Rowan Atkinson, why's he not been mentioned?
A while back, I did THIS
post where I collated some actors who hadn't been linked with role of The Doctor
in BBC's 'popular' show, DOCTOR WHO
. Well, as we're now within a day of finding it who it actually
is, here are some thoughts on the names being touted. I'll start with the bookies' favourite, Paterson Joseph
I find it too
convenient that his name was bandied about so heavily in the media just before a big BBC series, Survivors
, was about to begin. A second series has been commissioned and he's also been doing the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency
. Too busy?
Perhaps. Also, everytime I see Paterson I picture him saying "Aberdeen" a la Alan Johnson
in Peep Show
. He's brilliant, don't get me wrong but I just don't see it. Next up....
It's Robert Carlyle
. Doubtful as he's taken on a lead role in a US series. Personally, I think he would be tops but a bit would the British public accept a Scottish Doctor? Uh oh, hold on....
Elsewhere, Alan Davies
is still being mentioned (has been since the flippin'
Nineties!) but would the British public accept a curly haired Doctor? Uh oh, hold on....
, Jason Statham
gets mentioned in these polls. I would make a better Doctor and I cannot act! Not
gonna happen. Similarly, Russell Tovey isn't
going to happen either but because RTD
mentioned how good he was the press feel the need to include his name. Without being rude, look at the guy! The Slitheen
would have dealt with him quicker than you could say Pob
name~checked Harry Lloyd
in a similar fashion. Won't happen either, not yet
Richard E Grant
Did someone say Richard E Grant
knows why. He hasn't acted since Withnail & I
. Not convincingly
anyway. He has 'previous' with Doctor Who
however, check out the online tale Scream Of The Shalka
and his appearance in The Curse Of The Fatal Death
. The latter written by a certain Steven Moffat
. Not gonna be him either though. Another actor to have played The Doctor in that very same Comic Relief
Now this is
Well RTD & Co.
wanted him before Chris "Grumpy Bastid" Eccleston
but he refused only to publicly regret it later. Curiously, RTD banged on about how
good he was as The Doctor in the most recent edition of DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL
. Though, knowing how the outgoing producer works, that could be a smokescreen. BUT
, The Moff~ster likes his handsome leading men (Jack Davenport
anyone?) and who is more handsome than Huge Grunt
David Walliams [left] and Mark GatissDavid Walliams!
Can't see him doing it at all and he's only on the bookies' list 'cos he said he would do it if asked. Having seen him act 'properly', I think I can safely discount him. And while I'm carelessly dismissing candidates, who the hell put Daniel Radcliffe
in there? He's sort of busy for the next year or so - not
him either! John Simm
he left LIFE ON MARS
'cos it was too intense for him, workwise. Now, let's talk old
Bill NighyBill Nighy
seems to be the perfect choice for us older fans who want a return to the values that.. yawn
, sorry I couldn't get through that sentence. But seriously an older Doc would be very interesting but the workload the show demands (look what's happened to poor Davey T
!) would seem to eliminate the 'older' crew like Anthony Head
. And Stephen "Too Busy To Write For Doctor Who 'Cos He Wanted To Do Flippin' Kingdom" Fry
is simply too
Now, back to the serious contenders, or rather the names the Bookies keep throwing up. James McAvoy
? Isn't he a little too
Hollywood? Plus, would Britain accept a Scottish.. uh,
I've done that gag already. The other big name that's linked with the part is James Nesbitt
and, I have to admit, I do not care for him at all. Worringly, he has worked with Stevey M
(as did Paterson Joseph
, remember him?) so there may be a connection. I sincerely hope not, he is limp~making
in every sense.
Speaking of being limp, Matt Smith's
name has come to the fore in the past few days. Interestingly, and I use the word quite wrongly
, I mentioned him in THIS
post when I was suggesting his co~star in Party Animals
would be a good choice. I think Matt would be great but he's probably a bit too
much like Davey T
(though the BEEB may think that's a good thing) in appearance to make his own mark.
Matt Smith [left] and Sean PertweeSean Pertwee
has had his monkier plastered about too. I haven't seen enough of his work to make an informed opinion. I will make this warning, however, just remember what happened the last time an actor with the same surname as a previous actor playing the Doctor was given the job. *coughs*
Exactly! Another name I can't really comment on is Ben Whishaw
Yup, that's him there in I'm Not There
. Nice outift though. Definitely
a possible as he's the right age and a handsome lad to boot. Lastly, there's Chiwetel Ejiofor
(that's easy for you to say). A very good actor with a look that one could define as 'Doctor~y' but is he too big for the part? He's done a number of films and he may think WHO is a step back. Would be a great choice and is it a coincidence that BBC2 are screening Kinky Boots
on Sunday? Perhaps.
Chiwetel Ejiofor'Til the next time,C.