Tennant’s special

So David Tennant has decided to hang up his trainers and regenerate into a relative dimension of obscurity. I wasn’t thrilled by this news at first, and was originally going to call this post “God is Dead”. But that would perhaps have been a slight overreaction…

I think he’s right - as Russell T Davis and Julie Gardner are both leaving as well this seems like a good time to go, which will let Stephen Moffat have a clear run to do his own thing. There’s also the ol’ “get out-while the going is good aspect”; it would be a shame if he had done a few more series that just didn’t live up to what has gone before. Although I guess the specials still to come could be as bad as last year’s Christmas episode.

Anyway, obviously the big question is Who next? (that pun has been used before, and will be used again). My criteria for how to choose the next Doctor (purely from a personal point of preference) would be as follows:

  • Someone older - I don’t necessarily mean William Hartnell old, but just someone who is a bit less, well, young and er… hip. Someone who can’t just run about all the time. The old Doctors were always a bit more of a father-figure to his companions rather than a buddy I reckon, and it might be good to get back to this a bit. It would also remove any possibility of another romance, which would be a good thing (keep the love of Rose pure!)
  • Someone with a spooky edge - having recently watched some of the old Tom Baker episodes recently, one of the things that made him stand out was that his Doctor was a strange fellow. You feel like you never know what he’s going to do next, and there’s something about his grin that can be rather chilling. He also wasn’t that nice to all his companions the whole time, and in fact was down-right nasty to some. Crazy eyes too.
  • Someone who can act - Tennant and Ecclestone are both actual, real actors, and that give the whole thing an edge of quality that couldn’t be achieved otherwise. There’s always the slight fear that they’ll get in a familiar face, someone young, sexy, and popular, just for the sake of it. So not Russell Brand then…
  • Perhaps someone a bit more serious (within reason) who doesn’t have the constant excitable, nervous energy that both Doctors 9 and 10 had.
  • Someone who isn’t James Nesbitt.

Ultimately I just want someone who is a bit different to what has gone before. And who isn’t James Nesbitt.

The BBC Website has published a list of the top rated candidates and I may as well give them the once over. Let’s look at the front runners:

Paterson Joseph - Like it, like it a lot. He’s quite a big guy, has an awesome voice and plenty of gravitas. I reckon he could also do spooky and intense very well. Obviously there would be plenty said on the fact that he would be the first black doctor, but it surely makes no difference at all. There was talk previously of a female Doctor (can Time Lords change gender, oh geeks out there?) and even rumoured at one point that Billy was going to get the role. Nightmare! Anyway, he’s the favourite with the bookies, and I would be more than pleased if he got the job.

David Morrissey - He’s actually a bit of an unknown quantity for me. Somehow I’ve managed to avoid all the things he’s been in, but I’ve heard only good comments. So I can’t say much more until after the Christmas episode…

Sean Pertwee - I had heard all the others being mentioned before in rumour and small talk, but this one took me by surprise today. And I’m loving it. He also has a great voice (see Equilibrium for details), and great screen presence, and has a slightly mean edge to him that could be awesome. And he’s hard as nails, which would be different.

James Nesbitt - No. No no no no no no no. Seriously. No. Stop that. It’s almost unthinkable. It would just be James Nesbitt in a scarf. No. Alan Davies has been mentioned numerous times in the past and I would be just as against him too. They’re both too famous and familiar, and in every other bloody thing on TV.

Just… no.

Russell Tovey - Once again a relative unknown for me. He was good in the Christmas episode (considering how bad most of it was) but really is just too young for me to agree with.

James McAvoy - Surely he’s too busy with his Hollywood career to do Doctor Who? He also doesn’t do well against my criteria above, but he would probably be okay. I just don’t see it happening.

I’m trying to think of who I would pick, apart from either Mr Joseph or Pertwee. Well, Trevor McDonald is leaving News at Ten, and he does fall into some of my criteria… perhaps not.

Send me you thoughts and suggestion please, in the usual way.

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6 Responses to “Tennant’s special”

  1. Rich Says:

    My wish list (seriously):

    1. Gary Oldman
    2. Robert Carlysle
    3. Ben Kingsley (playing it like his chracter in Sexy Beast)
    4. Mark Heap
    5. Julian Rhind-Tutt
    6. Vince or Howard
    7. Naboo
    8. Patrick Baladi
    9. James Lance
    10. Nicholas Burns
    11. Stephen Mangan
    12. Vic Reeves

  2. The Bob Says:

    Gary Oldman would be amazing. Which makes me also think that David Thewlis (who plays Lupin in the Harry Potter films) would also be great.

    Mark Heap would be kinda silly, but interesting…

    Julian Rhind-Tutt though - you’re definitely onto something there! He was rather good at the serious, mysterious stuff in Merlin I have to say. We should write to the BBC immediately…

  3. Heather Says:

    David Thewlis - hadn’t even thought about him, but he’s a very sexy man and a whole lot less well known than Oldman, who would surely be too busy being The Man to bother with being the Doctor.

    Another friend suggested Alastair Mackenzie - how about it? With his brother David directing, we could have a very different sort of Who.

  4. The Bob Says:

    I was having this conversation the other day with someone who had heard a rumour that Dawn French had been approached for the role… Not quite as mad as it first sounds, but once again she is too well known.

    Another good suggestion for a female Doctor (which I am somewhat against in principle) was Dame Maggie Smith! Take it back to the original cantankerous old person thing. Could be good! I just wish they hadn’t regenerated the Master from Derek Jacobi - he was top class.

  5. Penny Says:

    Midshipman Frame is Rudge! Thank you - that’s beeen bugging me all year since the Christmas episode! Although not enough to actually look it up on IMDb, obviously. Anyway, I agree, too young. I like Sean Pertwee. Not for the Doctor necessarily, just in general. For the Doctor, Julian Rhind-Tutt would be an inspired choice.

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