TVLine Items: Doctor Who Recast Update, Game of Thrones Author Speaks Out and More

Rory Kinnear New Doctor WhoHas the Tardis found its new navigator already?

Skyfall and Quantam of Solace actor Rory Kinnear is reported to be the frontrunner to succeed Matt Smith as the titular star of Doctor Whoat least according to The Telegraph.

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“We are waiting to hear if he will accept,” a source tells the London-based paper. “He is the perfect choice.”

UPDATE: The BBC on Monday morning seemingly cast aspersion on this rumor, saying via Twitter that the search for Twelve “has only just begun.”

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Worried that Game of Thrones, which is heading into Season 4, will run out of material in light of the fact that books 6 and 7 have yet to be published? Don’t be, says George RR Martin. “I think the odds against that happening are very long,” the author tells “If they include everything in the books, I don’t think they’re going to catch up with me. If they do, we’ll have some interesting discussions.”

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Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston has been cast opposite Justin Theroux in the HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, per Deadline. Also joining the project from co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost) are Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd (Compliance) and Amanda Warren (The Closer).

Christina Ricci (Pan Am) has been cast as Lizzie Borden in the Lifetime original movie about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother, reports Deadline.

On the heels of ousting Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, American Idol has appointed a new executive producer — Per Blankens, whose previous relevant credits include the Swedish version of Idol and the Scandinavian MasterChef and Biggest Loser editions.

BBC America has renewed Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan for Season 2, to premiere in 2014.

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  1. Dreamrose says:

    I’m not holding my breath for Rory Kinnear to be cast – the last time, everyone had Paterson Joseph on the brain, and the BBC turned around and cast Matt Smith. So we’ll all just have to be patient and wait for them to actually make an announcement.

  2. Steve P says:

    The Rory Kinnear rumor was shot down by the BBC this morning, if I’m not mistaken. Shame; he would be perfect.

  3. Poppy says:

    Until the BBC announces who the next Doctor will, I’m talking all these so and so was offered the job with a grain of salt.

    • Lois says:


    • Rob says:

      I certainly hope you’re right – I understand he has to be British, but come on. Doesn’t he have to be charismatic and just a bit young and have appeal? I’m not knocking Kinnear, but I just pulled up “Skyfall” again and all I could think of was a cherub with a David Letterman hairpiece.
      Please not him!!

      • nomis says:

        Matt Smith and Peter Davison were the only Doctors who were under 30 when they debuted. William Hartnell was 55 when the show first started. So the young part doesn’t really have to apply although I do agree with you on the charismatic part.

  4. Brooke says:

    No one had Matt Smith on their radars until he was official. I doubt we’ll know who 12 is going to be until the official announcement.

  5. mia says:

    What? Another white guy. I’m shocked. *rolls eyes*
    I’d love a woman to be the Doc, but I know its not a practical dream. But at the very least they need to cast a man of colour. After 50 years of white dudes, its time for a change.

    • Alan says:

      yes lets rule out great people because of their skin colour, it doesnt matter if they are talented or not because if they are white then they cant have the job. i would much rather they cast the best person for the job no matter what race they are and that cant be done if we discard people because they are white.

      • Jill says:

        I understand you on some point, but on the other, there’s nothing wrong with actively searching for someone of color for Twelve. I’m really hoping they do go for some diversity. Because yes, there are some excellent white actors who would make great Doctors, but there are also amazing minority actors (and actresses, though that’s clearly a pipe dream) would would fit the part just as well. Making a conscious effort to be more diverse is not discriminating on race. It’s making a choice to show that BBC and Doctor Who are firmly in the 21st century now and don’t exclude any types from their cast, and that minorities can be their heroes as well.

      • Brooke says:

        I know, those poor white male actors have historically faced such discrimination, poor fellows. After 11 white Doctors, it’s clear that the show would be planting their foot firmly on the neck of talented white actors if they search for a person of color instead. What a disgrace that would be!

