With an announcement that might lead some people to think things should never change (pretty ludicrous, when you think about the title character), UK Bookmakers, William Hill and Betfair both claim another white dude is the odds on favorite to become Doctor Who‘s Thirteenth TARDIS traveling Time Lord.
Following yesterday’s mildly surprising announcement by Peter Capaldi that Series 10 will be his last round as the Twelfth Doctor, the world has thrown up innumerable opinions about who should follow in his bootsteps. Of course, as soon as it was announced last year — nearly to the day — that showrunner, Steven Moffat would be stepping down and passing the mantle to Broadchurch showrunner, Chris Chibnall, many of us felt there was a good chance he’d likely usher in a new Doctor. I made it known right away who the obvious best candidate is: her fabulousness, Hayley Atwell. The actress is simply full of wonder and life and personality, and even as she played Peggy Carter, it was difficult not to see how perfectly fit for the Doctor role she is.
But, those pesky bookies have others in mind, namely the current Bond films’ Q, Ben Whishaw. Other names high on the list include Andrew Scott (who’s clearly more suited to play The Master), Rory Kinnear, Rupert Grint, Ben Daniels, Russell Tovey, Martin Freeman, and the lone person of color, Richard Ayoade — who would be my personal pick of that lot.
Look, I’m sure Whishaw would make a perfectly lovely Doctor, might even be reminiscent of one of our favorites, Tennant, but honestly, don’t we think it’s about time to shake things up? And for those who would (however foolishly) like a few more options, let me just open the TARDIS door a little bit wider with a few alternates:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Broadchurch)
Antonia Thomas (Scrotal Recall/Lovesick, Misfits)
Sarah Snook (Black Mirror, Predestination)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror, Touch)
Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, Fleabag, The Night Manager)
Now, don’t let us down, Chris Chibnall!