So, in about two hours, we’ll know. We’ll know who David Tennant’s replacement is. We’ll know who the next Doctor will be. 🙂
BBC News has a rundown of the leading contenders. Leading, as in, these are the people the bookies in the UK are talking about. As if bookies know anything.
The leading candidate is, of course, Paterson Joseph, of whom the BBC writes:
The actor is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Tennant.
If he lands the part, the 44-year-old will become the first ever black doctor.
I’m rather intrigued by the prospect of a black Doctor. The reason? Doctor Who could tackle racism head-on. Imagine a story set in colonial America during a slave rebellion, or in the antebellum South, or in South Africa during the Apartheid era, or in the South during the Civil Rights era, and the Doctor, by the dint of his skin color, is marked instantly as part of the oppressed minority and treated as such. It would be dark, even brutal, storytelling, and it would make a return to the historical and educational storytelling that marked the series’ early years, where the monsters didn’t have funny heads, the monsters were man himself.
On the other hand, we might end up with something like “Daleks in Manhattan,” which dealt with race in 1930’s New York City by simply ignoring it. :-/
At the very least, if Joseph or Chiwetel Ejiofor, another leading candidate, is cast, I imagine a half-dozen authors minimum will be e-mailing Justin Richards pitches for “black Doctor confronting racism” pitches for New Series Adventures in about two hours. It’s the natural story. 🙂
So, who would I cast? Thinking realistic choices… Stephen Fry would be on my shortlist. Alexander Siddig. Alan Davies. Rufus Sewell. An odd choice, perhaps, but Lee Pace of Pushing Daisies. Yeah, I’m thinking that the UK bookies aren’t thinking of any of my choices. 😆
Well, we’ll know soon enough.
ETA: It’s Matt Smith. All my speculations have gone out the window. 😆
ETA2: I’m going to recommend Stuart Ian Burns’ take on the casting. It’s measured, nuanced, optimistic, and he makes a point I made in the comments here — Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger know what they’re doing, so if they picked Matt Smith, they did so because they knew he was right.