Doctor Who News Could Nathaniel Parker be the next Doctor Who?

Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

Inspector Lynley Star Wants Older Doctor Who

Nathaniel Parker, who stars as the BBC’s Inspector Lynley (and played Agravaine in Merlin) has recently talked about how Doctor Who needs an older actor to play the lead role again.

Could Nathaniel Parker be the next Doctor Who?

The actor told Mandrake, a news and gossip column for the Daily Telegraph that the actors who play the Time Lord keep getting “younger and younger”. In fact he went on to suggest how the show could move forward in the future:

An old Doctor Who, that’s what we need…I’d love a part in it [Doctor Who], I’d love to play The Doctor himself.

While it’s a nice gesture, we think that we’ll stick with Matt Smith for now as he’s utterly brilliant in the role.

It does raise the question though, of whether the Doctor should be portrayed by a younger or older actor. Generally, the part has always gone to gentlemen over the age of thirty and before Matt Smith took the keys to the TARDIS in 2010 aged only twenty seven, the youngest actors to portray the part were Peter Davison and David Tennant who were twenty nine and thirty four respectively when they started their tenures. Paul McGann was already thirty six for his six weeks of filming as the Eighth Doctor.

However, it could be argued that the younger incarnations of the Doctor have always injected a fresh energy into the show and normally follow on from a previously older incumbent so sometimes it’s completely necessary.

What do you think? Should the next Doctor be older and wiser or should he remain young and foolish to fool his enemies into misjudging him?


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6 Responses to Inspector Lynley Star Wants Older Doctor Who

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I believe what they said in the Doctor Who Confidential that introduced Matt. The Doctor is not an easy role to get right, so when they find someone who can nail it, age becomes irrelevant. If there is an actor who auditions for Twelve and is older and nails it, then that’s good. If its another young man, that’s fine too. I trust the Doctor Who team never to cast to appeal to a demographic. They have always shown they know what they’re doing.

  2. avatar Spaceman says:

    Agreed. To be honest, despite all our personal preferences of current and past actors, they have never cast a wrong un as the Doctor. My only concern for the future after Matt is the person who takes over from Moffat…

  3. avatar leo says:

    J J Abraham’s perhaps-it’s the only one of the big three he hasn’t done so far….lol.

  4. avatar lozzer says:

    I don’t think age matters too much – I think Matt was about as young as they could go without it being the CBBC younger adventures of Doctor Who. I’d like an older actor next time, and I think we’ll be getting a new Doctor in the new year of 2014. I also think the reason we’re not getting much Doctor Who this year is because Matt wants out and they’re trying to stretch his time out during the anniversary year instead of introducing a new Doctor.

  5. avatar daniel says:

    It will be interesting to see whether the Moff has someone in mind or whether it will be another round of auditions.

  6. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I second that as another American. Keep DW in British hands!

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