So, now the initial dust has settled regarding the departure from Doctor Who of you-know-Who, the internet, fandom and most of the world are talking furiously about who will be the next person to take the keys to the TARDIS.
Rumours are rife, suggestions are everywhere and heated debates regarding the Doctor’s gender are probably causing internet servers worldwide to crash or at least have IT specialists consider creating a dedicated server just for Doctor Who news pages.
There are some good names floating about (Paterson Joseph) and some ridiculous suggestions (Billie Piper, David Tennant). However, the name that seems to be causing plenty of waves at the moment is one Ben Daniels but that might be because of website Bleeding Cool!
When booking initially opened for the next Doctor courtesy of SkyBet, Daniels was given odds of 50 to 1 that he would become the Twelfth Doctor. After Bleeding Cool ran an article stating that the actor was their personal favourite, the odds were almost instantly cut to 20 to 1 and then dropped even further finishing at 6 to 1. Now that’s a powerful website, one that can suggest an actor and create a ripple effect that hits the betting shops.
However, as this is the first week that The Search for the New Doctor started, it could be anyone; anyone at all. Considering that last time this happened, lots of names were favourites before Moffat and his team found Matt Smith and created Doctor gold dust through his unique performance.
Also bear in mind that Rich Johnston, the writer of the Bleeding Cool article that inspired this post, was also the main online proponent in 2009 (as was Kasterborous) that suggested Paterson ‘where’s my money?’ Joseph was the favourite actor to take up the mantle of the Eleventh Doctor.
Look how that turned out…