WHO I WANT FOR THE NEXT DOCTOR WHO


This past weekend my daughter and I watched through what the American market calls the Seventh Season of Doctor Who . . . that's what the DVD said anyway.

This would be the final season in which Matt Smith (my daughter's favorite) portrays the Doctor. Well, I mean, there's still Day of the Doctor and then Time of the Doctor, but after that he's done.

Anyway, thinking of moving on to Peter Capaldi (who became the Doctor in 2013 and maintains the role still) and how his turn would soon be up, I couldn't help but think who might be next and then fantasizing on who I would really like to see in the role.

But first, I feel I should let it be known that my favorite Doctor so far is the great David Tennant.


Okay, now that that's out of the way, after giving the subject more thought than it probably deserves, here are my picks for the next Doctor Who.


I'm going to just go ahead and assume that most of my fellow Americans know Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House from the fox show, House. Some of them may not even know that he's British. Well, he is.

I know him from the show Blackadder where he played a delightfully lovable imbecile in both Series 3 and 4.

Hugh Laurie has proven, time and time again, his full range playing both drama and comedy. It's time to play a whole new doctor, Hugh.


Best known as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter franchise, he's shown he can be more than the side kick of The Boy Who Lived. If you don't believe me, check out young Rupert in Wild Target, with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, and Moonwalkers (which I'll admit I never finished, but that's only because I'm an old man and I was tired and then never got back to it. I don't have to prove myself to you!). Besides, he's a ginger like me and I like to see the gingers representing.


To stick with the Harry Potter theme, I'd like to see Hermione Gragner herself, Emma Watson, be the first female to play the role of the Doctor. I think it's time and I think she's up to the task.

Emma Watson can handle the comedy, the drama, and more importantly, she has the gravitas to tell someone that she's going to mess them up in the way that only the Doctor can, and make it more than believable.


Idris Elba is actually my top choice for the next Doctor. This needs to happen. I really don't feel like I need to say more. Watch Luther, watch Pacific Rim, watch anything the man has been in and you will realize that he really is the best choice.


The star of the great Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and World's End) Simon Pegg is one of my absolute favorites. But to be honest, I think I'd rather like to see him play the Doctor's companion more than the Doctor himself.

In fact, how about Idris Elba as the Doctor, and Simon Pegg is his companion. I'm sold. Now I just have to make some calls.

That's my list, and regardless of what I said above about putting more thought into this than it was worth, I really didn't put much thought into it at all. These were the names and faces that popped into my head when I thought about the next Doctor.

I'm sure there are plenty more out there that I could think of if given the time.

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