Published on June 16th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds
What the Stars Say about the Next Doctor
One of the early names thrown into the ring and then swiftly, and rather wittily, tossed straight back out again was Stephen Mangan (Dirk Gently) who posted a photo of himself:
Who are you? pic.twitter.com/QrQegn71JH
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) June 1, 2013
He then tweeted
Can’t wait to start work as the new Doctor on Thursday.
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) June 2, 2013
…which was immediately followed by ‘Seriously – I’m not the new Doctor Who. I don’t know where these rumours start’ [er, with you by the look of things, Stephen! - Ed].
One RTD endorsed name that quickly scorched rumours he was about to jump on board the TARDIS was Russell Tovey (Being Human), who joined in the fun on Twitter that faithful Sunday with:
Sad to hear of Matt Smith's doctor departure, he truly is a superb actor and made the Doc proper.. Who's next tho eh? Who's next.. Hmmm x
— russell tovey (@russelltovey) June 2, 2013
‘Hmmm’ indeed but that ‘hmmm’ would only last four days where Russell used the international language of ‘Knock, Knock’ jokes to declare himself out of the running that he probably was never in to begin with:
Doctor doctor? Who's there? Russell Tovey? Russell Tovey, Isn't he gonna be the new twelfth Doctor Who? No x :-)
— russell tovey (@russelltovey) June 5, 2013
Sensing a distinct lack of British eccentricity in the hunt to fill the country’s most eccentric role Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell (via The Independent) took it upon himself to ask Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to fill this hole (said the actress to the bishop); to which he replied in the affirmative:
Yeah, I’d love to be him, I’d be like a Tom Baker one, like a sort of long scarf, flouncy, wistful, quoting occasional poems, kicking Cybermen in the nuts. This is what the country needs.
I would just travel through time pinching people’s a***s. Carry on up the worm hole. Like quantum physics, so that is actually perfect. No, we can’t have that in the Tardis, ‘ere it’s a lot bigger on the inside.
Taking up the smutty baton from Brand, Matthew Rhys (The Americans) stumbled Doctor alike onto the Planet of Unintended Innuendo during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live’s Richard Bacon:
I don’t think I could pull off Doctor Who – especially after what Matt has done with it.
Someone else who would actually love to pull off the Doctor, thank you very much is Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Dimensions in Time) – who knowing his way around a quote or two told the Radio Times:
I’ve always wanted to play Doctor Who. Hamlet and Doctor Who – and I’ve done Hamlet.
Seeking to buck the trend of younger and younger actors taking on the role of the Doctor West wants to bring back the essential ‘otherness’ to the deeply alien Doctor:
I think he should be slightly other. I remember when I first started watching it he was a little bit like a frightening grandfather and I don’t want to be a grandfather but I don’t think he should be cuddly. ‘Other’ is the word, he should be a bit ‘other’.
And with love comes denial; for why he may love the show, he cannot be a part of it. This is the plight of Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), a man who despite receiving the nod for the role from Starburst Magazine along with Dominic Cooper (The History Boys) and Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror), can’t even get his own agent to take it seriously.
Speaking to RTÉ TEN Domhnall said:
There’s nothing to [it…I heard about it from my agent [who] sent me a website, [and was] laughing about the fact that people were saying that I was being talked about. I was like, ‘That’s lovely: my own agent is laughing at the idea!’
So, it’s not true and there’s nothing you can do about people just spouting a whole load of s**te on the internet!
He’s on to me! Shut it down!
And now, with everybody that little bit clearer and with only one obvious choice left to fill the role (seriously, you’ve not guessed it?) it was left to Neil Gaiman to restore a semblance of calm to proceedings with this post on his Tumblr page:
I want to be taken by surprise. I want to squint at a photo of the person online and go “but how can that be The Doctor? Then I want to be amazingly, delightedly, completely proven wrong, and, six episodes in, I want to wonder how I could have been so blind. Because this is the Doctor. Of course it is.
So there we have it. Normalcy is restored…