Friday, October 31, 2008

Betting On The Next Doctor

In the wake of David Tennant's imminent departure from the series, speculation has indeed broken out in earnest as to who would take DT's place in the TARDIS. Gallifrey One posted this list of the top contenders and the odds, according to British betting house William Hill:

5/2 David Morrissey
3/1 Patterson Joseph
6/1 James McAvoy
7/1 James Nesbitt, Robert Carlyle
8/1 John Simm, Rhys Ifans
12/1 Anthony Head
14/1 Alan Davies, Jason Statham
16/1 Nigel Harman, Bill Nighy
25/1 Daniel Radcliffe, Burn Gorman
33/1 Stephen Fry, John Barrowman
20/1 Next Doctor To Be Female
50/1 Christopher Eccleston

BBC One also has a closer look at some of the people on the list, including David Morrissey, who will play "The Next Doctor" in this year's Christmas special. Somehow, I don't think the creative team will make things that obvious.

The most intriguing contender, though, is Patterson Joseph, who would be the first black Doctor. Anglophenia profiles him here. I loved Joseph's turns in Jekyll and Peep Show and I think we're in a good place when we could even have this discussion. Could a Doctor of Asian/Indian descent be in the cards in the future?

As a fan of incoming series head Steven Moffat, though, I'm a little disappointed none of the Coupling boys or girls are seemingly even in the running. How insane would Doctor Jeff be?

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