We’ve been talking a lot about who could possibly take over reign of the TARDIS after Peter Capaldi leaves his role as Twelfth Doctor for good. Unsurprisingly, you Whovians spoke out loud and clear about which potential Time Lords you’d love to see as the new face of Doctor Who. So close your eyes (but then open them again to read this article) and dream about a world where one of these individuals is the Doctor.
Idris Elba is an amazing actor. He’d be able to bring such a huge amount of gravitas to the role, while still being extremely likable. Elba’s name is frequently tossed around in talks whenever Doctor Who or the Bond franchise needs a new front man, and it’s understandable. He’s a force onscreen, and I think he could do just about either role extremely well. Though he might need to talk to the TARDIS about borrowing her nickname, Sexy.
I wasn’t terribly surprised to see Freeman’s name pop up. After all, since he’s been in pop culture staples like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sherlock, and The Hobbit (just to name a few) he’s an icon in geek culture. It would seem that making him the Doctor would only be the logical progression in his geeky acting career, right? And hey, maybe we could get Benedict Cumberbatch to be the companion on a few episodes. Eh?
I was definitely not surprised to see fans calling for Hiddleston to be the next Doctor. This guy is ridiculously charming, has a bit of a goofy streak, and has managed to capture the hearts of Marvel fans everywhere. He certainly has the wit and attitude of a Time Lord, and I think he could bring something really awesome to the franchise. Of course, it might cut into his Marvel time to bring Loki to the big screen, so we’ll have mull that one over more thoroughly…
This is a no brainer here. She’s got experience with magic, she’s traveled through time, she’s used to being the cleverest one in the room, and she usually goes everywhere with a companion. Okay, so maybe I’ve described Hermoine more than I’ve described Emma Watson, but still, she could bring something pretty unique to the role to make a very rad Thirteenth Doctor. And anyway, using a sonic tool has got to be pretty similar to using a wand, right?
I don’t think I would have ever thought of Chris O’Dowd as the Doctor if one of you hadn’t suggested it, but now that you have, I must admit that I kind of love this idea. Chris is hilarious and extremely likable and a bit goofy. However, he’s proven that he’s able to deliver the serious moments needed to truly play the Doctor well. And, if nothing else, we know from his experience saying “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” four thousand times on The IT Crowd that he’s comfortable with having a catchphrase.
I had to add this one. This one didn’t come from you fine readers, but from Maisie herself. Though she initially lobbied for Idris Elba, she did say that she’d be more than happy to become the next Doctor. Of course, much like with Capaldi, the Doctor would have to work out why the regeneration face chosen was that of Ashildir/Me, though with the Doctor’s relationship to Me over the ninth season, there could be some really cool character work for the Doctor to do. Though, I’ll just say that if Maisie is our new Doctor, I would become very worried for one Lady Arya Stark…
What do you think of these picks for the Thirteenth Doctor? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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