        • James says:

          I don’t think there is any need for your comment. You know full well that’s not what the commenter meant. Stop trying to start trouble.

          • Brooke says:

            James, I full well know what the commenter meant, and that’s exactly why I’m trying to start trouble. It’s a classically worded complaint from anyone who’s uncomfortable with leaving the status quo behind, and it’s just one “I have black friends” defense away from a full white-privilege-Bingo win.

          • James says:

            Sorry, but I still think you’re making assumptions here. You’re free to think what you want but I disagree.

        • Alan says:

          hey im just pointing out that if you said that about any other race then everybody would be very upset. you want to have equality, then you cant discriminate against anyone based on their skin colour and not even considering someone because they are white is exactly the problem you claim to be crusading against.

        • scooby says:

          Spare us all your racism, Brooke. You’re no better than someone who resents minorities. They should cast the best actor for the part. You don’t know who they see. You don’t know that they’ve never considered a minority actor. 99% of actors of any race or either gender aren’t going to be quite right. The Doctor is a quirky energy. It’s their show and they get to decide who the right actor is. Why can’t the Doctor be a little person? Bet you envision someone who’s standard sized. How, pardon the expression, small minded. You don’t get to control casting. Watch or don’t watch. It’s really a shame we can’t all get together and hug you til all the bitterness goes away.

      • Edward says:

        The folly is in thinking there is a “best person” for the role, implying one above others. There are many actors of many races who would be great as the Doctor, so establishing additional criteria won’t infringe on that.

        And what does “best” mean anyway, in this context? All it can mean is fitting the maximum number of desirable criteria, as set by the writers and producers of the show. I assume acting ability and line memorization are givens, as is some form of quirky character quality. But beyond that, if they want to add diversity as a criteria, then the “best” actor would indeed be one of color.

        I am not normally in favor of race-based selection in normal life. Race has no bearing on the qualities needed to manage an office or fight a fire, so diversity could exclude the “best” qualified. But acting is different, as the race of the actor is part of the character projection, and is therefore a worthy criteria for making decisions.

        • Edward says:

          Having said all that, which I do believe… I still have a soft spot for Rupert Grint in the role.

          • canadian ninja says:

            Seriously, your larger post seemed articulate and such – please explain to me this Grint movement. I’ve seen the guy in 9 movies and he was awful to mediocre in 8 of them. And yes I know he was effectively an untrained child actor in the first two or three HP films but by the last one I’d say only marginally better. He had a supporting role in a Bill NIghy movie where he played a somewhat hapless but not entirely dim young fella and he was good in that.

            But I’ve never seen anything in him that said he could handle the sheer speed of the doctor both in dialogue or in believably portraying a dizzying intellect whose brain is operating on dozens of different levels at the same time.
            I’ve seen the guy be an effective actor but being good doesn’t mean you’re right for any role. 99.99% of actors, even great actors, are best cast within the scope of their skills and what they project. Even Meryl Streep can’t play everything. And this Grint movement just seems completely based on nothing more than a)he’s recognizable b)he’s british and c) he’s a ginger.

            Is there a particular role he’s done that showed any ability to manage, let alone excel, at the role of the Doctor? Or are we on different planets and you really liked him in the HP movies?

    • Ian says:

      I would adore Freema A. as the Doctor. They can technobabble away how she’s also Martha somehow, I’m sure.

      That said, I’m perfectly OK if it’s a white guy, as long as he’s as awesome as Tennett and Smith.

  6. Cherry says:

    When will Chloe Sevigny’s Lizzie Bordon series be in production from HBO!? I love Christina Ricci, but I think the material would be best suited to HBO and Sevigny looks more like her.

  7. Ross says:

    Maybe you should just not post an article about Doctor Who anytime soon, because it’s just going to be speculation. Face it. None of us is going to know who the next Doctor will be, until the BBC, and Moffat, et al. decide it’s time for us to know. Until then, cool it with the, “Is the next Doctor….” Let it go, and move on.

