My advice to fans of Doctor Who? Get used to the actor chosen to play the Time Lord quitting after a series or two. Long gone are the days of Jon Pertwee (1970–1974) and the longest serving Doctor (and, most still say, the best) Tom Baker (1974–1981); actors who stayed in the role longer than yer average Hollywood marriage. Now, courtesy of The Sun, we hear that David Tennant will soon hand the keys to the TARDIS over to someone else.
Unbelievable as it may seem, not only is the star of the show rumoured to be off, but writer/executive producer Russell T Davies is likely to leave after next year’s fourth series too. Who fills their shoes? Well, Steven Moffat is a possibility in terms of taking over from Russell T Davies. Not a bad choice as he’s written some very good episodes including: Blink, The Empty Child and The Girl In The Fireplace.
But the whisper is that the actor being lined up as the new Doctor Who is…wait for it…James Nesbitt. Yes, James Nesbitt. That’s right, the Cold Feet star. Yep, that’s him, the geezer from the Yellow Pages ads. Do we likey? I spoke to Whovian Simon Ward, currently working on MSN Money, and he is aghast at the news. "Too gritty and too hard for me" he says. "The Doctor presents a very human side and I just can’t see James Nesbitt projecting that." I ask him who he’d like to see instead. The answer may surprise you: "I think it’s time for a female Doctor Who. Russell T Davies has taken the show forward and there isn’t as much baggage to contend with. There’s a new audience who wouldn’t blink at the scenario of a woman. In an ideal world, I’d have Maggie Gyllenhaal as the new Doctor. But not James Nesbitt."
So, who’s your choice to take over from David Tennant? Is it time for a woman? Share your views here.
Today I am mostly lovin’ – The news that Channel 4 is dropping all its premium rate phone-ins. Let’s hope it’s the end of those rip-off late night premium rate TV quiz shows. They do not belong on terrestrial TV. ITV and Five – take note.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – Big Brother’s Big Mouth without Russell Brand. He really made that show ‘citin’.
MSN Editor Coops