Doctor…Who?

 
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
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55 Responses to Doctor…Who?

  1. Unknown says:

     James Nesbitt is a horrific choice if all this is true. I don\’t want David Tennant to go, but if he does, the next Doctor should be Richard E Grant.

  2. Tony says:

    Whilst a female Doctor would be interesting – would it be credible after all there has been no hint of transgendering Time Lords in the past. And given the propensity for spin-offs why not resurect a female Time Lord – Romana was left in a different dimension so may have escaped the Time wars and lets not forget the Doctor has a Grandaughter, Susan – who he left on Earth. 
    As much as I admire James Nesbitt I think if he played the Doctor it may just turn in to a rerprise of he recent characters in Jeykll
    There is a great deal of acting talent in the country and perhaps it would be better to introduce a relatively new face to the role.

  3. Andrew says:

    Personally id hate to see James Nesbitt play the part of the Doctor. I don\’t care for him much in other tv roles, including those annoying Yellow pages adverts. Hes not Doctor material at all and i think the viewing public would desert what is ultimately the best show on tv for years!Its just like football players, why is it that the fans can often see a bad player before the management does? this is no different. so Nesbitt is friends with Moffatt? so what? that doesnt give him automatic right to the part like some papers have suggested. i for one, wouldnt watch it again and the appeal to my children is very much the way David Tennant plays the part.OK, so David wants to pursue other areas, fine, good luck to him, but if the BBC are going to let someone of his talent go, then at least give the public viewers (and license fee payers) the decency of replacing him with someone better than Nesbitt.Just his name annoys me.."nesbitt\’..sounds like a breakfast cereal and we all know we cant always stomach them.im not in favour of a woman doctor either, thats just todays pc world gone mad again. just because we can have a \’female doctor\’ doesnt mean we should. i can swim to france covered in grease but it doesnt mean i ought to try it.keep it simple. dont over complicate it. dont bring a comedian (debatible i know) like Nesquick in…or a teeny bop boyband member either. it needs to be someone caring, yet gritty. how about a bald doctor? like Patrick Stewart! hed be amazing…but not Ross Kemp..otherwise every other word would be \’sorted..\’..\’….the TARDIS is \’sorted\’..\’…\’ive sorted those daleks out..\’..or \’that new sidekick of mine..shes a sort.\’please not Nesbutt…he\’d kill the show.

  4. Coops - says:

    Andy Rake, thank you for giving me a hernia: "but not Ross Kemp…otherwise every other word would be \’sorted..\’..\’….the TARDIS is \’sorted\’..\’…\’ive sorted those daleks out..\’..or \’that new sidekick of mine..shes a sort.\’" – That is hilarious! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahhahahha!
     

  5. Coops - says:

    No way should a woman be cast as Doctor Who. No way. There are plenty of good male actors. Get them to stick to Desperate Housewives instead. 
     

  6. Andrew says:

    MSN Editor Coops: (in the style of Kemp)..\’you\’re welcome treacle, glad me old views gav ya a good bubble bath, i woz gonna rekomend my bro Phil, but hes stuck under the bonnet of an old Ford Escort at the mo…still, i reckon if i woz gonna go time travlin in a little blue box and all that hed be a good one to take wiv me like, cus hes a bit tasty in a fight and cud take on several darliks at a time with his spanners…hes also good at cooking up a full English..or should that be a full Galafrayen?..anyhows, as long as that muppet Nesbitt dont get me part ill be happy as the Face o\’ Bo..before his windshield cracked luv, know wot i mean?….and also i dont mind a bit \’o\’ crumpet in the way of a bird driving me wheels (TARDIS) but i reckon id get distracted like…ya know..theres a big vortex sucking me in 5 billion years from now and all i can think about is this sort next to me yanking my levers…even a Doctors brains are in his pants ya know…you understand me luv?…anyway, got to go, Phil wants us to time travel back 5 mins to up the bid on an eBay item he just lost out on…\’ cheers treacle!..Ross xxxx

  7. Coops - says:

    Andy Rake, I\’m still larfing and the funny thing is that I can hear Ross Kemp\’s voice: "theres a big vortex sucking me in 5 billion years from now and all i can think about is this sort next to me yanking my levers…" – Oooh matron! Ya can\’t beat a bit of good old-fashioned double entendre…

  8. michael says:

    before you all get to excited and too anti-james nesbitt, or anyone else lets not forget who broke this so called \’news\’ that well known \’factual\’ and dependable comic \’the sun\’. and i think the msn reporter ought to learn to count as well. david will have done 3 years as well after the next series just like messrs hartnell, troughton, davison, and mccoy. so lets gets get all the facts right before any pointless speculation.
     
    thank you

  9. Rachel says:

    I don\’t think James Nesbitt has the charisma to be a Doctor and quite frankly he can\’t act for toffee.

