Big changes have been happening in the Doctor Who universe lately. With the announcement of Steven Moffat ending his reign as fearless leader of Doctor Who, Chris Chibnall taking up the helm, and the fact that we’ll have to wait until 2017 for season 10 (which will still be headed by Moffat), things have been a bit shaky for Whovians.
Well, there may be more big change headed our way. Though rumors of the tenth season being Capaldi’s final as The Doctor have been popping around the interwebz for a while (after all, three seasons is about par for a New-Who Doctor), they’ve gained a bit of credence as it would allow Chibnall a fresh start with the classic series.
Of course, this is all internet hearsay, so there’s no use being sad over an unsubstantiated rumor. Plus, we’ll have to wait a full year for season 10 to even see the light of day, so Capaldi’s regeneration is something Future Whovians can mourn. Still, it’s always fun to imagine who will be taking up the helm in the TARDIS once one Doctor leaves; it keeps us from succumbing to the blistering fandom pains of saying goodbye to a Doctor. So in the spirit of soothing fandom pains, here are some actors we’d like to offer for consideration as the Thirteenth Doctor–whenever that day may come.
Hayley’s already expressed that she’d be game to become the Doctor, and with characters like The Master regenerating into a woman and a Time Lord from the Christmas special regenerating into a woman, it’s probably time for a female Doctor. The woman who brought Peggy Carter to life would be a pretty amazing choice, and her popularity would probably bring in new Whovians from the MCU world. Plus, she’s buddies with Doctor Who alum Billie Piper, which makes her an honorary member of the Who-niverse anyway, right?
Rumors of Ejiofor becoming the Doctor have been swirling around for some time now, so it’s definitely a no-brainer to imagine him captaining the TARDIS once Capaldi regenerates. Ejiofor is an amazingly talented actor, and could bring something truly outstanding to the role of the Doctor.
Hynes has already played the memorable Joan Redfern on Doctor Who, a love interest of the Tenth Doctor while he was in hiding as a human. If we learned anything from Capaldi’s run as a Doctor, regenerations can be inspired by faces the Doctor has encountered in the past. A Jessica Hynes Doctor could continue the themes of the Doctor questioning himself about being a good person, and touch upon how the Doctor connects and loves those people he encounters. Plus, Jessica Hynes is part of the team that brought us Spaced and she’s just brilliant, so she’d be a fantastic Doctor.
Steven Fry is a classic in British television and cinema, so he’d be a natural for one of the most legendary British roles out there. His dry wit and scathing sarcasm would make him an easy follow up to Capaldi’s Doctor. Fry has also been involved with Doctor Who in the past, lending his voice to an animated Doctor Who webcast and writing an episode that sadly, never saw the light of day. It’d be great to see him helm the TARDIS as the Doctor.
Pegg is another who has already been in an episode of Doctor Who, but again, it’s not unheard of for a major character in Doctor Who to play two parts in the series (Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, and Peter Capaldi himself have all done it). Plus, he’s already managed to get himself into several other very popular fandoms like Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Spaced, so he’d be a natural to add to the Doctor Who universe in a larger capacity.
How do you feel about Capaldi leaving? Who would you like to see as the next Doctor? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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