Should be him.
Peter Capaldi will demateralise as the 12th Time Lord this Christmas after four years. Capaldi was cast as Doctor Who by franchise owner the BBC in 2013 but will bow out with a regeneration during this year's Christmas special. Regenerations are always a reflective and throat-tightening event. Thanks, BBC – there goes my …
Not sure who downvoted you, but the sad reality is you're probably right :/
I really wouldn't care if they did though because at the end of the day it genuinely doesn't matter and the role can easily allow it, but all the Fucking Fanfare that goes with it just demeans every single step of progress we have made in equality ......
"If they were gonna do that , they'd have done it last time - it was only 4 years ago"
There was speculation at the time, and much objection with it, as I recall.
I think that's why they reincarnated The Master as a woman - it makes it that much easier (read: will cause less objection) if they now reincarnate The Doctor as one.
Dr Who plots and other series got much worse, with more Feminism and other Frankfurt School cultural Marxism, because the BBC went even further to the Left and dinosaur irrelevance. I can't think of anything worthwhile from the BBC now.
The BBC and big name TV has always been about control, not entertainment, so smarter people stop watching TV and most other entertainment/news programming.
Professional video trailers and programming often include hypnotic moving symbolic imagery (Sigel Magick), and weave destructive cultural conditioning into the content; this is dangerous because this 'entertainment' can enable direct programming of your sub-conscious, which can be difficult to eject later, even "Cold Turkey" e.g. the annoying habit of using brand names instead of generic names for things/activities after exposure to advertising.
"Professional video trailers and programming often include hypnotic moving symbolic imagery (Sigel Magick), and weave destructive cultural conditioning into the content; this is dangerous because this 'entertainment' can enable direct programming of your sub-conscious,"
Seek medical help.
Good point - I'm pretty sure being the last of the Timelords and President of the Earth doesn't exempt anyone from DDA. The present incarnation probably has a legal obligation to modify the TARDIS appropriately to avoid discriminating against future companions, or even future regenerations. At least he'll probably get a blue badge out of it.
Not Doctorish enough. I thought about Mel & Sue - the idea of the regeneration going wrong & producing a fission would be interesting. But there are better pairs - thinks:
Chuckle Brothers? - no!
Jedward? - kill me for that thought.
Rowan Atkinson & Tony Robinson? - worth a second thought.
Well thar could be correlation only. I think DiP is one of those thing you do to have a good time in Guadeloupe (?) and I do find it amusing enough to enjoy over a late beer. He might just want a little new - but D Who of late has had scripts rather weaker than anything I - and lets face it, the resident DS has always been smarter/prettier than anything in recent Who
Actually single-episode spin-offs is a wonderful idea. Probably best doing it as a separate thing not trying to force it into the story arc though... unless he somehow gets some affliction which means he has Uncontrollable Regeneration Syndrome
Seeing different actors would be great although it does take some time to feel out the role I suppose.
"Just do a Never Mind the Buzzcocks/etc and line up a series of single-episode guest Doctors?"
There's actually merit in the idea.
Just have a regeneration be unstable, causing his mannerisms and looks to constantly shift.*
Then when an actor 'clicks' with the viewers, <plotdevice> makes him the doctor until the next regen, and lather, rinse, repeat.
*And why not? They've already admitted they make it up as they go along anyway.
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Oh no ... haven't they already done the "interwining the time lines" bit with Clara and the Doctor + all the "impossible girl" mystery stuff. Got a bad feeling that there's a "look at me, aren't I clever" multi series timey-wimey story arc that Stephen Moffat has been hatching for several years.
While I fully realize your list of choices was presented with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, I must say "None of the above" and plead for Sean Pertwee as a legitimate contender.
What bothers me most is that I really like Capaldi in the role. The odd awful script aside, I've really enjoyed his portrayal of the Doctor and will be quite sad when he departs.
I liked Capaldi a lot. It's a shame the first series he was in was pants, but that's the fault of the writers.
I've only just finished watching Capaldi's first season, and i seriously misread your comment, wondering why he would traipse around without trou for three years.
