Doctor Who – Who’s Who?

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.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Stop reading now if you’re not a fan.┬áNo, really.

What just happened?

John Hurt, that’s what.

As I see it, inside his own timeline Matt Smith knew about John Hurt’s Doctor. Watch the show again, and you don’t see the eighth Doctor in that timeline.

Matt told the delightful Clara that John Hurt did something Bad, something that betrayed the name ‘Doctor’. There’s only one preceding Doctor that did that: 8. He ended the Time War in the Pyrrhic victory that destroyed not only the Daleks but the Time Lords and Gallifrey, too.

Could John Hurt be an aged, battle worn 8, just before he regenerated into Christopher Ecclestone’s 9? Just before we (and Rose Tyler) met him? 9 was a fresh regeneration: he kept checking himself in the mirror in Rose’s flat as if he’d never seen himself.

The idea of running from your own shame would certainly instil a fear of 8 for the Doctors afterwards.

What happens next?

Apart from setting up the 50th Anniversary Special we know Matt Smith is leaving. We’re told he’ll regenerate into 12 at Christmas. (Although a surprise early change in that Special would seem more fitting). As every other fan has an opinion about who could replace him, here’s mine. Largely so that in the unlikely event that I’m right, I can crow about it later.

Requirements: Male, tall, recognisable to the American market but not typecast in any role. English.

My tip: Paul Bettany. Perfect.