There was a great disturbance in the Force last week for the Doctor Who fandom. Matt Smith announced that the Doctor Who Christmas special would be his last time appearing as the much beloved Time Lord. As can be imagined, this sparked a ferocious debate among fans on who should replace him.
Over the weekend there was a rumor a British newspaper would be outing the news on Smith’s replacement. The BBC was then said to be announcing this casting on Saturday night to preempt whichever paper it turned out to be. They quickly squashed that rumor,
Next up was The Sunday Telegraph reporting that Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) was the next Doctor. It is interesting this news was not put on the front page, makes me wonder how confidant the paper is with the news. Looking at the front page for that day there were plenty of stories that could have been bumped for a front page spot.
Here’s what the Telegraph had to say:
“He has been offered the part and we are waiting to hear if he will accept,” says my man in the Tardis. “He is the perfect choice.”
Liz Buckley, a friend of Kinnear’s family tweeted this,
As always, you have to take each bit of news or Internet rumor with a huge grain of salt, until the BBC officially announces the casting it’s all just smoke and mirrors. The casting smokescreen sounds about right to me. Hey, Kinnear could be on a short list and he is a favorite among some of those pundits making lists of casting possibilities.
There are still many fans hoping the Doctor will regenerate as a woman. What do you think?