I think if you are of a certain age, Gen X you grew up with the Doctor. He was a staple of our after school viewing. I also think we led the charge to get behind the reboot even after Paul McGann starting being all American in that movie we do not name.
So who will take the mantle from Matt Smith? Many people got quite attached to David Tennant, more so than Christopher Eccleston even though he rebooted the series. I have spoken to Whovians who were quite apprehensive with such a young unknown taking on such a mantle. But Matt Smith has owned the role and is a very popular doctor.
The UK bookies who are so cupidinous that they even bet on what they will bet on next, have some favourites on who will replace Matt Smith. And here they are?
I will always remember this Scottish actor for starring with a young Hugh Grant in that weird but wonderful film Lair of the White Worm. You might know him from the Hour. He has of course already been in Doctor Who as a prominent roman in The Fires of Pompeii Episode. He was also in Torchwood. Great actor, but I am not sure that he is the man for the job. He is totally capable and would make a great Doctor, but I think he is too connected and also too well known. Sorry Peter I don't think you are the next Doctor.
The 12th Doctor, the last generation (according to folklore) is rumoured to be something a little different. The most common theory is that he will be coloured. So here is David Harewood. He has the right TV pedigree, and you might know him from the US show Homeland. But you might also know him from Doctor Who episode The End of Time. I just do not believe that they will use an actor who has cameoed before. I could be wrong, but I do not think I am. Great actor but not the Doctor.
I know him as Sidney from Layer Cake, you might know him from Cloud Atlas or Skyfall. Good actor but I think he has a solid career in film and will probbaly be in the next Bond. I don't think he will be the next Doctor.
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In regards to Olivia Coleman being the next Doctor? I don't know she has sold props as a comic British actress, maybe too many. If you don't know her she was the female constable from Hot Fuzz. If the new Doctor is going to be a woman I just don't see her at it.
James Corden? C'OMN! You may or may not know this writer/actor from Gavin and Stacey and the hilarious Lesbian Vampire Killers. He is a very good actor and very funny. Sadly while he would make a grand Doctor he has also been on Doctor Who previously so I sadly rule him out.
A grand actor who you probbaly know from Homeland or Life, but sadly maybe a bit too grand for Doctor Who.
Also from The Hour he has a successful film and TV career in the US. Talented but a bit to 'man of action' to be the Doctor I think.
Gavin and Stacey, Hysteria, and most recently Quartet. Once I was presented with the idea I have to admit that Sheridan is a good option, smart, cheeky and strong she would make a great Doctor. Also less well known than Olivia Colman.
Ok so those are the bookies picks, here are mine
I reckon Robert would be grand, c'mon he would. And I bet he would do it. Sadly I think he has other commitments.
A poor mans Paul Bettany, Julian has also been in the hour and many other productions, but maybe he would make him self available for this. Although he also has a career in Hollywood. He was recently the voice of Jarvis in Iron man 3.
I don't really know who it will be. But I do know that I will be up tomorrow to find out.