Thursday, February 09, 2017

Doctor Who - 13 Actors For The 13th Doctor (Speculation Thread)

Last week it was announced that Peter Capaldi would be stepping down from the role of the Doctor Who along with Steven Moffat during this year's Christmas special, so the speculation for his successor has been afoot for the last week.

I've decided to do my own list in that regard and compared to other lists that have surfaced over the last week, this is one with a round up of more realistic candidates, based on talent, age range (though I do think it'll be a 30 something bloke, I have a few older suggestions), possible availability and familiarity with viewers. So without further ado, here goes.

1: Adrian Lester

Familiar For: Mainly for  Hustle for BBC1 viewers. Also recently seen in London Spy.
Whoverse Connection: None so far.

2: Alfred Enoch

Familiar For: His roles as Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movie universe and recently Wes Gibbons in ABC drama series, How To Get Away With Murder. Also some guest appearances on Sherlock and Broadchurch.
Whoverse Connection: Alfred's father, William Russell played First Doctor companion, Ian Chesterton.

3: Ben Daniels

Familiar For: Roles in Cutting It, Law & Order UK and US productions such as House Of Cards and The Exorcist.
Whoverse Connection: Worked with both Chris Chibnall and Freema Agyeman on Law & Order: UK.

4: Bertie Carvel

Familiar For: His most recent role as a cheating spouse Simon Foster in Doctor Foster. Has also appeared in Les Miserables, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Babylon to name a few things.
Whoverse Connection: He had a bit part in the episode, The Lazarus Experiment.

5: Cyril Nri

Familiar For: Playing Superintendent Adam Okaro in ITV series The Bill as well as Lance in Cucumber for Channel 4.
Whoverse Connection: Appeared in two stories of The Sarah Jane Adventures as the mysterious Shopkeeper as well as a recent appearance on Class as the equally mysterious Chairperson.

6: Damien Molony

Familiar For: Hal Yorke in the final two series of Being Human. Also roles in Ripper Street, Suspects and Crashing in recent years.
Whoverse Connection: None so far.

7: Emun Elliott

Familiar For: Roles in BBC1's The Paradise as well as Lip Service and Threesome.
Whoverse Connection: None so far.

8: James D'Arcy

Familiar For: Recently for playing butler Jarvis in the shortlived ABC series, Agent Carter and as killer Lee in the second series of Broadchurch.
Whoverse Connection: Working with Chibnall on Broadchurch really.

9: Kayvan Novak

Familiar For: Fonejacker but has also appeared in Spooks, Inside No 9, Skins and Paddington to name a few things.
Whoverse Connection: Voiced Handles in The Time Of The Doctor.

10: Kris Marshall

Familiar For: Roles in both My Family and Death In Paradise. Also appeared in Love Actually.
Whoverse Connection: None so far.

11: Paapa Essiedu

Familiar For: Stage productions mainly but has appeared on the small screen in both Utopia and Not Safe For Work.
Whoverse Connection: Appeared in BBC1's and Russell T Davies's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which also featured Matt Lucas and Bernard Cribbins.

12: Sacha Dhawan

Familiar For: Various TV roles, including parts in In The Club, Sherlock, Being Human and Mr Selfridge.
Whoverse Connection: Played Waris Hussein in An Adventure In Space And Time and has also done some work for Big Finish recently.

13: Tom Riley

Familiar For: Playing Leonardo DaVinci in DaVinci's Demons as well as Claude in The Collection for Amazon.
Whoverse Connection: Played Robin Hood in Robot Of Sherwood.

I'm not saying it will be any one of these thirteen actors who will end up succeeding Peter Capaldi in the role but an actor of that sort of calibre and someone who is likely to commit to three full series for Chris Chibnall will definitely be who the BBC will want. Right now, I can't see the show bagging a British actor with a burgeoning Hollywood career or even a female Doctor (despite the tabloid fixation on the latter at the moment) but then again, I could be wrong. Time will tell as it always does.

Who do you want as the 13th Doctor?

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