Programme Name: We'll Take Manhattan - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: 17/01/2012 - Picture Shows: Strictly embargoed for use in print or online before January 17th 2012. David Bailey (ANEURIN BARNARD) - (C) Kudos - Photographer: Daniel Krieger

Aneurin Barnard Wants to be 12th Doctor

Someone who would ‘absolutely’ consider taking the role of the Doctor is The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard.

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The Welsh actor, who in the past has been touted as a potential James Bond, has said he is a fan of the show and that it seemed ‘like a very good, fun job to be involved in’.

Aneurin, who played David Bailey alongside former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan in We’ll Take Manhattan, told the Radio Times:

“It’s one of those roles that has lived through time…It’s an endless tale and what’s interesting about Doctor Who is it can go in any direction at any point and every Doctor is taken very differently.”

He added:

“It’s a great piece of storytelling and you can have a lot of fun with that. I’m a fan, too, and I do catch it when I can, and I like all the old stuff.”

A great piece of storytelling it may be, however there are certain corners of the internet crying out for the Doctor to break with that storytelling tradition and, when the time comes for Matt Smith to say goodbye, regenerate into a woman.

One fan who is opposed to such a change is Law and Order: UK star Georgia Taylor.

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Citing the reaction of fans to Dr Watson swapping gender in the recent, superfluous American case book of Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, Georgia said:

“It’s never going to happen. That’s not me doing a disservice to womankind, it is just one of those things.

It’s a bit like when they did Elementary. It wasn’t even Sherlock, it was his assistant, but the outrage that caused.”

As to whether the actress would like to appear on show, she said:

“I don’t think they will ever do it and I think now I am getting too old to even be the Doctor’s assistant.

They are all in their early 20s, and pretty. I think that ship has sailed for me, but I would like to be a Doctor Who baddie.”

So could you see Aneurin as the Doctor? Would changing the Doctor’s sex cause outrage or are you open to such a change?



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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.


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