  10. AK says:

    Definitely not James Nesbit, I was thinking more along the lines of Damien Lewis – the Doctor has always wanted to be ginger.  Or perhaps Richard Armitage. Bring a bit of smoulder to the Tardis for us girls.

  11. cla123 says:

    JAMES NESBITT?????
    You have GOT to be kidding me.
    We love David as the Doctor for his acting skills, his charisma and his charming smile and warmness of character. James Nesbitt has none of these. I see big uproar coming if this is true.

  12. Window says:

     
     I agree with the person who said that it may not be true-because The Sun said it lol. I think James Nesbitt is a good actor, he was good in Cold Feet and great in Jeykll. As far as a woman Dr.-I think the -only- reason there has never beem one is sexism, afterall, if he can "re-genrate" into another person-different actors playing the part, then why not a different gender? OR/ why not another show with a female time lord, they have to have existed!!! how could their civilization survive WITHOUT women? and even if they did, that that means they were both male and female;like plants so it still makes sense. Anyway, in terms of another time lord show, why not? there have been other spin offs of shows-Casualty/Holby City. On tv right now, there\’s one called Holby Blue. And there -have- been "Dr who" spin offs-"Torchwood".

  13. angela says:

    i personally think James Nesbitt is a very good actor, much much better than that awful Richard E Grant (who cannot act for toffee, and has a hugh silver spoon stuck in his mouth).
    David Tennant is one of the better Doctor Who\’s that we have had and he actually got me intrestrested in the programme again. 

  14. Leighton says:

    James Nesbitt is a talented actor and following his recent performance in Jeckyll, i think he\’d make a brilliant doctor, able to pull off both sides of the character, funny at times, but serious too.
    The Patrick Stewart idea sounds interesting, i think he\’d bring a whole new edge to the doctor.
    Maybe a female doctor would be pushing things too far however, though I\’d love to see a strong female time[lady?] be introduced. it would certainly make things interesting, instead of just the typical human falling in love with the doctor that Davies seems to have engineered. Ultimately however, it would be a shame to lose either Tennant or Davies.

  15. bib says:

     mmm. do we really believe whats written in the sun?? it will be a shame though if it is tennants last series as the doctor.
    As for the new doctor, I would love to see Daniel Craig as the doctor he could walk around in those little shorts he wore as Bond in the tardis. I would never miss an episode. no i wouldnt like to see a woman as the doctor for the reasons stated about Daniel Craig. haha.

  16. old_fart says:

    Eddie Izzard or Graham Norton would be favourite.
    I\’d have gone for John Inman, but he\’s dead. 

  17. αℓкα says:

     I think that David iz a really good doctor and it will be a shame if he leaves because my whole skool loves him and my frnd even said that if he leaves she will cry so i dont think that David  Tennant should leave but if he haz to than i agree the next doc should be Richard E Grant 

  18. Sulamite - Suly says:

    James Nesbitt is a very accomplished actor. Anyone who says he cannot act – obviously knows nothing about acting. 

  19. Joanne says:

    My names Joanne and im the BIGGEST fan of David Tennant…you might even say obsessed. There\’s not 1 day i go without watching all the doctor who episodes hes been in. I love him!! Just want to say, David Tennant, if your reading this, i think you,ve found your perminant biggest fan. =D xx always loving him.

