Published on June 16th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds8
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
So there we have it. Normalcy is restored…