  8. Annie says:

    A white male. How stunning. How revolutionary.

  9. So excited for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD coming to Tuesdays this Fall. IN JOSS WHEDON WE TRUST

  10. Amy says:

    Has the Who-verse ever made the rules of regenerating known? For those wanting a female time lord, the only way that will happen at this point is if the girl from “The Doctor’s Daughter” comes back. The Doctor is a MALE character (Romana, anyone?). I wouldn’t object to him being played by someone non-Caucasian, but whoever gets cast, I will probably not take to him at first and then think he is awesome (like I did with Tennant and Smith).

    • Zeph says:

      Actually, they did already establish a precedent for a normally male Doctor to have a female regeneration… In “The Doctor’s Wife”, when the Doctor is telling Amy & Rory about the TimeLord who’s distress ‘message box’ they’ve found and how you always knew him because of the tattoo each regen had,he mentioned that one regen was female. So, given Moffat & Gattis have a tendency to hide clues in episodes that don’t come to fruition or make sense until seasons later, one could wonder if that particular sequence was, in fact, a subtle way to suggest that the Doctor could conceivably have a female regeneration….

      • Bob says:

        The question isn’t if there are any female Timelords. Of course there have been many. Where do you think little Timelords come from. :-) The question is, can a male Timelord regenerate into a female, and vice versa?

      • Alan says:

        i think that bit was just a joke, there was definitely a humorous tone to that bit of dialogue. i took it the same way the reference to the doctor have over 500 regenerations made in the sarah jane adventures episode matt smith guested in, that was the doctor making a joke about how he is an alien at the expense of the humans around him and it seemed very similar to the moment in the doctors wife which people seem to have latched onto without context.

    • Tess says:

      We technically have had a female Time Lord seeing how River gained the ability to regenerate based solely off being conceived while her parents were on board the TARDIS. Remember, in “A Good Man Goes To War” it was noted that Amy and Rory’s little girl is part- Time Lord and everyone looked at the Doctor and wondered what that was all about and then he remembered they spent their honeymoon on the TARDIS. Plus their was the Doctor/Donna meta-crisis… and the Doctor’s daughter Jenny is presumably a Time Lord based off being created straight from his own DNA…

      • scooby says:

        They’ve never said Time Lords can’t be women. There’ve been plenty. I’m assuming you haven’t heard of Romana from prior Doctor Who seasons? They looked at Amy’s and Rory’s daughter weirdly because they didn’t know gettin’ it on in the TARDIS could lead to that. As far as they’d known, she was human.

  11. Tom Charles says:

    Hmmmmmm Christina Ricci seems great for Lizzie Borden

  12. Rodge1978 says:

    I’m glad Wild Things with Dom Mon has been renewed. And looking forward to S.H.I.E.L.D. as with anything by Joss Whedon.
    As for the ones complaining about white Doctors : I hope you are not singling out the Good Doctor. Why no black: Superman, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, James Bond, Batman, Sherlock Holmes, or Harry Potter? ( I could go on but do you really want me to?)
    Why no Doctor that is Mexican, Russian, Persian, American, or Asian ? ( again do I need to continue?)
    Just singling out “black” is kind of racist. And singling out Doctor Who is just as ridiculous as that “book of essays” about Doctor Who being racist, it was clearly “written” by a bunch as essayholes.

    • Sheila says:

      The Doctor must be British, must be male. I’ve been watching since I was a kid, but will give up if the new Doctor is female or American.

    • Brooke says:

      Why would people mention Thor or Iron Man on an article about Doctor Who? That makes no sense. But since you asked, when people suggest a non-white actor whenever James Bond movies are looking for an actor, the internet implodes with the impossibility of it. When nerderific Donald Glover was suggested as the next Spiderman/Peter Parker, a large portion of the internet rioted at the idea. People do not react well to the idea of traditionally white characters being played by non-white people.