  20. Richard says:

    I have been a big fan of Dr Who since the mid seventees and grew up watching Tom Baker, the best since then has been David Tennant and I will miss seeing him as the doctor.  The idea of the doctor becoming a woman is as ridiculous as James Bond being cast by a woman.  It has been an idea that went down like a lead balloon in the past and if a woman is cast as the Doctor, it could spell the end of Dr Who.  If the BBC want a female TimeLord, bring back Romana.  As for James Nesbitt, sorry I cant see him as suitable material or Richard E Grant.  Colin Baker should be given the opportunity to play him again, because I feel he was not given a fair chance in the 1980\’s. As long as he doesn\’t wear that dreadful coat! 

  21. little c says:

    Not sure about James Nesbit, don\’t think I could take him seriously. I think a female Dr could work.
     
    The problem with Dr Who nowadays is not the choice of Drs, but the choice of locations. Dr Who was best when they went to strange planets with alien races, and didn\’t stay around earth the whole time. 

  22. Victoria says:

    YES A FEMALE DR WHO!!
    I’V WANTED THIS SINCE I WAS 4 YRS OLD
    PICK ME PICK ME !
     
    As a consolation prize Nesbitt would bring some Irish charm to the Tardis, mind you if A Scotsman has to hide his accent to be on the beeb then there probably isn’t much hope for the rest of us  
    And you Andy Rake women allowed to do stuff equals world gone PC mad, you do know your mum is a woman don’t you? 

  23. Vincent says:

    Aren\’t we forgetting that a  Time Lord is only supposed to have 12 lives? That means that the Doctor can only regenerate a further 2 times. It could be less as we don\’t know what happened between Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston. No doubt he will be able to tap into some ancient power of the Time Lords… Perhaps he can degenerate into Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy or Colin Baker, none of whom had a choice about giving up the role, I believe? There was the comic relief Curse of Fatal Death where after regenerating into a series of different actors, he ended up as Joanna Lumley. Surely James Nesbitt is more acceptable than that? Not that Jo isn\’t fit, but the Doctor should always be male, in my opnion. You don\’t want it becoming too far fetched.
     
    Nowadays, the Doctor seems to need to be young and fit, but this also means that they have one eye on their career and will want to move on more quickly. Maybe a more middle aged actor who can have time to do other roles in between. Perhaps the Doctor could be a Jekyll and Hide charatcer (Nesbitt) who switches personas back and forth so he can time/job share the role between different actors?

  24. Vincent says:

    O yes, before anyone rubbishes Colin Baker or Sylvester McCoy as Doctors, I thought they were not only quirky, but also coped well with the Blue Peter production values around at the time.

  25. Adam says:

    But When Cristopher Eccleston took the tardis energy out of rose, doesn\’t that mean he can regenerate more. 

  26. Adam says:

    I agree with the point that James Nesbitt could be a good Doctor. The modern Doctor who has a little bit of comedy in it, but most of it is serious. Nesbitt has done some brilliant acting in his career, even in detective shows, and if you can be a brilliant detective as nesbitt was, you can be The Doctor 

  27. Antonio says:

    If Tennant leaves, how about Alan Davies as the new Doctor? I don\’t think a female Doctor would work, he can regenerate not change his sex, surely!?

  28. Craig says:

     I think Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) would be a perfect addition as Dr Who. He has a sense of Tom Baker about him, I could see him wearing the wonderful coats and his curly hair, they really need to go old school rather than being in London or Cardiff (Must be the only British places he visits)!
    The problem with James Nesbitt is right now he is in far too many tv shows, adverts, shows etc that he\’s getting a bit repetitive, although I think he is a wonderful actor he wouldn\’t get my vote, although I would bet my house on him getting it if David left!

  29. Craig says:

     I think Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) would be a perfect addition as Dr Who. He has a sense of Tom Baker about him, I could see him wearing the wonderful coats and his curly hair, they really need to go old school rather than being in London or Cardiff (Must be the only British places he visits)!
    The problem with James Nesbitt is right now he is in far too many tv shows, adverts, shows etc that he\’s getting a bit repetitive, although I think he is a wonderful actor he wouldn\’t get my vote, although I would bet my house on him getting it if David left!

  30. Craig says:

     I think Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) would be a perfect addition as Dr Who. He has a sense of Tom Baker about him, I could see him wearing the wonderful coats and his curly hair, they really need to go old school rather than being in London or Cardiff (Must be the only British places he visits)!
    The problem with James Nesbitt is right now he is in far too many tv shows, adverts, shows etc that he\’s getting a bit repetitive, although I think he is a wonderful actor he wouldn\’t get my vote, although I would bet my house on him getting it if David left!

