Could Torchwood's Burn Gorman be the Twelfth Doctor?

Torchwood Star Among Names for the Twelfth Doctor

A surprising name has emerged amongst the many actors in contention for the role of the Twelfth Doctor Who.

Former Torchwood star Burn Gorman, who played Owen Harper in the Doctor Who spin-off, is rumoured to be one of the final contenders for the role. If the The Dark Knight Rises actor is successful, it would perhaps be the closest we come to an American Doctor – the actor was born to British parents in Hollywood in 1974.

Another name also rumoured to be amongst the BBC producers’ hypothetical list of actors being considered for the next Time Lord is Green Wing star Julian Rhind-Tutt.

As reported in The Sun, Julian was rumoured to be down to the last few potential Doctors when David Tennant left the role in 2010.

Far away from the close/close-but-no-cigar stakes is former Doctor Who guest-star David Harwood (The End of Time) who unsurprisingly said that playing the Doctor would be an ‘exciting’ prospect.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women David said:

“It would be really difficult to turn down…It’s very exciting. It would be very exciting if the phone rang…Get the BBC on the phone. We should start a pressure group or something!”

Someone else who’s unlikely to receive a call from the BBC is Red Dwarf star Craig Charles, who is quoted in Purple Revolver as saying that he would love to be the first black Doctor:

“Yeah, having a black Doctor Who would be double cool. To be asked by the Beeb would be great, it’s such a classic show.

But I think there would probably be too much cross-over with Red Dwarf, as we’ve got a new series lined up next year.

Also, I would have to grit my teeth a bit, because the thing about Dr Who that always annoyed me was the graphics are crap.

But, even if I can’t be the first black Doctor, I am the first black man to own a house on Corrie, which is as good a claim to fame.”


One name that could tentatively be scrubbed from the every-growing list new Doctors is John Hurt.

As reported by Den of Geek, the man who was introduced as the Doctor in The Name of the Doctor has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s sci-fi Vampire show The Strain, based on the pair’s book trilogy of the same name.

The pilot episode, where the Alien star will reteam with the Hellboy director to play Professor Abraham Setrakian, “a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem”, is set to begin shooting in September – apparently ruling him out of any further appearances beyond the 50th anniversary (or perhaps the Christmas special?)

So is Burn a good fit for the Doctor? Julian Rhind-Tutt certainly has the look but does he have your vote? And should Craig Charles swap the Jupiter Mining Corp for the TARDIS? And why has Ben Miller not yet broken his silence?

Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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