>and David Troughton
Read about his brother Micheal, remember Piers Fletcher-Dervish from The New Statesman ? An interesting story.
"Troughton took a break from acting in 2002 in order to care for his disabled wife and obtained a science degree, from the Open University. He then taught Physics at Sir John Leman school in Beccles for two years, before moving to Woodbridge School to become Head of Drama."
I don't think the Beeb will go for anyone too old, young, a woman (The Master is already a woman) or any offspring of previous regenerations.
So how about a fantastically versatile and brilliantly bonkers character actor (like all the best ones have been) such as Tom Hollander? Anyone who's ever seen him in anything will realise how perfect he'd be. My worry is that the writing won't do him justice.
"Black, Lesbian, disabled migrant should tick all the BBC's boxes."
Excellent, if you can point to such an actress, then that's the one.
Liz Carr (Clarissa Mullery - Silent Witness). British born but otherwise scores three out of four
And I bet there are more. Not sure if I should be ashamed of not knowing who they would be or can put that down to not classifying people by such attributes.
I'd like to simply not know until he actually regenerates. It's a bit stupid to announce the actor prior to the scene we now now is going to happen. I don't even understand why the BBC feel the need to release the information that an actor is leaving and a new one is coming.. probably so we can WATCH IT. Please. Watch it, we need the viewing figures...
I'd like to see a female timelord as the lead character.
Not a regeneration of the Doctor. A new character (the Doctor himself can be lost for a while).
That way we dispose of much of the baggage of the Doctors personal history and avoid the embarassing suggestion that a woman needs a few thousand years of experience living as a man before she can cut it as a superhero.
"I'd like to see a female timelord as the lead character.
Not a regeneration of the Doctor. A new character (the Doctor himself can be lost for a while)."
Strangely, long before I got to your comment, I was thinking maybe drop Who for a year or so and do a River Song spin-off series. She is, effectively, a female "doctor" in that she's sorta part timelord even if she did give up her remaining regenerations to save The Doctor,
Or maybe an Ashilda and Clara spin-off. Last seen flying off into space/time in an american diner.
Gah, you teased me with Olivia Coleman but didn't give her as a vote option. Probably got bigger fish to fry. Failing that Doon Mackichan (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0533489/?ref_=tt_cl_t4 currently in Two Doors Down on the BBC) would make an excellent Doctor Who. Just needs a handsome assistant.
Affording the chance for change is new writing talent: Steven Moffat, who's been on board since the 2005 Christopher Ecclestone reboot, is off and in comes Chris Chibnal, writer of ITV's dark crime drama Broadchurch.
Come on Gavin, not one mention of Russell T Davies? If it wasn't for him, there wouldn't have been a revival at all.
Ben Whishaw- Q from the new bond films
Natalie Dormer, if we do have to have a female doctor.
But please not Dr Maggie Peacock, from the Sky at Night (she fits all the PC ticky boxes if it were a ticky box exercise)
Although some of the professional geeks I know are saying Sacha Dhawan.
I can't think of a Doctor I didn't eventually enjoy (can't blame the actors for the writing) but I think the new incumbant has had the best chance when he's been an obvious contrast to his predecessor. David Tennant and Matt Smith were a bit too similar for my liking (young and full of laughs), so poor ol' Matt had a hard time putting his own stamp on the character.
Gravitas is a definite must-have though. Peter Capaldi (without the guitar or specs) brought that back to the part in a way that the younger actors couldn't always portrey alongside their goofy scripts. After all, this is a guy who has lifetimes of experience; he's at his best when that shows.
What about Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans, Max) as the Doctor? Definitely a calm contrast to Peter Capaldi's fire.
I leave, for your consideration, her portrayal of Laureline in the up and coming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
A Thousand Planets? more like a thousand times no...
The part of the Doctor needs a character actor, not some passing fad or expedient 'politically correct' choice, by all means, have a female doctor, so long as the actress is up to the role, Oh, and please, no bloody USians, the leeches at BBC Worldwide can keep their fingers out of the pie..
I've no real candidates, but, hey, if they can bring Peter Cushing back for Star Wars, then I'll have a CGI Margaret Rutherford in full Madame Arcati mode as the next Doctor please..
Mmmmh. Seen a lot of good suggestions, seen a lot of crazy ones... Let's start from the top.
* Jeremy Clarkson would be great for a funsies one-off two-hour special, especially with Richard Hammond and James May as companions... As themselves, and rather bewildered as to why Jezza is acting more strange than usual. You can end it all when the real Jeremy Clarkson (played by Jeremy Clarkson, as himself,) shows up to track them down because they need to get filming, gets upset that some overweight tosser in a police box nicked his mates and starts a fistfight... With himself... That ends with the two of them toppling over a railing in the TARDIS, falling out of shot. Then the Gong o' Doom starts ringing, the real Jezza comes sprinting out and heading for the exit saying that he's made a terrible mistake and they need to just run. Cue trio, exiting from the TARDIS and off-screen sound of some kind of supercars starting up and burning rubber away, and then the real next Doctor climbs back up, and says something like "What a bunch of [CENSORED]."
*Sir Patrick Stewart or Sir Ian McKellan would be too like Capaldi... But Sir Patrick Stewart AND Sir Ian McKellan would be interesting. Two old guys who've had far too much of this nonsense, yet not nearly enough of this nonsense.
* Rowan Atkinson caught me offguard, but yeah, I could see that, actually. Blackadder proves he's more than capable of doing one character who's capable of being bitterly caustic and cynical, serious, and yet funny at the same time.
Anyway, I'm sure it'll be someone nobody has ever even thought of as the Doctor. And hopefully, it'll be good. I had severe misgivings about Capaldi, but now I'm kind of sad to see him go.
To think about it from the other angle, what kind of Doctor would you need to try and counter the Trump/Brexit age?
Personally, I want to see Capaldi go darkside as a reaction to all the cruelty/stupidity, requiring his companion to actually force a regeneration/reroll to stop him. I think Capaldi would appreciate getting his teeth into that.
The next Doctor would need to work on reattaching a culture to reason, and how all simple solutions are delusions. I vote for the next Doctor being a teenage girl boiling with internal chaos and the horrendous realisation we're all still predatory animals wearing fake skins, lying to each other about how civilised we are, while she tears apart each reassurance the companions try and use with cold cruel clarity.
Howabout an unstable doctor who keeps flipping between two characters/genders.
There was a Gaiman story (Books of Magic I think) with a character (Constantine) who was male on one side of a portal, but a bladewielding woman (Rose) on the other side, to the shock of the unchanged protagonist, but no others.
or Jo Brand, or maybe Sandi Toksvig - though I cannot imagine any of them running around much.
I would like to see a non-white and/or non-male though and nothing made of it at all - no remarks from the new doctor when he/she appears about skin colour or sex - this could be truly non-racist and non-sexist.
It might be seen as treason by the "Tom Baker will always be the best doctor ever" crowd, but I think he was the best doctor ever. Just the right combination of rough edges, self doubt, braggadocio and deadpan. Plus he had the look in his eyes that someone who has lived 2000 years would probably have.
I have really hated the succession of younger and younger doctors, trying to make him into a pin up boy. The doctor should be middle aged or older. I'm fine with a woman, just don't make her a hottie, that's not what Doctor Who is supposed to be about!
Its time to go back in time and give Paul McGann a few seasons as the 8th Doctor.
The 199x US tv Movie was frankly dreadful on many levels but McGann was great and when they did that very short little online Night of The Doctor episode just ahead of the 50th anniversary episode he shone.
Cant think of a single reason not to give the man a decent run at the role.
"The 199x US tv Movie was frankly dreadful on many levels but McGann was great and when they did that very short little online Night of The Doctor episode just ahead of the 50th anniversary episode he shone."
I know, I know, I keep plugging Big Finish, no I don't work for them. But!!!! Paul McGann does a great job as the 8th Doctor on audio. And all the BF Who scripts get clearance from the Doctor Who team so are effectively canon.