A rare weekend post from me, because we’re about to find out who’s Who!
7pm BBC1 Sunday the 4th.
I thought I’d put in my two preferences again. I don’t think either will have been cast, but I think they’d both be great choices.
Paul Bettany has two movies scheduled for release next year, but they might already be in post-production, but unless he’s slated for anything else he’d certainly be available to film Doctor Who. Also, crucially, he’s not unknown to US viewers, but hasn’t really firmed himself up in a particular role. He’s a fast talker, the right age, eye candy for the girls. A perfect choice.
Andrew Lincoln. He’s known in the US market thanks to The Walking Dead, but in IMDB isn’t down for any work after the end of the last series. Again, an ideal choice and he’s available.
Any one else? There’s a few others that I’d be pretty happy to see in the part:
Jack Davenport and Ben Miles have both worked with Steven Moffat before. Alan Rickman would be an ‘out of the box’ choice, and a good ‘dark Doctor’. Also from the HP franchise (which doesn’t engender much affection from me) is Matthew Lewis but I think he’d be too young.
Importantly, they’re all English. They’re all men. So long as those two criteria are met, I’ll give the show the benefit of the doubt and assume they know what they’re doing. At least for a year. Unless they bring back that awful Amy Pond instead of the lovely Clara.