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?

Ben Whishaw

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.

Colin Morgan

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!

Domhnall Gleeson

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!

Matthew Lewis

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 Scott

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!

Jim Sturgess

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 Bell

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.

Harry Lloyd

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!


  1. flashmary97June 4th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    colin morgan!

  2. WilliamJune 4th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I have a wild theory: the 12th Time Lord regenerates as a female; because Clara and the Doctor’s time streams are now intertwined the next regeneration is all wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey and it ends up being Clara when regeneration is complete.

  3. ElJune 5th, 2013 at 4:28 am

    I say there needs to be a miniseries… focusing on the Doctor’s daughter… and involving David Tennant and Rose. Something happens that causes the Doctor and Rose to have to somehow leave their world and break into the Universe and their old dimension… to save all the universes and all the dimensions that exist. Some incredible disaster on the scale of Bad Wolf or greater. And they they go on a four episode adventure. And we can all be happy. This is my plan.

  4. nerditaJune 5th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    2 Things:

    Is being white, pale, with disheveled hair a requirement now? I’ve seen some nominations for Black British actors that I think would be fantastic, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Richard Ayoade being two of them.

    Also, how many would give Paul McGann a shot at being the next doctor? He’s my #1 pick for #12 !

  5. LeilaniJune 6th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Why isn’t anyone speculating that it might be John Hurt? Yes he is being introduced as an early (unworthy) incarnation, but Mr. Moffat did also say “Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor” at the end of the season finale. Does anyone know of any reason why he could not be the next Doctor?

  6. Clara Oswin OswaldJune 7th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Almost all the companions have been in doctor who before they were companions. Amy Pond played a girl in the sisterhood in the Fires of Pompeii Donna Noble had an entire episode The Runaway Bride and Martha Jones was in Doomsday.

  7. p1234June 9th, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Ben whishaw? He was great in bond

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