31 Mar 2005

Who’s next

So, Christopher Eccleston won’t be returning for the second series of Doctor Who which I would have been surprised to learn a few days ago, but not since Tuesday. There’s an exchange between him and an interviewer at the end of the second part ofProject: Who? where he’s talking about the time it took to film the series. The interviewer asks ’so, are you in for the long haul? and his gnomic response was ‘I’ve done the long haul’.

But, this reminds me yet again that when I have an idea I should blog it, just to prove I’m not making it up after the fact. Watching Casanova, I thought that David Tennant would make a good Doctor, and what do you know?

Talks are taking place to replace him with Casanova star David Tennant.

Of course, the old rule with new Doctors is that the first names given are usually not the person who gets the role - how many times in the 80s were we told that Brian Blessed was the next Doctor? - but I suspect one of the main criteria in the casting will be finding an actor willing to sign up to a two or three year contract. The same names that came up before Eccleston was cast are also being mentioned - Richard E Grant, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Anthony Head - but my other dark horse candidate, who I’m mentioning so I can be smug and right in the slim chance it happen, is Richard Coyle.

Update: OK, just so I can seem prescient if it does happen, the thought occurred to me that if I was Russell T Davies (oh, the parallel universes we’re creating here today…), I’d think of Anthony Head, but as the Master, rather than the Doctor.

Nick got away with this at 9:40 am


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  1. Richard Coyle would be a disaster. Just look at Strange. Or, if you’ve got any taste, don’t. And don’t forget that he jumped ship from Coupling, a series written by Steven “Doctor Who” Moffat.

    The fact that the Beeb’s own news story names Tennant is a pretty positive sign.

    Comment by Will — 31 Mar 2005 @ 12:45 pm

  2. Keanu Reeves, anyone?

    Comment by Backword Dave — 31 Mar 2005 @ 3:06 pm

  3. No.

    Comment by Biscit — 31 Mar 2005 @ 7:06 pm

  4. It’s been nearly 24 hours since this story broke and no-one’s mentioned Joanna Lumley once!


    Comment by James Graham — 31 Mar 2005 @ 7:27 pm

  5. Seriously, I’m going to listen to the audio version of Luther Arkwright before deciding about David Tennant.

    Comment by James Graham — 31 Mar 2005 @ 7:29 pm

  6. If they knew this in advance, does this mean that there’s a cliffhanger where the Doctor ‘dies’? Or will we have an unexplained regeneration?

    I think he should turn into Billie Piper.

    Comment by Backword Dave — 31 Mar 2005 @ 11:32 pm

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