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Published on January 3rd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

11th Doctor Madness!

So we’re just hours away from final confirmation of the identity of the Eleventh actor to star as the lead in Doctor Who!

While we have our own opinion on who the actor is, there have been some clues, such as David Tennant referring to his successor as "chap" and Seventh Doctor actor Sylvester McCoy referring on radio yesterday to their previous work with Steven Moffat.

BBC Wales Controlla Menna Richards has said:

“The new Doctor will bring their own brand of screen magic to our flagship BBC Wales drama. Doctor Who fans everywhere are in for a real treat.”

Hopefully "chap" would rule out a female actor (as frankly there are more than enough strong roles for women in British television. You give me the name of another role as strong and recognisable as the Doctor, and I’ll give you a show with no future) while referring to previous work brings us back to a handful of actors, most notably Paterson Joseph who remains favourite.

Other names in the (Midshipman) frame include:

  • Russell Tovey
  • Robert Carlyle
  • Sean Pertwee
  • David Morrissey
  • Spade-faced Matt Smith
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor

Of course a good couple of these names can be ruled out if Steven Moffat sticks to his earlier stated preference of an "older Doctor", probably placing the age of the cast actor between 40 and 50.

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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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