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PopWrapped | Television

Neil Gaiman Shares His Pick For The Next Doctor Who

Matt Mitchell | PopWrapped Author

Matt Mitchell

Updated 02/21/2017 12:48pm
Neil Gaiman Shares His Pick For The Next Doctor Who | Neil Gaiman
Media Courtesy of BBC Radio 4

Last month, it was revealed that the upcoming season of Doctor Who would be Peter Capaldi's last as The Doctor. Like every time before, a new regeneration of fans ran rampant speculating who will be the next Doctor. One famous fan shared his choice for a female Doctor.

Writer Neil Gaiman was on Radio 5 Live and suggested Sue Perkins replace Capaldi, saying, "I’d love to see a woman Doctor," and also suggesting Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren. Having written a few stories for Doctor Who, Gaiman knows a thing or two about the series and believes "the time is absolutely right." He did admit, however, that he didn't know if the new showrunner Chris Chibnall wanted to cast a female Doctor.

Chris Chibnall told The Telegraph in an interview that they will "cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script." Adding that he has a "very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part."

Meanwhile, bookies have been giving odds on potential casting choices for fans who are willing to put their money where their mouth is. The odds are changing over time and between sources, but among the top contenders is Ben Whishaw. Most recognizable as the new Q in Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, Whishaw would be the first openly gay actor to portray the Doctor. Current odds on Ladbrokes give Gaiman's pick Sue Perkins 50 to 1 odds of getting the part. Other favorites are Olivia Colman (The Lobster, Hot Fuzz, as well as Chibnall's Broadchurch) at 5 to 1, and Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) at 10 to 1.

Neil Gaiman Columbia Pictures

Personally, I enjoy Ben Whishaw as Q and believe he has the perfect mix of wit, quirk, and charm to be an excellent Doctor. As far as female Doctors, I think Tilda Swinton is an interesting choice. Who do you want to see saving the universe in the TARDIS? Do you agree with Neil Gaiman? Let us know your picks in the comments.

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