  31. Craig says:

     I think Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) would be a perfect addition as Dr Who. He has a sense of Tom Baker about him, I could see him wearing the wonderful coats and his curly hair, they really need to go old school rather than being in London or Cardiff (Must be the only British places he visits)!
    The problem with James Nesbitt is right now he is in far too many tv shows, adverts, shows etc that he\’s getting a bit repetitive, although I think he is a wonderful actor he wouldn\’t get my vote, although I would bet my house on him getting it if David left!

  32. Craig says:

     I think Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) would be a perfect addition as Dr Who. He has a sense of Tom Baker about him, I could see him wearing the wonderful coats and his curly hair, they really need to go old school rather than being in London or Cardiff (Must be the only British places he visits)!
    The problem with James Nesbitt is right now he is in far too many tv shows, adverts, shows etc that he\’s getting a bit repetitive, although I think he is a wonderful actor he wouldn\’t get my vote, although I would bet my house on him getting it if David left!

  33. Kayley says:

    My ideal Doctor would be Johnny Depp , but I think I will keep on dreaming. I think James Nesbitt would be great as the next Doctor or maybe Shane Richie !? I think changing the sex of the Doctor would be stupid.

  34. Keith says:

    Nesbit as the Dr? please no. too dry, need someone with more spark like Richard Obrian, at least has some exprerience with timewarps!  

  35. Colin says:

    I think Alan Davies would make a great Dr. Who! It is ashame that David Tennant has decided his future lies elsewhere, but someone does need to drafted in quickly before the proposed feature lengths start to settle in permanently. I prefer dr. Who on a Saturday evening not some 2hr super length episodes.  

  36. grant says:

    james nesbitt i think we can do better its going to be very very hard to fill david tennants shoes there will never again be a doctor like him he will be missed and going down the road of a woman is a bad idea lets hope they make the right choice or doctor who will dissapear again and this time maby for ever  

  37. Rochelle says:

    I am going out on a limb here but I have heard this name mentioned before – Very quirky and humrous – Bill Nighy 

  38. Coops - says:

     Some fab suggestions here. I love the idea of Bill Nighy.

  39. Harriet says:

    There should be a female doctor and her "companion" should be Zac Efron, I mean I wouldn\’t mind playing the Doctor then !!!!! 😀 

  40. Unknown says:

    :O NO. he needs a good kick up the backside…. hah i can think of what my mate would say right now…. lolage
    i wonder what it would be like having a woman doctor… after all the years of it being a guy, the purists will be very put out lol 

  41. Leying says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    david tennant can\’t go
    he\’s too HOT
    if james nesbitt took over i don\’t think my parents would be very keen on me watching a guy from JEKYLL in a family programme
     and yes i wouldn\’t mind a female doctor
    i hope that a mrs in the tardis lasts til im old enough to become the hmmmm 15th doctor?
    ooooo
    that would be good
    ive been thinking about that for ages, a female doctor, though if i was the companion i wouldnt mind either
    cos both of the companions ive seen have both been snogged by david tennant and john barrowman… sort of
    lol 

  42. Herne says:

     I wouldn\’t look any further than Andrew Lincoln for the new Doctor! Who? you may ask, Lincoln was the male star of ITV\’s wonderful drama series AFTERLIFE in which he played a professor of pyschology teaching at Bristol University who lectured on the falsehoods of parapyschology who initially being a sceptic was writing a book about a medium and ended up a believer although an unwilling beleiver when he had an inoperable brain tumour. Reasons I would have him as the Doctor? In Afterlife he was a mentor to a female campanion, showed righteous indignation when appropiate and was caring. All the attributes that the Doctor displays and Lincoln carried them off to perfection even winning critical acclaim for the part. All in all he could have been described as an \’Adult\’ DR. Who, not to mention his feature film appearences and regular appearence in the C4 series \’Teachers\’.

  43. Unknown says:

    Why does the media continue to guess the news instead of waiting for it to actually happen?  Ever since David became The Doctor there have been silly stories about him leaving!  Please have the decency to wait until David says himself thar he is going. 
    Floss

  44. louise says:

    go to dr.who-online, they have all the latest, truthful information, this is also backed up by the bbc official website of dr.who. 

