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Published on June 7th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

How Does Wes Crusher Know Who the Next Doctor is?

Will the next Doctor be played by a black actor? Will he be a woman? Wil Wheaton – formerly of Star Trek: The Next Generation and a confirmed geek – claims to know.

Chiwetel Ejiofor expressed interest in Doctor Who

In a response to news that actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has been reduced to 7/1 to be the twelfth Doctor Who, Wheaton posted on his Tumblr:

Am I the only person who knows who has been cast as the next Doctor, and who has known this was coming for several weeks? I figured that if it filtered down to me, it must be common knowledge among people who matter.

…now I feel kind of special. Yay me.

Hmm. You were kind of special in Star Trek: TNG too…

But seriously, how does the former Wes Crusher actor know? There are rumours he heard via John “the Flash” Barrowman, but if that’s the case then the Captain Jack actor is being uncharacteristically tight-lipped.

(Via The Mary Sue.)


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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+.

22 Responses to How Does Wes Crusher Know Who the Next Doctor is?

  1. avatar Paul Blume says:

    Yeah…Wesley Crusher was ‘special’ in a ‘short bus’ sort of way.

  2. avatar Miss Universe says:

    as long as Wesley Crusher will not be the next Doctor…

  3. avatar Al says:

    I still think it’ll end up being someone not on anyone’s radar.

  4. avatar TonyS says:

    Wil Wheaton? Seriously?

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    The only way he knows is if the next doctor is the guy who plays Sheldon in Big Bang theory. Which I’m pretty sure it’s not!

  6. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    It’s…’s April fools again…..right?

  7. avatar TonyS says:

    Unless he really does have a time machine

  8. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    He was the Adric of Star Trek. Can be quite funny in The Big Bang Theory though. At least he can laugh at himself.

    • He was great as young Gordie in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me – reckon he got the news about the 12th Doc from those time leeches near the end of the film ;D

  9. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Well since Wesley left to travel the universe with the Traveler in TNG, he has timey-wimey powers of his own.

    Seriously though, he’s got no more clue than the rest of us.

  10. avatar TonyS says:

    I don’t think he’s saying he has the part. Please tell me he isn’t saying that!

    • avatar TimeChaser says:

      Stay calm. I know Moffat wouldn’t cast an American. Its just mind games.

  11. avatar TonyS says:

    Not even Charlie Sheen?

  12. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    Chiwetel Ejiofor would make a good Doctor.

    Still it’s got to be said………………Wheatooooooooon!!!!!

  13. avatar Whisper says:

    Wheaton knows who the next Doctor is maybe because……he is the next doctor.
    *inhales breath*

  14. avatar dr jon says:

    It’s a joke it must be, he was in star trek and he knows some fans would just make more out of what he is saying. I think the new dr will be a lesser known actor than a more well known one. Matt smith was not well known but a good actor and a good choice. As long as the new dr can act and fits the role well the chance’s are that they will stay longer in the role the don’t want to make the same mistake as picking an actor who is well known as with the nine dr.

  15. avatar STLShawn says:

    I guess I’ll go ahead and do it just to keep the squabbling down,,, one little thing in November, but other than that i’ll be glad to put on the galoshes and my squirrel hair jacket and become the new doctor.

  16. avatar BOJAY says:

    Wasn’t Wil Wheaton’s Wes Crusher sort of the Adric of Star Trek TNG? I think he’s just trying to draw attention to himself.

  17. avatar Dr Hula Hoop says:

    I know that Wes is big friends with Charlie Sheen. Could our dream be coming true?

    • avatar TonyS says:

      Maybe we need to step up the campaign a bit?

  18. avatar David F says:

    Haha. I love this idea that he might have heard from John Barrowman . . . As if Moffat and the producers, who jealously guard every secret, would randomly and unnecessarily inform a former cast member notorious for being unable to keep quiet about anything.

  19. avatar Ian says:

    Wasn’t Patterson Joseph the bookies favorite to take over from David Tennant? Remember take everything with a pinch of salt ;)
    Wil Wheaton is just stiring the rumour mill.

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