Martin Shaw: 12th Doctor?

It isn’t often we’ll go all tabloid and start talking about the possibility of a future Doctor being played byu such and such an actor – but we’ll make an exception when the name concerned is Martin Shaw.

Shaw – best known as Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently and of course as CI5’s Ray Doyle in the still-popular action series The Professionals (1978-1982) – has recently spoken to the Radio Times about his career. The 65 year old actor reveals he once turned down the James Bond job (something his Professionals colleague Lewis Collins also auditioned for).

Just as fascinating however is his expression of interest in Doctor Who.

“Who knows, in a couple of years I might go down on my knees and play the Doctor. If I could do it for three months and do other stuff the rest of the year, I’d do it.”

While the chances are that if cast, Shaw would probably be doing Doctor Who for 9 months and “other stuff” for the rest of the year, it is intriguing to imagine the Doctor waking up one day and discover that he is much, much older.

And let’s face it, Martin Shaw is one of television’s enduring actors, with a massive fanbase. If Steven Moffat or his eventual successor should at any time be looking for an older actor to take over from Matt Smith, Martin Shaw should be on the list.


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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