream. (Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Winshaw (don’t I wish), Damian Lewis (don’t I wish again), etc.) I think new Doctors are usually folks who don’t already have a booming film/TV/stage career. But we’ll see….

    Comment by Cecily – June 3, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It has to be someone younger. I wouldn’t mind Russell Tovey.

    Comment by Truly Roxie – June 3, 2013 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He’s already been on the show twice!

      Comment by knd – June 3, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It does not. Any younger and he’d be a foetus. Men cast as the Doctor have been 55, 46, 49, 40, 30, 41, 44, 37, 41, 34 and 27 – give or take a year either side.

      I don’t see why we have to be entertaining the idea of even younger (hello, Rupert Grint, who I otherwise enjoy!) just because Yanks have hopped on the fan bandwagon and have conniptions at the idea of putting anyone with wrinkles on tv.

      Yes, yes, prejudice and overreaction and assumption I know. But get off my damn lawn! Time to cast someone older again. Latest buzz in the UK bookies is Ben Daniels, who’s 49. I’m supporting him just because he’s old. (er).

      Comment by Ben33 – June 3, 2013 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m a Yank, and I agree. However, I’m a 35 year-old Yank. I do not like the idea of a “Benjamin Button” Doctor who keeps getting younger with each regeneration. What you’re seeing are the youngsters hopping on the bandwagon and trying to turn Doctor Who into Harry Potter. I’ve seriously seen the actor who played Harry Potter (I was never a fan) tossed around as a suggestion. Seriously, we don’t need a 23 year-old Doctor. I’d like to see the series return to its roots a bit and have the Doctor be an older man.

        Please, in all of our youth-obsessed culture, I’d like to see one show which values age and wisdom.

        Comment by CarbonDate – June 4, 2013 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A lot of great ideas, but for some stupid reason the show takes 10 months to film so I would be very surprised that a known face would be cast. That being said, Hiddleston would be a lot of fun to watch

    Comment by Dan – June 3, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Amy Acker on this list, isn’t she American? That sort of automatically disqualifies her, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Lo – June 3, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As much as a love Amy Acker, I can’t see her as The Doctor. I also don’t think they will ever cast an American.

      Comment by Lois – June 5, 2013 11:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh Please no young, pretty boys. That is just not what Dr. Who is all about.

    Comment by JJ – June 3, 2013 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you! My wish list is, 35-50 and male. It goes without saying, but I will anyway, UK citizen. No Americans, or pretty boys.

      Comment by znachki – June 3, 2013 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. Not to young and pretty. He should be older and have some deapth. Rupert Grint would not make a good doctor. Benedict Cumberbatch is my fav from this list. I also don’t want a female doctor. It just wouldn’t work. We’d all look back and say “remember that season the doctor was a woman? Weird.” Just my opinion.

      Comment by Nicola – June 3, 2013 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would actually love to see John Hurt, because I think not having a young, pretty boy, with an obvious bent of romance between Doctor and companion, would force the show to go in a different direction and potentially would be compelling in a completely different way.
      -
      I think people are railroaded into a particular way of thinking about what the Doctor should be based on Moffatt’s doctors, but Hurt would in some ways harken back to earlier doctors. Plus he is a fantastic actor.

      Comment by Ben – June 3, 2013 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Helena Bonham Carter or Joanna Lumley or Helen Mirren for a female doctor would be great.

    Comment by RG – June 3, 2013 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Aaaaaagh! Nooooooooooooo!

      Comment by IMHO – June 3, 2013 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love it!

      Comment by Snsetblaze – June 3, 2013 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This isn’t a Potter production and/or Tim Burton isn’t directing so I doubt Bonham Carter would get the part
      ( I Can’t think of one role she’s played that I’ve liked, JMO :P )

      Comment by Tusk – June 3, 2013 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • DO. NOT. WANT.

      Comment by Erin – June 3, 2013 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie or Colin Morgan would be my top choices. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch would be awesome, of course, but I don’t want either of them to have anything else on their plates that could take away from shooting “Sherlock”!

    Comment by Ashley – June 3, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • of course since Moffat is running or aiding in running both, I’m sure that filming Dr. Who and Sherlock could be made to work out for the actor.

      Comment by Grant – June 4, 2013 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Definitely Hugh Laurie.

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 03:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Idiris Elba! Awesome idea!!

    Comment by csr – June 3, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should just bring back Doctor Donna.

    Comment by Viv – June 3, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not saying the new Dr. needs to be a woman, but it is kind of lame to lump all the female possibilities into the same slide.

    Comment by Dillon – June 3, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As it says in the slide, no individual woman got enough votes to rank in the top 20 but “generic woman” did, and the three in the slide are some of the women named as possibilities. Yeah, lumping the women together sucks, but would you prefer that they left all the women off the list because no individual woman got enough votes?

      Comment by Marion – June 3, 2013 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No, I wouldn’t prefer it. Either I missed the asterisk on that slide, or it wasn’t originally there. My bad.

        Comment by Dillon – June 3, 2013 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I saw quite a few people in t’other thread voting for Helen Mirren. She certainly got more votes than any other women suggested, including those up there. Not that we’d ever be that lucky, but as long as we’re dreaming…

        Comment by Ben33 – June 3, 2013 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rupert Grint – in that order. Although I know the first three may be impossible.

    Comment by Kate Garner – June 3, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hugh Laurie would help the show grow so much. (And it’s already the best show ever!)

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 03:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Billy Boyd? Or James D’Arcy? Or Charlie Cox?
    They’re never gonna pick someone who’s hugely well known, like Laurie or Grint, you know that…

    Comment by AnaB – June 3, 2013 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My pick would actually be Paul Bettany… the guys is a superb actor, who can do both serious and funny/dorky incredibly well. He just hasn’t been in that many great things lately and he’s in some serious need of a break again…

      Not to mention, he could totally pull off being ginger! =p

      Comment by AnaB – June 3, 2013 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Paul Bettany indeed is a superb actor BUT I frankly think his talents would be wasted on the show. Don’t get me wrong. I like Doctor Who but it doesn’t require THAT much range acting-wise and I’m not sure he would be up for something as limiting (to other work…and his time…he has kids…and freedom to move around-he’s been traveling with his wife and the kids wherever one or the other partner in the marriage has been working)…

        Comment by Kate'shomesick – June 3, 2013 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Billy Boyd. Interesting idea.

      Comment by Snsetblaze – June 3, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • James D’Arcy … Hmmm.

      Comment by AL – June 3, 2013 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why not pick someone who’s “hugely well known” as you said? I think it would be a smart move. Doctor Who is huge right now, but it’s at a precipice and an actor like Hugh Laurie could be the the catapult to take Doctor Who to the next level.

      Comment by Neil – November 25, 2013 03:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Richard Madden’s calendar just opened up. He’s a little young for the part, but he would be great with Clara.

    Comment by Mark – June 3, 2013 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’re dating in real life!!! Hahahaha! Spoilers!

      Comment by carol – June 3, 2013 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JAIME MURRAY!!

    Comment by Andrea Sperling – June 3, 2013 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She was one of my first thoughts when they said female but she’s now on Defiance.

      Comment by Snsetblaze – June 3, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • JAIME MURRAY ALL THE WAY

      I hadn’t thought about it until I saw this post but Amy Acker would be pretty amazing too.

      Comment by yup – June 3, 2013 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • david hewlett!

    Comment by Jessica – June 3, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks for treating all of the female actresses as one possibility! Women, they’re all basically the same, amirite?

    Comment by Miriam – June 3, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lol well said. They could have at least given two women their own slides.

      Comment by mia – June 3, 2013 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But, but, but … It can’t be a women. That would be sooooo WEIRD. Imagine women doing the same stuff men do, it’s unheard of.

      Comment by MiaRose – June 4, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why must The Doctor be British?

    Comment by carol – June 3, 2013 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • IT’s a BBC show – too much tradition to depart now

      Comment by Luis – June 3, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s not going to be anyone well known, so you can throw out Laurie, Cumberbatch and Grint. Moffat will pick someone who will most likely go against common wisdom. We may finally get a female Doctor, but she won’t be a ginger (too soon after Amy Pond).

    Comment by Bob – June 3, 2013 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jaime Murray would be pretty awesome but hightly doubtful since Defiance got picked up for a second season. I would also love to see Colin Morgan, but I think I’ll always see him as Merlin.

    Comment by Shanzi – June 3, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not opposed to any of those suggestions but my favourites are Rupert Grint, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch. Although I’m very invested in Idris Elba being the next James Bond.

    Comment by dude – June 3, 2013 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Are you kidding? A black Bond. Enough with this nonsense of choosing black actors to play white characters. White characters should be played by white actors. Black characters should be played by black actors. It’s as simple as that.

      Comment by CBWBDK1 – June 3, 2013 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Doctor is an alien so maybe humans should stop playing him.

        Comment by Ugh – June 3, 2013 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Ha! Good rebuttal. :)

          Comment by Brooke – June 3, 2013 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You win 1,000 internet points.

          Comment by aleksa – June 3, 2013 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And you should stop being racist. Ahh, if we all got our wishes eh

        Comment by mia – June 3, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Idris Elba would be a killer James Bond.

      Not sure about the Doctor. But then again, I’ve only seen him in really serious roles. So maybe he can do whimsical and lighthearted.

      Comment by Tony – June 3, 2013 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well he was not great on The Office in his recurring role.

        Comment by Snsetblaze – June 3, 2013 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh boy, six more months of this.

    Comment by adlib19 – June 3, 2013 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, they should be announcing the new Doctor in a month or so. The show will be filming the Christmas episode and then go into filming the next series shortly, so they will have to cast the new Doctor soon.

      Comment by Mags – June 4, 2013 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sorry, I just don’t think a women should play the Doctor and I am one. LOL It would throw off the dynamic and there are some things that should be left alone: no Americans, and no women. Just my opinion but it has worked for 50 years why not stick to it.

    Comment by dmac – June 3, 2013 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. (Also a woman.)

      Comment by Becca Porter – June 3, 2013 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Throw off what dynamic? A male doctor to the female companion?

      To this day, no one against a female Doctor has given a good reason as to why a woman shouldn’t or couldn’t tackle this role other than “Its been a certain way for x amount of years.” That’s a weak excuse that can be applied to anything to stop change. Sure, don’t shoehorn an actor into the role just for the sake of being different. But if a woman comes in and blows Moffatt away with her take on the Doctor, why shouldn’t they go for it?

      Comment by Tony – June 3, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes, let’s never progress. let’s always stick ourselves back in 1963 because that’s a winner’s view.

      Comment by Betsy – June 3, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So that’s the problem right there. You associate casting a woman in the role of the Doctor as progress. Never mind that the Doctor has regen’d ten times and he always regens as a male. So if the next Doc comes out female it will really be a social-politics move and it will take people out of the show’s continuity no matter what explanation they come up with.

        Now I’m all for a woman Time Lord being a major character – like a REAL one not like River or Donna – or if there where a reboot of the franchise go ahead and have the Doctor be female. I’d watch that.

        Comment by canadian ninja – June 4, 2013 04:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There’s a spoilers going around that the John Hurt guy is a “missing” Doctor that the Doctor himself forgot he regenerated to therefore having the 11th Doctor as 12th Doctor and since he can only regenerate up until 12, its a perfect time to break out the norm and try something different. A woman Doctor can be a possibility and what dynamic exactly? People are always afraid to try different things that can possibly work out.

      This is Lucy Liu casts as Watson all over again (which was really great and it worked out perfectly and look at the show now, some critics and fans say she portrays a more realistic and central character for Watson)

      Comment by jeremy (@bluthss) – June 4, 2013 05:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Also a woman and agree. IMO a time lord/lady is a certain gender and they can only regenerate into that gender.

      Comment by amturner – June 5, 2013 12:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually, the doctor mentioned another time lord, the Corsair, in the episode The Doctors Wife who he refered to as male and mentioned the one time when he was a girl and how she was ‘a bad girl’.

        Comment by Plague Rat Nicki – August 11, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I vote for Jennifer Ehle. As soon as I saw her in Contagion, I thought she’s be a perfect Dr. Who. Sort of passionate and eccentric all wrapped up in one. And she’s British and American, for the purists.

    If it HAS to be a man, Idris Elba.

    Comment by Kelsie – June 3, 2013 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have such a hard time taking these lists seriously, when so many of them are not even an option: Hoult is in X-Men as well as other movies, Cumberbatch and Martin are in Sherlock and other films, and countless others schedules just don’t even give the option for them to be the next doctor. It should be a unknown or relatively up and coming actor(or actress).

    Comment by Mike R. – June 3, 2013 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think it’s meant to be taken seriously. Just a bit of fun.

      Comment by asniech – June 4, 2013 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I vote for someone who’s not on the list: Ollie Barbieri. I loved his work as JJ in Skins 3 and 4.

    Comment by Ana Lucia – June 3, 2013 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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