Bits and Bobs (Emergency Vol. 16 1/2): 'Who' should replace David Tennant as 'The Doctor'?

Drwhoreplacement_lWhovians, you knew it would happen. David Tennant, perhaps the best Time Lord ever, announced yesterday that he’s retiring his sonic screwdriver after 2009’s Doctor Who specials. Which begs the question: Who will/should replace him? Rumors have swirled about everyone from Eddie Izzard, to Robert Carlyle, to Rhys Ifans, to that bloke from History Boys, Russell Tovey. But my money’s on Irishman James Nesbitt or the hilarious Richard Coyle. Both have previous connections with new head writer and exec producer Steven Moffat (James starred in Jekyll, while Richard appeared in Coupling) and both are pretty damn versatile.

Yet, if I could cast my dream 11th Doctor, I’d go with either blondie Marc Warren (Hustle, State of Play) or scene-stealing Jason O’Mara (who currently rocks the U.S. Life on Mars). I know, I know, Warren’s been on the show before, but that hasn’t stopped David Morrisey and John Simm from being named as possible successors to Tennant’s TARDIS throne. And if O’Mara’s up for a little work during his summer break from Mars – that’s if poor, underrated Mars is even still around — I’d love to hear his real Irish accent more often.

That said, how brilliant would it be to see a woman in the role (AbFab icon Jennifer Saunders’ name has also been thrown in the mix). Former Doctor Paul McGann once mentioned he’d like to see Dame Maggie Smith or Diana Rigg’s kid, Rachael Stirling, get the part. He took some heat for it, but I’m up for a little Time Lady action, how about you?  Anyhow, if you were in Mr. Moffat’s shoes, who would you cast as the new Doctor?

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addCredit(“O’Mara: Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Tennant: BBC; Warren: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images”)

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  • pop off

    tobias menzies – brutas from rome

  • Lisa

    John Sim would be an excellent twist. Imagine him trying to convince Martha or Captain Jack he’s the Doctor, not the Master! But my other vote is for Chiwetel Ejiofur. I think he would be a FANTASTIC Doctor.
    But in the meantime, I’ll be in mourning for the foreseeable future.

  • Jamie

    Robbie Williams – adorable, British and obsessed with aliens. He’s perfect!

  • BGW

    My dream doctor would probably have to be Steve Coogan. But since that will never happen, I’m jumping on the bandwagon for Patterson Joseph, who was brilliant as the Marquis de Carabas in “Neverwhere” and has already appeared in a couple of Doctor Who episodes (which is, of course, how Freema Agyeman got her gig).

  • Verity

    I always thought Rufus Sewell would be fantastic as the Doctor but he is currently starring in 11th Hour which is doing pretty well on CBS. So he’s not an option. Also, I know he’s sort of the Bits and Bobs mascot but I’ll always recommend Richard Armitage for just about anything.
    More realistic options I could go for include: Mark Heap (Spaced, Stardust), Ioan Gruffudd (his movie career isn’t exactly taking off), Phillip Glenister (after creating the original Gene Hunt, this should be a piece of cake), or Patterson Joseph (as others have suggested).

  • Cristina

    Oh – I did not know this and my day has turned grim. I adore Tennant as the Doctor. (sigh) Well then, I will have to throw my hat in for a female doctor – how fun would that be!? I can’t think of any female British actreesses I would want in the role, but then that is not my area of expertise. But I also think Robert Carlyle would be super fun.

  • Angel

    i’d recast David Tennant. He’s the best doctor ever! I’m SO sad. But if I really had to choose someone new… Jamie Bamber from BSG. He’s great!

  • Bill Verado

    Dame Judi Dench

  • Meghan

    Eddie Izzard would definately provide a fun, if cracktastic, ride in the TARDIS.

  • Chris

    James Callis from BSG. His is awesome

  • Lisa

    Oooo. James Callis. Interesting.

  • Stan

    How ’bout Daniel Radcliffe? No? Too young? Okay, Eddie Izz-no, wait, better…Rhys Ifans!

  • geegee

    Jason O’Mara. Yummy. Yummy!

  • Jenn

    Anthony Stewart Head. Don’t care that he already did an episode. He’s great!

  • Rich

    Anyone who’s seen Jekyll knows that Nesbitt is your answer.

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