First, a confession. I have not yet finished the current season of Doctor Who. I started putting off watching it with The Angels Take Manhattan, just because I really didn’t want to see the end of Rory and Amy, but picked it up again with the first few episodes of Clara, but things just aren’t right for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love Doctor Who. I love the adventure, I love the Doctor’s sass, I love every bit of it, but over the last few series, it has started feeling more and more wrong. It’s nothing I can really put my finger on, and I don’t want to go on a mile long rant about how I feel about Moffat, so I’m just gonna say that it has not felt right in a long time.
This makes me really excited for the next few episodes, though. The 50th anniversary special this summer, because my doctor, David Tennant, will make an appearance, alongside Rose, who in my mind is the companion that everyone else has to live up to. And this coming December will bring what I’m really looking forward to. A new Doctor.
Even though I have been watching Doctor Who for quite some time, this will be my first “live” regeneration. I started watching Who right after Matt Smith took the role (don’t worry, I started with Nine, like everyone who starts watching Modern Who should), so both regenerations that I watched were no surprise. I was excited for David Tennant and positively surprised by Matt Smith’s potential. Now I’m hoping that this new Doctor, whoever it will be, can bring back the joy that I felt when I started watching Who in the first place. There has been a lot of talk about who people want to be the next Doctor, but most of it is utter bullshit. I don’t think it would be a good idea to cast actors who are already established and associated with other iconic roles. Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are on Sherlock and the Hobbit movies. Idris Elba has his on BBC series with Luther and as Liam Dryden mentioned, Ian McKellen is known as Gandalf, Magneto, that guy from Coronation Street and also Ian McfuckingKellen, not gonna happen. Same goes for Stephen Fry and Helen Mirren. There are two possibilities that have gotten a lot of buzz, though, that I think are very interesting. It is time for a female Doctor*. It is time for a non-Britsh-Skinny-White-Guy-Doctor. So without much further ado, here’s who I would love to see as the next Doctor.
1. Sophie Okonedo
Unfortunately, that is not gonna happen. She has been on Who before (so has Karen Gillan, I know, but she was not as prominently featured as Liz X).
2. Kelly Macdonald
I think she could have a Nine-ish sass, which is something I have missed lately. According to imdb she’s on Boardwalk Empire right now, so she’s probably out.
3. Emma Watson
She is already very well known as Hermione and might not go for another typecasting role.
4. Rupert Grint
Same as Emma Watson, but he’s ginger! Finally!
5. Chiwetel Ejiofor
Has been named as a candidate before and honestly, I love the idea, even though only reading his name as tied a knot in my tongue.
6. Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd
The IT Crowd is gonna finish this year, so they are free. They have amazing chemistry and it would also check the box of a non-female companion for a change.
None of this is probably gonna happen, but a girl can dream.
*I sincerely hope that the next Doctor is no Time Lady. It sure is time for one, but as long as Moffat runs this show it should not happen. That man has a talent for creating weak, token female roles and I just can’t see him writing the strong character that a female Doctor deserves to be.