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)

  • where is the voting poll link?

    Comment by clif – June 3, 2013 09:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They just pulled from the comments section of the original article about Matt Smith leaving. I don’t think there was ever actually a poll.

      Comment by asniech – June 4, 2013 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie would be the perfect choice.

    Comment by didi – June 4, 2013 02:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like the Rebecca Mader and Damian Lewis suggestions.

    Comment by Kristi – June 4, 2013 05:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Iddo Goldberg!

    Comment by Hus – June 4, 2013 06:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HUGH LAURIE !!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by ttr – June 4, 2013 06:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • amanda tapping!!!!!

    Comment by kate – June 4, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • younger woman – Jaime Murray
    older woman – Dame Judi Dench
    black male – Adrian Lester
    black female Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    young white male – Colin Morgan
    older white male – Stephen Fry or Martin Freeman

    Comment by Grant – June 4, 2013 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everyone here is talking about well-known actors, but I’m hoping they cast someone like Matt Smith–a talented but unknown actor. When they announce the next doctor, I hope everyone will say, “Who?”

    Comment by Kaye Munroe – June 4, 2013 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And a new River Pond?
    Clara is perhaps a reincarnation/regeneration of River Song

    Comment by RIckOnce – June 4, 2013 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • but river song is dead

      Comment by seth welch – June 5, 2013 02:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Perhaps she can live again from the library.
        The last episode of Dr Who , I understand a possible unknown relation of River and Clara.

        Comment by RIckOnce – June 5, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While I love some of the ideas here, I think it very unlikely that any major known actor will be cast. And sure, a woman would be interesting, and not entirely without precedent since Smith’s Doctor once referenced that one of his usually male Timelord counterparts had had at least one female regeneration (during ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ if I remember correctly). Realistically, though, it will be someone lesser known, or at least someone not currently active or only recently out of a major role – which lets out Rupert and Colin. But I’ll second someone’s reference to Mark Sheppard (though unlikely) and can think of a few additional names to add into the hat…

    Peter Wingfield
    Robert Lawrenson
    Roger Rees
    Jonathan Young
    Robin Dunne
    Neil Grayston

    Yes, the last three are Canadian, not British, but I have no doubt they could carry it off. And if we were to look to ‘Sherlock’ for casting – not Benedict or Martin, no matter how good they’d be – Andrew would be interesting and Rupert Graves would make a wonderful Doctor but since he was a guest actor in the first half of Season 7, it’s probably too soon to get away with him as the Doctor.

    Comment by Zeph – June 4, 2013 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Totally baffled that no one has considered the possibility that Andy Serkis would be a great doctor!!

    Comment by WowLith – June 4, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mark Gatiss would frankly be brilliant. Yes, he played a villain in that one episode way back when. He also has deep connections to the show, having written six episodes, four Doctor Who novels, and six anthology contributions. He’s freaking perfect. Perhaps a bit too perfect.

    That and he’s Mycroft Holmes.

    Comment by CarbonDate – June 4, 2013 04:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Whup, two episodes he’s been in. Excuse me. I didn’t even recognize him in the Wedding of River Song. Still. He’s perfect.

      Comment by CarbonDate – June 4, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Richard Ayoade or if this will really be the last Doctor, make him ginger

    Comment by Cherie – June 4, 2013 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you want ginger I say Kevin McKidd should head back to the UK! If you want to go for non-white, Shazad Latif or RazaJaffrey. (Yes, I’m an MI-5 fan)

    Comment by amturner – June 5, 2013 12:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ben whishaw should be the next galafrain

    Comment by ging'e – June 5, 2013 12:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • richard Ayoade

    Comment by seth welch – June 5, 2013 02:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • or simon pegg

    Comment by seth welch – June 5, 2013 02:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Richard Ayode would be someone cool and different! Some of these guys have already been on Doctor Who – so it would be hard for me to buy into that. It would also be hilarious if Rupert Grint was the doctor, given all the jokes Matt Smith has made about gingers!

    Comment by Robin – June 5, 2013 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie would go down in history as one of the very best, ever.

    Comment by DaTroof – June 5, 2013 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hugh Laurie would be amazing as The Doctor, but he’s too big a star to take the role. Maybe if they ever really make that Doctor Who movie he could play the role.

      Comment by Lois – June 5, 2013 11:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie all the way!

    Comment by Gina – June 7, 2013 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • COLIN MORGAN!!!⭐⭐⭐

    Comment by Elena – June 8, 2013 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gary Oldman

    Comment by Mark – June 8, 2013 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think they should give Jim Carrey a go ,I mean he is hillarious

    Comment by Arne – June 17, 2013 03:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No females :( It would make the show weird on a level I don’t think viewers want. It would make the whole compainion thing weird too. He is male, even if his physical self changes he is a male.
    Hugh Laurie would be AWESOME! He is an excellent actor, and so much more than his house character. Seriously, does anyone remember him in anything else? The man knows what true acting is.

    Comment by stephanie – June 19, 2013 06:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hugh Laurie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Shawne Miles – June 21, 2013 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please no femaie doctor. Regeneration should have some limits–changing gender should be one of them. There are excellent female roles on this show anyway. No need to make the doctor a female.

    Comment by Lily – June 28, 2013 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Russel Tovey #9 already had a part in one of the weeping angels episodes. He was killed in the cave by the angels.

    Comment by Haley – July 4, 2013 12:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not Russell Tovey. If anyone remembers he played Alonso in Season 4.

    Comment by Cody Cox – July 5, 2013 04:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It shouldn’t be a woman simply because its a male character. He started on Gallifrey as male why should that change. It seems to be people wanting to be PC for the sake of being PC. Race whatever else shouldn’t matter but it should be a male. I say Damian Maloney, he was outstanding on Being Human. He could even keep his original accent :P

    Comment by Bre – July 6, 2013 04:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • hugh laurie for the win!! i think he would make it a bit more serious and david tennant-ish, without losing any of the fun and keeping all the chemistry and OMG THE FEELS.
    eurgh i’m such a fangirl :-P

    Comment by Sarah – July 6, 2013 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HOUSE ALL THE WAY

    Comment by mattyj – July 8, 2013 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ok fist to all the people who think Russell Tovey should be the Doctor I would be cool exept for the fact that 1 he was already in the titanic episode!! and 2nd he was dating Mr. handsome as people call him the Face of Bo. if people can remember the Doctor had them meet in a bar!!!

    Comment by Brandon_Love23 – July 8, 2013 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • eliza dushku would make a fantastic companion as would nicholas brendon and the actress that played anya in buffy…..but there really are not too many choices for the twelvth doctor…but julian richings or benedict cumberbatch paired with eliza dushku would definently SPARK

    Comment by wayne butler – July 10, 2013 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rupert Grint!,,,,,,, Perfectly excentrict! Brilliant choice!

    Comment by Connie – July 11, 2013 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Benedict Cumberbatch or Colin Morgan! Cumberbatch has a fast talking, crazyness that would be good for the Doctor and I think Morgan could do a great job as the Doctor!

    Comment by DWFan – July 12, 2013 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Firstly, Hugh Laurie would be awesome as the Doctor. Secondly, A woman would not work for one major reason. Timelords do not change sexes. Males stay as males and so on. Doing so is to cater to the Gay and transgender community. And doing so would cause Doctor Who to get the worst ratings ever and end the series.

    Comment by Ronald DiBerto – July 14, 2013 04:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I honestly can’t pick between Anthony Stewart Head and Hugh Laurie…either one would be extremely exciting to watch in this role!!!

    Comment by Brandie – July 14, 2013 11:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG yes Rupert grint!!!!

    Comment by kat – July 15, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m kinda tied between Anthony Head and Hugh Laurie. But out of the two, Anthony should be the new doctor, he seems so perfect for it.

    Comment by Syd Earle – July 18, 2013 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dr. Who has to be male. Changing that fact, would change the dynamic of the show too much and how fans relate to him.

    Comment by VZE – July 29, 2013 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, Anthony would be a good choice. Agreed.

    Comment by VZE – July 29, 2013 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Tom Haddleson would be a good doctor. Or Rupert Grint.

    Comment by Sponge – August 4, 2013 05:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • IF YOU DECIDE to use a non-Brit how about Canada’s Paul Gross.

    Comment by Ken Trew – November 14, 2013 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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