      • Rodge1978 says:

        My point was why single out Doctor Who. People can say, “why is he always white?” about many movies and tv shows. And why did you leave out The Incredible Hulk, is it because he is green :~)

    • jestsaying says:

      I don’t think most people are singling out the Doctor. But the unique premise of the show, the character, and the regeneration aspect make it a much easier sell to step out of the box from what people might expect from an iconic character. You can’t make Spider MAN spider girl all of a sudden. But the Doctor can be whoever and whatever you choose. Would it be interesting for the Whoverse to make it someone who was not fair skinned and/or “caucasian”? yes. Would it be interesting for it to be a female? Yes. Is it necessary? Of course not. But if one can posit theories on who you would wish for, why not have it be something “different”? And ethnic does not mean “black”. And most posts I’ve seen asking for diversity in casting the Doctor do not specify “black”. So who is being racist here? I would say you before I would say anyone else who has posted here. Sure, there are people who have held extreme beliefs on the Whoverse as with anything else. But don’t blame every person that has a thought about casting diversity for what some extremists may have written (i personally don’t know to what you refer) . Just like you can’t blame every White American for the beliefs and actions of the KKK.

      • Rodge1978 says:

        On tv a couple of weeks ago there was a story about the Doctor Who is Racist book of essays, being released. LOL about me being racist, just for pointing out that there are many races left out of Who. I guess if someone makes sense they are racist, no matter of their color. I would watch Who if they made the Doctor a Cardassian, but not a Kardashian :~)
        I’m not the type to online fight so sorry, I won’t resort to calling you names, I merely said specifying “black” is racist. The book about Doctor Who specified “black and asian” that is what I was referring to, not a specific poster here, sorry for the confusion, I don’t willy nilly call people racist.

  13. Zeph says:

    One note for the “the Doctor must be a white male because he’s always been a white male” posters…. As I noted in an earlier post – the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” already set a precedent for the idea of a normally male TimeLord regenerating as a female. And as for the race issue – in “Let’s Kill Hitler” River starts as an African American female before regenerating into the version we know and love. So again, precedent for slightly more … unusual… change.

    • Rodge1978 says:

      I’m new to this site ( 3rd day), but, if someone says “the Doctor must be white” that is horrible. I only visit this site and that guide to tv site, I don’t do Facebook or Twitter. So I was unaware of that happening. I mainly get PO’d when people ( those essay book people especially) say the show is racist because there has only been a white main Doctor.
      You make excellent points. I have heard people mention the main star on Luther as the next Doctor, I would love that ( or Rupert Grint). If it was going to be a woman, I would have preferred J-LC ( aka the impossible girl) I think she would have been a wonderful Doctor.

      • Bob says:

        The next Doctor will not be anyone well known to audiences. The person chosen will be relatively unknown so as to keep the pre-Doctor Who “baggage” to a minimum.

  14. JB14 says:

    The whole ‘black doctor’ and ‘woman doctor’ comments are getting silly now. Most of the American viewers didn’t start watching until Tennant or Smith started, but the show has been a success for 50 years without the issue of whether the Doctor was white and male.I don’t understand why people are so adamant that the next Doctor should be black or female, as it isn’t against race or gender if the Doctor continues to be a white and male, it should be about the talent and story as opposed to forcing the show to prove it is up to date with society.

  15. Bob says:

    “Christina Ricci (Pan Am) has been cast as Lizzie Borden in the Lifetime original movie about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother, reports Deadline.”

    Sorry, but no one will ever be able to top Elizabeth Montgomery’s performance as Lizzie Borden. It was creepy good.

  16. EWJ says:

    To be honest I can live with every skin colour for the doctor as long as the actor is a British man who’s up to the task…

  17. sheri says:

    I think they should regenerate as David Tennant. He was awesome and that would put quit a twist in story for them.

  18. Al says:

    As someone who found this discussion by chance via Google in March 2014, it’s amusing in retrospect to see some of the comments made here (the Doctor has to be young, black, and unknown, preferably female too, to summarize), knowing how Oscar-winner Peter Capaldi got the part despite being none of these!