BY DEREK SAMMS
Word has broken that the new Doctor will be revealed Sunday! Here’s what Deadline is saying:
“Peter Capaldi just wrapped his last regular season as the 12th Time Lord after announcing in January that he would be exiting the Doctor Who role. He still has the Christmas Special to come — and a final appearance at Comic-Con this month — but Whovians who’ve been chomping to learn the identity of the next actor to helm the TARDIS will get their answer on Sunday. BBC One said today that all will be revealed following the men’s final of Wimbledon.”
Season 10 of Doctor Who has now come and gone, and [SPOILER WARNING] after much speculation and build-up, the eponymous Timelord did NOT regenerate… yet. We did, however, see flares of regeneration energy, suggesting we’ll meet the new lead actor soon, most likely in the Christmas special. Until then, speculation must continue.
Let the Doctor be ginger.
But the important question is WILL HE BE GINGER?!?! https://t.co/PAYsMsT46x
— Derek (@ConGuyDerek) July 15, 2017
Whether or not the next regeneration gives us a black or female Doctor, I want to see him (or her) dance for joy around the Tardis console when he (or she) looks in the mirror and at last finds flaming red hair.With that in mind, I’ve put together the following list of actors who could fit the bill quite nicely… and a few who might not but are fun to list anyway. Here they are, my top ten GINGER picks to play the next Doctor:
True, she’s American, but if we’re listing ginger actors we love who are good at playing doctors, she deserves at least a nod. After all, Dr. Crusher already traveled through space and time, so she’s got experience!
This guy is probably a little too much of a tough-guy type, but he’s pretty brilliant in anything. He also played an admirable hero in Band of Brothers and a guy suffering from his past in the short-lived show “Life.”
Let’s be honest: Basically every actor in the UK found a role somewhere in the Wizarding World, and those with red hair played Weasleys. If you’re looking for a British ginger actor, the first place to try is the Burrow. Domnhall played Ron’s older brother Bill in the Harry Potter movies and, like some of his onscreen family, is a solid actor who’s also fun to watch. He’d likely take the Doctor in a more serious direction, but given the range he’s shown in other roles, he could probably give us just enough quirkiness to maintain the show’s light side, in the way that David Tennant could embrace the silly antics but then turn around and show the Doctor’s wrath when a villain stepped over the line.
I know what you’e going to say. “Another Weasley…” But this is one HP actor who really had to be on the list. Propelled to fame in his early days as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, Rupert hasn’t enjoyed the same level of fame as his Hogwarts classmates, Emma Watson (now a Disney princess) and Daniel Radcliffe (who’s popped up a number of places in both serious and comedic roles). This is despite the fact that many fans consider him the best actor of the trio. He can certainly handle both serious and comedic moments, and he’s already pretty well-liked in the nerd world.
The only drawback: He might be TOO famous. The Doctor is typically the role to propel a semi-well-known British actor into epic fan-love, and it’s rare that someone with an already established place in geekdom would take the role. Still, as with his onscreen brother, it’s not impossible, and we can dream of Ron Weasley trading in his Cleansweep 11 for a Tardis.
Yes, he’s American, but he’s about as close to being British as any American actor alive today. Just check out his quirky mannerisms or his role in the original Death at a Funeral. Besides the fact that is accent is almost perfect, he plays understated humor and charm so well he might as well be the lovechild of Fawlty Towers and Keeping Up Appearances.
Perhaps not the route they’d like to go, Simon Pegg is likely a little too busy anyway now that he’s acted in and written for both Star Wars and Star Trek. It sure would be fun to see him round out his collection of iconic sci-fi franchises with Doctor Who, though. We’ve also seen him play both comedic and serious roles, so there’s no question of his versatility.
Here’s an actor you might not easily recognize, but you’ll know some of the things he’s been in: X-Men: First Class, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, to name a few. He’s another of those guys who’s been everywhere but you didn’t know it because he’s such a chameleon. That kind of versatility is great for a quirky character like the Doctor, and Jason could certainly take us through those peaks and valleys.
This is one actor Mark Gatiss and co. should definitely consider. He’s been in a ton of things, although you might not know him unless you’re a big fan of British TV, where he’s appeared in such shows as Merlin and Banished. If you want to see why he’d be a great Timelord, you should check out season 3 episode 5 of Black Books, where he showed up as — get this — a charismatic travel writer. The character is known for his charm and his adventures, and all the other characters quickly become obsessed with him. If that’s not perfect preparation to play the Doctor, I don’t know what is.
Like Jason, Julian would also be older than Doctors 9 through 11 were during their run, and he hasn’t shown up in many fan-speculation lists, but in many ways he’s perfect. He’s handsome enough without looking like an action hero, he’s quirky, and he’s as British as one can get (his middle name is Alistair, for crying out loud). It doesn’t get much better than that.
What do you think? Would you like to see any of these actors as the next Doctor? Can you think of more we should have included? Let us know in the comments!