miss_s_b: (Who: Three (Polarity))
[personal profile] miss_s_b
This is to do with rumoured casting for the next Doctor, and although I don't think it is a spoiler (because I think the rumours are bollocks) I will be applying spoiler cuts to the actor's name just in case. You probably don't want to hover over any of the links to news reports either, mind, because the actor is named in some of the URLs.

If, as is rumoured in all the dead tree papers (although they all seem to be using the Daily Mirror as their source, so I'm not taking the volume of reports as indicative) Kris Marshall turns out to be the next incarnation of The Doctor, I will eat Paddy Ashdown's hat.

That the bookies have stopped taking bets on Kris is no indication. The bookies have also, in the past, stopped taking bets on:
  • Bill Nighy
  • Paterson Joseph
  • David Morrissey
  • Rory Kinnear
You will notice that the one unifying fact about those four is that they've never been an official incarnation of the Doctor.

The whole source of this rumour is the fact that within a week of Capaldi announcing he was leaving Who, Kris Marshall announced that he was leaving Death in Paradise and somebody at the Mirror put two and two together and made an exclusive. Nobody even noticed for weeks, apart from the Beeb, who denied anyone having been cast, until the new series came around and suddenly the Mirror becomes a credible and reliable source for all the media feeding frenzy in the world.

So yeah, I reiterate, if Kris Marshall turns out to be the next Doctor, I'll eat Paddy Ashdown's hat. Assuming I can wrest it away from him, anyway.

Personally, I'm hoping for a lady Doctor, if only so that, as one of the Verities said, we can stop having the Will there ever be a woman Doctor?!?! discussion every sodding time somebody announces they are leaving. Tamsin Grieg would be nice. Or Meera Syal. Or Natalie Dormer. Or Sophie Okenedo. Or Patricia Hodge. Or, following the semi-tradition of Doctors having appeared in the show in different parts before, Jaye Griffiths *hopeful face*?

Although part of me is still, after nearly ten years, clinging to the hope of Kulvinder Ghir...

ETA: for anyone in any doubt, my views on this align exactly with Jack Graham's (don't click the link if you're a spoilerphobe)

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Depressing thing is that one person we both know has reacted to the alleged casting news with "at least we dodged a female Doctor".

I'd quite like Hayley Atwell, myself.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 08:21 pm (UTC)
sir_guinglain: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
Atwell would be great. One commentator has been holding out for Romola Garai for years...

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:26 pm (UTC)
nostalgia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nostalgia
I'm distracted by wanting to know if Paddy Ashdown ever did eat his had like he said he would. Probably not, I suppose, cos that sounds deadly.

I hope it's not That Guy though, he seems really boring and slightly annoying :(

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Or Michael McIntyre. He'd be fucking horrendous.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
nostalgia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nostalgia
Oooh, fancy!

I find it telling that I've yet to see anyone go "hey, he'd be a great Doctor!" which usually happens with any other suggestion for the role.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Closest I've seen is some people on Roobarb's dvd forum who said he'd be "quite acceptable", For context, Roobarb's has multiple people who say the Doctor has to be a white man aged mid-40'season and any variation from this is stunt casting.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
nostalgia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nostalgia

Damned with faint approval!

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 10:02 pm (UTC)
shyfoxling: (doctor who (gallifrey))
From: [personal profile] shyfoxling
So Peter D., Paul, David, Matt (all younger) and Peter C. (older) were all "stunt casting"?

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Also Tom was too young and Hartnell and Pertwee too old...

Oh, he didn't like Eccles either - "pointlessly Northern" apparently.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
norfolkian: Holtzmann from Ghostbusters licking a gun (Default)
From: [personal profile] norfolkian
I am just hoping for not a white man.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 07:34 pm (UTC)
ironymaiden: (tardis)
From: [personal profile] ironymaiden
IAWTC. since Rebels is winding down, I would dearly love David Oyelowo.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
I didn't know Rebels was finishing. Sorry to hear that.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 02:20 pm (UTC)
ironymaiden: (midas conflict)
From: [personal profile] ironymaiden
don't be too sad! they announced that season 4 is the last, but I get the impression that is because they will have told the story they had planned - the timeline is getting close to Rogue One. there will be some other animated show in-universe. I feel like my heart is in safe hands with Dave Filoni.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
dqbunny: (Bunny: Bah!)
From: [personal profile] dqbunny
The fact that the big spreading of this rumor is The Sun (which I hate with the passion of a thousand burning supernovas), I don't put much stock in this one either.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
It originated on the Mirror website. I think it's rather telling that they apparently didn't think it worth putting in the print edition.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
dqbunny: (Bunny: Love)
From: [personal profile] dqbunny
Yup. My husband said it started back during Hillsborough from what he remembers.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:50 pm (UTC)
earthspirits: (Black Sails - Flint & Silver)
From: [personal profile] earthspirits
If this rumor proves true, seems like a very uninspired choice for the 13th Doctor. I was hoping for someone who was exciting, and really different (and damn, I'm going to really miss Capaldi).

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Me too. I'd wanted Capaldi since seeing him in Never where and Crow Road in 1996. Really hoped he'd stay longer.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 09:29 pm (UTC)
londonkds: (Bring back Bilis! (by redscharlach))
From: [personal profile] londonkds
Tennant or Smith? I must admit, I lean towards believing some of the claims about Moffat wanting to cast someone who was not a white man as his first Doctor, and people at the BBC instead wanting someone who they thought was as exactly like Tennant as possible.

I personally think that, based on Chibnall's work and comments about it, another boring middle-aged white guy is exactly who he'd cast, but then again I consider Chibnall to be the 21st century version of Ben Steed and am terrified of what he'd do with a female Doctor.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 06:18 am (UTC)
nickbarlow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nickbarlow
There's a story that Moffat's first choice for the role was Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was actually offered the role and turned it down. It was only after that they went for the auditions process that ended up with Smith.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 05:51 pm (UTC)
ggreig: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ggreig
As a middle-aged white bloke with no acting experience at all, I anticipate that I shall be disappoint when it's not me (again). [Swoons of frustrated entitlement]

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 06:32 am (UTC)
nickbarlow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nickbarlow
I know we sit at opposite ends of the 'liking Tennant/Ten' spectrum, but I think what bugs me most is the whole 'the BBC want someone like Tennant' idea somehow leading to Marshall and a few other Generic White Blokes.Part of the thing about Tennant was that he was unlike previous Doctors - I remember people saying he's too young, too unknown, he shouldn't be dressed in a suit but something more Edwardian etc etc - and got people's attention because he played it differently. Just trying to replace him with someone who superficially resembles him is like the 'Alan Davies should be the Doctor as he has curly hair like Tom Baker' idea from before Eccleston was announced. What the series needs is the next new thing and another new approach to playing the Doctor.

So I'm still clinging to the rumours I've heard about Hayley Atwell, and the rather odd lack of any announcements about what Tatiana Maslany's doing after Orphan Black.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 11:38 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: (DW: TARDIS home)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
My not-white-guy wish is Idris Elba, though I know it's a long shot. (But he does TV, he does genre stuff!)

My Lady Doctor wish: Olivia Colman or Nicola Walker.

Not a white guy would be great, and especially not a white guy with no eyebrows. Again.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
I think your ovaries are safe. He's said he's not interested.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 12:06 pm (UTC)
makamu: (Default)
From: [personal profile] makamu
Really? What a pity!

Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
nanila: (kusanagi: puerile)
From: [personal profile] nanila
Phew.

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