I am pretty certain that being a fan of Doctor Who is a prerequisite for boarding The Cool Ship. In fact, I may be the only Cool Shipper who has not written at least one article about our time traveling hero.
Today feels like a good day to rectify that. Like most Americans, my Doctor Who exposure began with the 2005 (which I did not watch until 2011) revival. At first I enjoyed the contrasts of light and dark concepts. I saw the series as The Outer Limits but with reoccurring characters. Christopher Eccleston (my first Doctor) was also full of contrasts, at once whimsical and brooding.
I just finished rewatching the 7th series, and with the impending departure of Matt Smith and the red herring that is John Hurt, I cannot help but wonder who’s next.
Selecting the next Doctor must resemble the Conference of Cardinals except the Catholics are probably easier to please. The Internet is all abuzz with “so and so took a meeting” and “so and so has denied being interested” (which has been true of both Tennant and Smith). Even fellow Cool Shippers have speculated on the next Time Lord’s identity.
Maybe I just miss Fringe, but John Nobel would make a great Doctor. Before you say it; Yes Nobel is old. Smith is the youngest actor to ever pilot the Tardis, and though his Doctor is quite different from Tennant’s, there are certain similarities. Nobel would be a new direction for the character. All previous incarnations have been British, and yes, Nobel is Australian, but they have the Queen on their money, right? To purists and the BBC this might seem a bit of sacrilege, but to me as an American it is hardly a deal breaker.
A quick IMDB search shows Grint doing a lot more film work than I had realized. The shooting schedule of a weekly series may be beyond his ability. Making the Doctor a “ginger” would be a great twist to a long running joke. Ron Weasley is younger than Matt Smith and could serve the show for quite a while.
Siddig hits right in the middle of the possibilities as far as age. A veteran of seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine his sci-fi street cred is already established. With a lot of talk swirling about the possibility of the first black Doctor or the first female Doctor, Siddig would be the first Sudanese Doctor. As an actor his range is very broad. He could embody all of the previous incarnations while bringing a new reverence to the character.
Which leads me to a few actors who have no business being the Doctor:
I don’t know why every time a role like the Doctor comes along names of actors who are already experiencing success in feature films get tossed into the mix. Personally I think Pegg would make a fine Doctor. His comic timing would be a welcome addition to the character. However, I fear the scripts would be too joke heavy in order to capitalize on this ability.
DEAR GOD NO!!
Daniel Day Lewis:
There is no part that Daniel Day-Lewis cannot play. Anytime there is a discussion amongst my friends as to who should play any role I always throw Lewis out there. In reality he would be the most expensive doctor in history, and when we reach the end of his run the show would also be no more; I mean who would follow him? Also as a character actor Day-Lewis doesn’t just play a part, he inhabits it. Imagine if Day-Lewis lived as The Doctor in his off time. It would almost be worth whatever it cost to get him to consider it.
Just a few suggestions for people who should and should not play the Doctor. Who do you like for number 12?