So David Tennant has announced he’s hanging up the keys to the TARDIS at the end of the 2009 specials, meaning the most desirable job in television is up for grabs. I’m pretty sure that whoever is going to fill the shoes will be a relative unknown, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun for the next year or so making our own wishlists of who we’d like to be the next Time Lord.
With that in mind, here’s my own personal list of folks I’d like to be Doctor Who.
The person for whom the words “quintessentially English” were invented would make a completely awesome Doctor Who as he’s the one person on the planet who is as clever as the good Doctor, as well as combine a lovable wit that’s appealing to kids and older folks alike. Stephen’s Doctor would be a consumate problem-solver who uses brains and cunning to foil the evil aliens. I can’t exactly imagine Doctor Fry running down corridors much, but add Alan Davis as his assistant and……. well. Perfection in a TARDIS.
It’s hard to think of Stephen without suggesting his long-time comedy friend and ally the good Mr Laurie. While most know Hugh as Greg House, he’d also make a wonderful Doctor of a different sort. Less scatterbrain that Stephen’s Doctor, he’d be a darker figure with less patience for his companions. This would be a Doctor given to introspection who continually pushes the boundaries as he seeks for something to stimulate his 900 year old brain.
Bear with me on this one. The Ood called her Doctor Donna, and she’s proved herself a big hit with the fans. I’m sure Stephen Moffat can come up with a storyline that explains how she turned herself human using the watch and went back in time to assist David Tennant, only for him to mindwipe her. The sight of Catherine Tate picking up That Pocketwatch out of her junk drawer would send Who fans cackling with glee. A female Doctor Who? Oh hell yes!
That’s my top three, but it’s an ever growing list with folks such as Billy Connelly, Bill Bailey and even Keifer Sutherland (Jack Bauer as Doctor Who!!!) in there somewhere. Which begs the question.
Who do you want as the next Doctor Who?
UPDATE: Here’s the “official” list of predicted Doctor Who contenders. Maybe they should get Simon Cowell to host a special edition of Who Factor to decide!