Who’s Next?: The Search Begins for the 12th Doctor Who
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
The Internet is abuzz after Matt Smith announced Saturday he will soon be leaving Doctor Who. Since his tenure began in 2010, he has led his companions on many memorable and exciting adventures including meeting Vincent van Gogh, encountering the Silence, and being instrumental in River Song meeting her parents. He will wrap up his run after participating in the series’ 50th anniversary and his final episode will be the annual Christmas Special. His departure has led to much speculation about who will pilot the TARDIS now. Here are my suggestions for who should take over. Who would you add to the list?
Acting professionally since he age of nineteen, Ben has most recently been seen in Skyfall and BBC’s The Hour. Though he is a couple of years older than Matt Smith, they both share a quirkiness and boyish charm essential to playing The Doctor.
Andrew Lee Potts
Andrew is a prolific actor, having appeared in a wide range of television and film genres. What put him on many people’s radars, however, was his turn as Hatter in Syfy’s miniseries Alice and he has since become a favorite on BBC’s Primeval. He acts with intensity and conviction and as such would make a worthy Doctor.
Though he has already played a part in a 2008 Doctor Who episode, that shouldn’t stop him from filling Matt Smith’s shoes. After all, Karen Gillan had a bit part on the show before becoming Amy Pond! Colin portrayed Merlin for five years before it recently wrapped, so starring in a show with a passionate fandom would be nothing new to him!
Perhaps most famous for his role as Bill Weasley in the last two Harry Potter movies, Domhnall’s star has lately been rising due to roles in True Grit and Anna Karenina. He’s not a household name yet, however, which could work to his advantage if he wanted to take over after Matt Smith leaves. Plus, The Doctor could finally be ginger!
The second Harry Potter actor on the list, Matthew played Neville Longbottom in the beloved series. He has grown up a lot in the two years since the last movie came out, and could bring a sense of humor and youth to Doctor Who, carrying on those same characteristics Matt Smith has already set forth in the role.
Andrew immerses himself into every role he plays. In fact, he won a BAFTA last year for his role as Moriarty on Sherlock. He could bring an edge to dramatic Who scenes, and the lighter storylines could give him the opportunity to show a side he doesn’t get to all that often.
Thomas Brodie Sangster
The youngest on this list, Thomas would be the perfect choice if Doctor Who continues their trend of casting younger actors with each regeneration. He, like Colin Morgan, has already appeared on the show, but he has grown considerably in the six years since then. His obvious youthful innocence would be advantageous in the role, which is ironic considering The Doctor is over 900 years old!
In his varied and impressive career, Jim has worked with some of the best actors, actresses, and directors of today. Because of this, he could easily adapt to new companions, writers, and directors. His acting is genuine and would be a perfect fit for The Doctor.
Jamie burst on to the scene thirteen years ago as Billy Elliot and has been growing as an actor ever since. He, like a few others on this list, is younger than Matt Smith and could apply a sense of wonder to the role, while still maintaining an air of being wise-beyond-his-years.
Again with the actors who have already appeared on Doctor Who! (It’s like they only have six actors or something!) According to Russell T. Davies, Harry was suggested as a possible replacement for David Tennant when he left, so if he’s good enough for him, he’s good enough for me!