  45. becky says:

    noooooooooooooooooooo i dont want david tennant to leave i really like him as the doctor and is martha leaving aswell seeing as rose left noooooooooo. Im not sure about james nesbitt being the doctor, why do all the doctors have to leave? Maybe we should get a woman because then she might choose to stay for more than two series. 😦 – sad face

  46. Tim says:

    I think James Nesbitt would be a fantastic choice as far as casting and acting goes. However, he is a very in demand actor, and I don\’t see him being willing to allow himself to be tied down to one part for very long. One, maybe two series at most….? 
     
    I like the Bill Nighy suggestion, he would be a good choice, as I think would Alan Rickman (playing the part similar to his Professor Snape would be a flashback to William Hartnell, I think).
     
    I agree with the poster who said if they wanted a female Time Lord, they should bring back Romana. We know not all the daleks were finished off, why all the Time Lords have been? Romana, eh…. what about Emma Thompson for the part?
     
    Russel T Davies leaving his position? Oh, please allow me to mourn the loss of the worst writer, with his touchy feely scripts and guest star mentality. Should Stephen Moffat take over, I think we could be seeing be new golden age of doctor who, apart from the enormously irrtaing, unfunny Catherine Tate that is. Am I bovvered? With her in the part, I definately am!

  47. john says:

     Alan Davies, James Nesbit !! can\’t anyone think out of the box? What about someone with natural charisma like Stephen Fry or Nigel Havers. surely the Doctor does not have to be pleasing to the female eye to be entertaining.  As for a female Doctor, have you ever heard mention of any female Galifreyans?

  48. shane says:

    I think david tennent is a great doctor and it would be a shame to see him leave.

  49. Nicky says:

    david isnt leaving 

  50. Mark says:

    I don\’t think he\’s leaving Dr Who, don\’t trust newspapers as they tend to get things wrong, wait until David confirms the rumour 

  51. Joanne says:

    no no no no no no david cant go he is fantastic me and my family love him as the dr
    but if he did i think james would make a good dr as he was great in jekyll from jo
     

  52. Gareth says:

    it has already been confirmed nesbitt wont be taking over the role of the doctor. he will instead be making a guest appearance somewhere along the lines.

  53. Suzanne says:

    I really think that a female Doctor would be a bad idea. The show goes through enough changes as it is, to alter the Doctor so much would be really jarring. There have been other female Time Lords and Gallifreyans before and could be again (well, if the Master survived the destruction of the Time Lord Empire, I\’m sure others could too) bring back Romana, the Rani or even Susan but leave the Doctor as a bloke. But by all means make him older again, if a good mature actor can be found.I think I would like a relative unknown actor to play the next Doctor. Preferably someone who\’ll enjoy the part (and gruelling schedule) and not get tempted by the bright lights of fame after ten minutes in the role. Afterall, Time Lords are only supposed to have 12 regenerations before resorting to evil scheming like the Master did to stay alive.But please, please for the love of all that is holy don\’t let James Nesbitt take the role!

  54. Vincent says:

    What is this obsession with the Doctor having to be sexy? It was originally a kid\’s TV educational history show (apparently) and while it was soon discovered that glamourous assistants (Leela springs to mind) were enought to keep dads watching, the kids didn\’t really care a hoot. If he\’s supposed to be a \’believable\’ alien of higher moral purpose, then surely he is supposed to transcend our modern obsession with the sexualisation of everything? This obsession with the Doctor having to be fanciable is akin to always having to fancy your school teacher – but I don\’t think we should even go there.

  55. Unknown says:

    David Tennant makes Doctor Who without him the show would just be boring. I have watched DoctorWho since it was brought back in 2005 and i can honestly say the first series was boring as eccelston didnt make a very good Doctor however since David Tennent took over the role Doctor Who just keeps getting better and better. His protrayal of the Doctor is great and whenever he decides to leave i will still watch Doctor Who just to see if it will be as good as when he was in it but i can honestly say that i will probably stop watching cause as i said he makes Doctor Who and without him the show won\’t be the same.

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