Unsurprisingly, ever since the announcement Matt Smith‘s leaving Doctor Who all anyone can talk about is who’ll be his replacement. There’s all sort of rumors ranging from the next Doctor being older, maybe younger, no longer white, and possibly a woman. Of course, it’s all hearsay as I’m sure eve the BBC doesn’t know who’ll be the next Doctor. Or, do they?
All right, so yesterday the Radio Times ran a story stating there could be an announcement of who is the next Doctor by next month, because it’ll be impossible to keep things secret while filming the Christmas special. And this is Radio Times, not The Sun or Daily Mail, they’re not printing total bullshit just to drive up their numbers. If an official announcement is only a month away, surely the role already is cast, right?
Then there’s this from one Mr. Wil Wheaton, who on his Tumblr wrote,
Am I the only person who knows who has been cast as the next Doctor, and who has known this was coming for several weeks? I figured that if it filtered down to me, it must be common knowledge among people who matter.
…now I feel kind of special. Yay me.
The post was in response to a quote from an article naming actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the running favorite for Doctor Who. He apparently has very good odds, coming in at 7/1. Back in 2011 when Ejiofor was asked if he’d ever be interested in playing The Doctor he responded,
Yes, of course. It’s always good to be asked to come back to London and do great stuff not only in television but in theatre and film too.
And while a little vague, still an affirmative. But what does Wheaton’s cryptic confession and the good odds for Ejiofor have to do with one another? Other than both appeared on Wheaton’s Tumblr? Absolutely nothing, but it’s interesting nonetheless, no? Could Wheaton’s response mean Ejiofor is a likely candidate, or that he isn’t?
I certainly think Ejiofor would make an excellent Doctor and his casting would comply with wishes of those, like myself, who’d like to see someone other than a white male as the Time Lord. What do you think? Is Ejiofor someone you’d like to see the BBC consider? Does Wheaton actually know who’s been cast? Meaning, have they already cast Smith’s replacement?
Source: The Mary Sue