Just who is… The Next Doctor?

By now, you can’t have failed to notice talk of a second Doctor in this years Doctor Who Christmas Special.

The Next Doctor will, we’re told, put the Doctor alongside a future version of himself, played by David Tennant’s Blackpool co-star David Morrissey.

With screen credits going back as far as 1983, he perhaps remains best known for his starring role in the Hollywood flop Basic Instinct II in 2006 alongside a Sharon Stone desperate to revive her flagged career. He’s also starred in State of Play and The Knock on television.

Born in 21 June 1964 in Liverpool, David Morrissey started acting at the city’s Everyman’s Youth Theatre, making his debut in 1983 in One Summer, a series about two Liverpool runaways. Attaining his degree at RADA, he worked in theatre with companies Cheek By Jowl the Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre.

Interestingly, Morrissey is married to novelist Esther Freud, the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and daughter of artist Lucian Freud.

As "The Next Doctor", we’re told Morrissey’s entrance will be "dashing, brilliant, amazing, clever, witty". When asked his name by the Tenth Doctor, he will reply "I’m the Doctor!"

Of course, this opens up a can of interesting worms and pitfalls, timey-wimey stuff and nonsense.

Most importantly though – why would he introduce himself to a former incarnation as "the Doctor" and not "I’m you"?

Oh, the mystery is just too much – I can’t wait to see two Doctors pitted against Cybermen and Cybershades in a nineteenth century Christmas setting!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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