It is truly the end of an era. I’m still dressed in black and mourning Matt Smith, the beloved Eleventh Doctor, who is hanging up his bow-tie for good. Still this is an event where a good Doctor Who fan feels both sorrow and excitement; it means that now we’ll be getting a new Doctor.
Names are already being tossed around; bets are being taken (literally). People are dying and regenerating to know who is going to take on the iconic role next.
Well we don’t know. Still, it takes a certain kind of actor to play the Doctor. The Doctor is old and young at the same time. He is inquisitive, inventive, fun, strong and intelligent. He can also be cruel, brooding, cold, caustic and alien. An actor who embodies this role has to be able to portray all these qualities. They need to show the childlike wonder and joy tempered with the coldness and tragedy; sometimes within moments of each other. It takes a special kind of actor to do that.
We all have our fantasy actors to play the Doctor, so I’ve gathered up twelve actors from in and around the U.K. that I feel would portray the Twelfth Doctor the best. I’ve arranged them based on how likely it would be for them to be cast - the lowest being least likely and the highest being most likely. Got it? Good. Pay attention there will be a test afterwards.
12) Helen Mirren
Please, this is Dame Helen Mirren we’re talking about here. She is one of the greatest actresses ever. She has played the Queen, she has won awards, she is a Dame, she is Helen Mirren, and she is a goddess. She has also been quoted as saying that she would love to play the Doctor one day. Helen Mirren as the Doctor would be a revelation amongst revelations. She is, however, Helen Mirren. This means that she is in insanely high demand. She could, arguably, take the time off filming movies or performing on-stage to do the role. I just don’t see it happening realistically.
11) Daniel Radcliffe
After hanging up his wand for good, Daniel Radcliffe has been breaking out of the Harry Potter mold in the best way. He has been in several movies, done a stint on Broadway and has just charmed the pants off the world. He can portray the angry, cold part of the Doctor and also do the charming and whimsical side of the character as well. So why is he so low? I just don’t see Daniel Radcliffe doing another career defining role as the Doctor. He has already spent so much time and energy getting out of the Harry Potter mold; I don’t think he would want to lock himself into another insanely popular franchise at this time.
10) Andrew Garfield
9) Ben Barnes
8) Emilia Clarke
She kicks ASS on Game of Thrones. ThoughI don’t know much about her comedic side, Emilia Clarke, however, is intense as all hell. She also has these almost otherworldly notes that she can carry off. A huge part about portraying the Doctor is how the Doctor can feel so alien to us at times. Her role as Daenerys Targaryen shows her emotional range. This is all from the few episodes that I’ve seen! So hell, I don’t know when Series 8 of Doctor Who is filming but if her character is going to get killed off in Game of Thrones then send her to the Whovians!
7) Ben Whishaw
He played Q in the latest James Bond movie Skyfall. Now, I haven’t seen it all the way through, but I have seen a lot of scenes featuring Q; he’s really good. In what I’ve seen of The Hour, he’s extremely great in that. He has a lot of charisma. He can also pull that awkward genius off really well. I haven’t seen much of Ben Whishaw, but the things I have seen though I think are the makings of an actor who can play an amazing Twelfth Doctor.
6) Patrick Stewart
It’s Patrick Motherfucking Stewart. He’s played some of the best characters in the sci-fi genre: Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Professor Charles Xavier. HE WOULD BE AWESOME AS THE DOCTOR! Just yes, so much yes. I don’t feel like explaining here. You have it in your head. You know this would be awesome.
5) Hugh Laurie
I’m pretty sure that Hugh Laurie is a British institution at this point. The man has comedic AND dramatic credits to his name. Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and House are some of his major accomplishments. The man is a machine. He’s awesome. I could see his Doctor being very interesting. I can picture him in the role. Hell people are already calling for him to just ascend to it already! Don’t deny us Hugh!
4) Matthew Lewis
This is actually based on something a friend said to me one time, “I could see Matthew Lewis in indie pictures or playing the Doctor one day.” The more I thought about it, the more I realize yeah I could see the same exact thing! He has this very quirky charm to him. He will also be so dangerous – I mean we watched how he transformed Neville. I don’t know, that thought has always stayed with me. I could see Matthew Lewis in the TARDIS as the Doctor as well.
3) Rupert Grint
The Doctor HAS to be ginger at one point. Rupert Grint has always been brilliant with both comedy and drama as we’ve seen with his portrayal of Ron Weasley. He hasn’t really broken out in a big way since his Harry Potter days. I think Rupert as the Doctor could actually be beneficial to that. It would give Rupert the chance to shine solo as Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have done. I could see him bouncing around the universe or facing down Daleks like the BAMF he is.
2) Oliver Kieran Jones
He’s probably the least known actor on my list. He’s Welsh. He’s an actor. I don’t know how old he is. His best known role at the moment is playing Adam Crawford, Kurt’s current boyfriend (they’re still together right?) on Glee. Now from what I understand of my research, the majority of the time the casting tends to be geared toward more unknown actors. So this is me throwing my favorite one into the mix. Oliver is charming. He’s funny. He has these great moments of just quietness. He can play drama I can feel it. He took this role, which didn’t have much substance and tried to give it something more. He came up with this whole back-story for Adam Crawford by himself. He would be brilliant. I can see him wanting to explore the galaxy in the TARDIS and fly off to distant lands – I can see him in this role. So hey if he doesn’t get his contract renewed for season 5 of Glee then give to us Whovians!
1) Colin Morgan
Yes, he was the titular role in Merlin. Oddly enough his portrayal of that role makes him the best equipped to take on the role of the Doctor. Merlin had to be young and old at the same time. He had to live in secrecy and be open. There are fascinating parallels between Merlin and the Doctor. I think Colin Morgan would take the role of Doctor and just elevate it to a whole new level. He would already be going into the role with a decent grasp of the thought process of being centuries old and wanting to see the goodness in the world at the same time. He would already have the crucial understanding of balancing a character such as the Doctor through his past work. It will be like coming home for Colin. If you’ve seen the Doctor Who episode “Midnight” then you know what I mean. Well, not coming home, but it definitely will have a full circle feel to it. This is the best match for casting that I could dream up because of what a great actor Colin Morgan is and how he could make things even better.