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Published on June 26th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Two Guys Who Won’t Be Twelve

There’s one reason why Ben Whishaw won’t be the Twelfth Doctor and that reason is… Bond, James Bond.


The Skyfall actor has dampened expectations by telling the Daily Mail (via Entertainmentwise) that he couldn’t possibly be both Q and the Doctor:

“It’s not going to be me. But I don’t mind – I don’t think you can be Q and Doctor Who. It would be a bit wrong.”

With rumours circulating that Sam Mendes is still undecided on whether or not he’ll direct the 24th instalment of the Bond franchise – talks had reportedly begun with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson but no decision will be made until Sam’s latest project, the new West End adaptation of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which opened this week, is up on its feet – it’s understandable that Ben would want to keep his schedule TARDIS free.

However, if other rumours are true and recent favourite Rory Kinnear does take the role, it turns out you can be both Tanner, Bond’s ally and MI6’s Chief of Staff, and the Doctor.

God, it’s just one rule for Q and another Tanner!misc-davidharewood

Another man who’s a law unto himself is perennial rumour favourite is Emmy hopeful, and Homeland star David Harewood, who has been talking to Entertainment Weekly about his chances of becoming the Doctor:

“It’s only rumours but it’s amazing to be attached to such an iconic role. It would be extraordinary if the BBC were to make me the first black Doctor Who, it would be extraordinary. But I’m almost scared to make any comment whatsoever.”

However that didn’t stop him from speculating on just what his Doctor might be wearing:

“It would definitely be something extremely sharp. Something extremely sharp and tailored. And not to kind of put too dark a pun on it, but I would make him darker. I would like to make this guy a bit of a badass if I was to do it.”


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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.

9 Responses to Two Guys Who Won’t Be Twelve

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Yeah, no. There will be no making the Doctor a ‘badass’. Yes, sometimes he does some badass things, but he’s not Bond or Indiana Jones or Han Solo.

  2. avatar Jon Roberts says:

    I agree if you make the Doctor too ‘badass’ you make him one dimentional like most Hollywood hero’s and that’s not the route we want the Doctor to take.

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    I just watched “The End of Time”. David Harewood might be too recent to be the next Doctor.

    • avatar francis cave says:

      Well Colin Baker was announced as the Doctor the same year he appeared in Arc of Infinity and its around three and a half years since End of Time was shown so its not impossible…

      • avatar TonyS says:

        I agree it’s not impossible. I still think it’s unlikely though

        • avatar francis cave says:

          If the actor was up for the role then it is possible.

          However it is another case of someone being asked on a chat show whether or not they would be interested in the role, answering they would be, then suddenly it is reported as news that they are being considered for the role…

          • avatar TonyS says:

            Yes I agree. And with each day that passes I become more and more convinced that Doc 12 is already cast, anyway. Fun speculating though.

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