October 30th, 2008



David Tennant announced that he will quit as the title character in the BBC's Doctor Who, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history of the BBC science fiction show, the BBC reported.

Tennant stepped into the Tardis in 2005 and will leave the role after four special episodes are broadcast next year.

Rumors have already begun as to who will play the next incarnation of the Doctor, including Paterson Joseph, David Morrissey, James Nesbitt and John Simm.

Sad news. David Tennant was one of the best actors to play the role, in my opinion, and over the past three years became almost as iconically associated with it as Tom Baker did. I'll be sorry to see him go, just as I was sorry to see Christopher Eccleston vacate the role before him.

I've already talked about the stupidity some people are reacting with to the idea of Paterson Joseph taking over the role, which would make him the first black actor to play the Doctor. As for the others on the list, I know nothing about David Morrissey. Even a perfunctory IMDB search isn't much help, only turning up projects I haven't seen. James Nesbitt would be a great choice, and I've been grooving on the idea ever since I saw him in Steven Moffat's excellent series Jekyll. While I'm convinced he'd be great in the role, the downside to him being cast as the Doctor is that it means we'd be even less likely to see a second season of Jekyll than we already are. John Simm would also do very well in the role, and he would be an interesting choice considering he played the Master in season three. But then, they were always different sides of the same coin, weren't they?

Still, if I had my druthers, which I never do, here are the people I would consider casting as the next Doctor: