Who is the Next Doctor, David?

David Tennant spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday, and among other things discussed the identity of David Morrissey’s Next Doctor.

There has of course been many theories as to the identifty of The Next Doctor, ranging from an early version of the First Doctor to a regenerated version of the blue suited alternative Doctor who stayed behind in Pete’s World – via con man or deluded lunatic. Tennant speaks as if it is an apparent, done deal that Morrissey’s Doctor is a later version of the Time Lord we all know and love.

“The Doctor’s on his own now and he lands in Victorian London and meets a future version of himself played by David Morrissey – who else would you want to cast as the Doctor, really? It’s sort of perfect casting – but this Doctor, this future version of the Doctor doesn’t seem to know who the current Doctor is, so clearly something has gone a bit wrong. He’s had a memory lapse and is in a bit of a difficult state, that’s got something to do with the fact that he’s fighting the Cybermen at the time.”

And who does David see as the best replacement (this week, after previously suggesting Billie Piper and Wee Jimmy Krankie)?

“Well, it might be David Morrissey, of course. He is playing the next Doctor on Christmas Day, so I’d be very happy to leave it with him. But everyone’s being suggested – I think both Vic [Reeves] and Bob [Mortimer] have been suggested, so it could be anyone.”

Imagine that – Vic and Bob as Doctor and Master! Incidentally if you caught their version of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased),
back in 2001, a certain David Tennant appeared as a major character in the very first episode…

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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