|I suspect so.
|Ewww! It's Planet of the Gross
Still, a bit unnerving that her name should be mentioned by one of the DOCTOR WHO production team. But these guys are clever enough to keep the press machine spinning on and how better than to start the rampant speculation on the next companion or, if you like, assistant. So, in the spirit of the trisquillion lists on the go, here's mine!
TOP 15 POSSIBLE
11TH DOCTOR COMPANIONS15. EMMA WATSON
Unlikely as she's still got some Harry Potter garbage to get through but hey, you never know with actresses, they're so flighty! Whether or not The Moff would regard this as one youth too many is probably up for debate. Apparently she can act, haven't seen any evidence of this however.14. LACEY TURNER
If she's smart she'll try and get out of Easties
(or, if you prefer, 'Stenders)
and hop onto the WHO
train while she's still
young. Lacey T
can do feisty and slightly slutty (actually, hugely
slutty) so not a bad contender. I'm sure the BEEB would prefer an 'in~house' move for an actress.
13. REBECCA HALL
Although I think she's tops, her career seems very rooted in films these days with her excellent role in The Prestige and a recent Woody Allen film on her CV. Mind you, with the money the BEEB saved on getting Matty S, they might be able to allure her.
12. ALICE EVE
Interestingly, and I use the word quite geekily, Alice starred in Starter For Ten with the aforementioned Rebecca Hall. Eve's career isn't quite as stellar as hers though so it's a possible.
11. MICHELLE GOMEZ
After seeing her in Taming Of The Shrew last year, I found a new respect for the scariest woman on telly. The image of her and little Matty S traveling through the cosmos does bear thinking about.
10. SOPHIE WINKLEMAN
Big Suze! She seems to be floundering in TV shows at the moment, turning up in Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & Paul and bit parts in 'stuff' like Kingdom. I've been attracted, sorry, interested in the Soph~ster ever since her first appearance in Peep Show (laughs, remembering how many people were sure that Paterson Joseph WAS the eleventh Doctor) and this could be the part she needs/deserves.
9. AMARA KARAN
Like Gomez, I saw Amara in Taming Of The Shrew last year and she was quite stunning. Karan has a very distinctive look and the acting chops to go with it. She ain't done much screen stuff but she did appear in St Trinians as well as the terrific Wes Anderson flick, The Darjeeling Limited. An unknown accompanying another unknown? Are the new production team that brave/stupid (delete where applicable).
8. OLIVIA COLEMAN
Yeah, this is never gonna happen but I have a lorra lurve for the Cole~ster (or, as Mitchell & Webb call her, Colly). She's a fab actress and would bring a certain Cathy T~ness to the role of a companion. A very daring choice if they made it but I think they've already gone down that road enough in the casting department.
7. MICHELLE RYAN
Ex~Easties, failed in the States and now back in the UK in the atrocity that is Merlin (I say 'is' 'cos they're making a second series - groan!), Ryan has a look which I would describe as groin~grabbing. She needs a 'hit' soon before the Celeb shows come calling. Fact fans note: she also starred in Jekyll from none other than, Steven Moffat...
6. CATHERINE SHEPHERD
Like Sophie Winkleman, the wonderful Cathy S turns up here and there (in not always the best of shows) and delivers brilliantly but she hasn't had anything yet that is really hers. I've been attracted, sorry, interested in Cathy S ever since she turned up as awkward student in Peep Show. Visually she would match the odd looks of Matty S quite well.
5. KEELEY HAWES
Don't let A2A (that's Ashes To Ashes grandad!) put you off Keeley, she could make a very interesting 'sidekick' to Matty S. Older and, perhaps, wiser. If ever Romana were to return then Hawes would be the perfect regeneration (unless The Mill can CG up Mary Tamm or Lalla Ward - yummy!).
4. OLIVIA HALLINAN
I cannot claim to be a fan of Lark Rise To Candleford (though the Christmas special was acceptable fare) but if there's one thing I do like about it, it's Mark Heap. But, since I'm not discussing male companions (not on my watch!), the other good thing is Olivia Hallinan. This 'up and coming' little lady impressed in Sugar Rush and even turned up in Torchwood (showing up some of the less talented actors). Plus, ain't she purty?
3. KATHERINE PARKINSON
Man, how awesome would this be? I lurve this woman deeply. Though the combination of WHO and Kathy P may make my trousers explode. And not in a good way.
2. SHERIDAN SMITH
As the police would say (that's the law enforcement agency, not the band), she's got previous. The two jugs actress voices the companion Lucie in the WHO audio adventures with Paul "Didn't He Get A Lot Of Screentime In The Most Recent Doctor Who Confidential? In Fact, He Got More Time Than Baker And McCoy Put Togther" McGann. She popped up in the recent Jonathan Creek displaying her companion~esque abilities. As well as her knockers.
1. ANDREA RISEBOROUGH
This would be my personal choice if it were up to me. Everything I've seen Andrea in, she's been simply stunning; from her comedic role in Magicians to the selfish cow in Party Animals (along with Matty S, yes that's right) to the incredibly dramatic The Devil's Whore. Not only that but she made Margaret Thatcher seem like a real human being; now that's acting! Plus I fancy her a bit too - shock, horror!
No Matt, you're The Doctor not the companion.
Of course, it doesn't need to be some new s~bag they get in the TARDIS. Personally I would be more than happy for one of these lurvelies to return (in fact, this is what I would prefer).
TOP 3 "RETURNEES"
3. GEORGIA MOFFETT
The return of Jenny Who seems inevitable anyway as it was The Moff's decision for her to come back to life (the old sentimental bastid!) but the real question is, would she start bonking Matty S?
2. CAREY MULLIGAN
Again, another Stevey M inspired choice. Carey, as I'm sure you remember, starred as Sally Sparrow in his story Blink. And, as with any Stevey M tale, nobody gets killed so she seems ripe for return. And she's not bad on the eye...
1. CATHERINE TATECould there be any other?
'Til the next time,
Labels: 11th Doctor Companion, Andrea Riseborough, Catherine Tate, Dr Who Assistant speculation, Georgia Moffett, Katherine Parkinson, Keeley Hawes, LILY ALLEN, Matt Smith, Olivia Hallinan, Sheridan Smith