Doctor Who: 15 Actors Who Could Be The Next Doctor

Peter Capaldi has now vacated the TARDIS. So here are some suggestions for who should play the Thirteenth Doctor…


15. Idris Elba


There is an unwritten rule of the internet that Idris Elba must be included in all fan-casting lists. He’s probably too busy in the movie world to do Doctor Who but he wouldn’t be a bad pick.


14. Gillian Anderson


The X-Files star made waves when she announced that she wanted to be the first female James Bond. We think she would be much better as the first female Doctor, though.

13. Richard Madden

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Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden was previously linked to the role back when his ex-girlfriend Jenna Coleman was the companion. Even without that nepotistic connection, he would still be a good choice.


12. Sophie Okenedo


The Oscar-winning actress has already appeared on the show back in 2010 – as space queen Liz Ten – but so had Peter Capaldi and that didn’t stop him taking the top job. Basically, she’d rule.


11. Gwendoline Christie


The Game of Thrones star is known for playing tough women so she would be a terrific choice for a female Doctor. She’s already joined another sci-fi behemoth in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.




6 thoughts on “Doctor Who: 15 Actors Who Could Be The Next Doctor

  1. Capaldi has been my least favourite doctor. His storylines have been mostly uninteresting. Far too much attention was paid to clara resulting in a poorly defined doctor. The upcoming season will a new assistant could showcase him more, the episodes without clara have been the strongest of capaldis tenure.

    I’m disappointed he’s leaving the role one year into introducing a new assistant and it gives the impression this new season isn’t going to be anything special.

    As to the list Damien Molony or Richard Madden would make likely sense to me. I think they’ll go young again with the new doctor but I think they should go older again.
    This is a throw back idea but how about Rowan Atkinson reprising the role after he done the comic relief sketch many MANY years ago.
    Oh or how about Philip Glennister now that would be a fun easter egg for thr Life of Mars fans who saw John Simm as the Master.

    I personally don’t care for the thought of going female with the doctor. It feels like stunt casting and once whomever gets the role is done with it we’ll go back to male doctor again. The only way it would work is if someone really wanted it and the script was ridiculously strong. Hayley Atwell is a perfect choice but I’m fearful at the prospect the Internet will be sat in wait to tear every moment apart in some anti feminist madness

    It could however all be saved with a few more David Tennant seasons. Both him and Matt Smith had periods of time where they were gone from the time line of the story arc. Maybe these seasons could fill in the gaps.
    I’m really interested to see what happens with the regeneration, how are they going to explain this one.


    1. I mostly agree with you there. I’m a big fan of Capaldi as an actor but I don’t think most of the scripts have measured up to his ability. And yes, far too much focus on Clara.

      Good choices. I love the Rowan Atkinson spoof so he would be fun to see, Phillip Glenister would be good too actually.

      That’s fair enough. Personally I’m not crying out for it but I’m not totally against it either. I do agree with you though that I’m worried that they would only make him a woman because of pressure from vocal internet groups. Hopefully it would be because they had simply found an amazing actress.

      Prequel seasons would be a fun idea. I also think people would get behind that now, after the Star Wars movies have already jumped around the timeline. Maybe a season with Paul McGann’s Doctor too!

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      1. Oh that’s an incredible shout. Yes we need some Paul mcgann stuff. I loved his mini ep before the 50th anniversary. I’d love if they done that!

        Capaldi is amazing, I was so pleased when he got the role but hes been totally underused.

        The female doctor is just begging to be attacked. I wouldn’t care either way but I’d fear for the show. I want it to take risks but I’m clouded by the quality of stories from the past few seasons.
        Maybe a female lead would bring a more creative slew of stories. It’s a risk in an age where the Internet rules fandom and is often a horrid place to be. I’ll trust the creative team know what they’re doing… im happy to sit back and speculate


      2. It would be amazing. Don’t think it would happen sadly, but we can dream!

        It would get a big backlash, but I think the show could weather it. If it was a total failure then, as cruel to the actress as it might be, they could always get a new Doctor after a single season.

        I’d like to think it would give the show a shot in the arm. There is a new showrunner taking over so the show should be getting that anyway, though.

        Yeah, I think we have to trust the new guy Chris Chibnall and his team. I personally think every Doctor ever has been a great bit of casting – the problems with them stem from the writing.

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      3. I think the upcoming season will be very interesting. I suppose the regeneration ep will be another Christmas special. I can get behind that. A fresh assistant and a fresh approach will make for a good show… we hope.

        When it comes to the female doctor I think it would be a good idea to not only have a new assistant but to have a new showrunner as well. If the next doctor runs out the next tenure of writers I think bu let’s say 2021 we could smoothly see a perfect transition much like matt smith had. He got the best arc of all the doctors so far and a fantastic assistant arc.

        Totally want to start rewatching from Eccleston again!


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