In the past few days, news outlets have reported that Rory Kinnear was in fact the new Doctor and then not in fact the new Doctor. At this point it is hard to tell what is true or false when it comes to the Skyfall actor and Doctor Who.There has also been discussion about having a black doctor or woman doctor. It all got me thinking about what who should be cast as the new Doctor. On his blog, Neil Gaiman made some good points about why we should hope that it is someone that we have never heard of. Here are some thoughts on the matter.
I really do not see a big problem in the story-line with having a black doctor. There was precedent set with River Song. Melody Pond regenerated from a young black girl into the version of River Song that we are familiar with in Let's Kill Hitler. If the Doctor has changed ages, heights, eye color, and hair color, why not skin color?
I have been more on the fence with having a woman Doctor. I don't see this as the sexism issue people are making it out to be. Some characters are male and some are female. I understand that in the past their has definitely been a sexist aspect to the show concerning the Doctor and his female companions. However, I believe in that in New Who, there have been several strong female characters and many of them have been responsible for saving the Doctor. That being said, after reading the post Why You’re Wrong About a Female Doctor by Dan Roth, I have warmed up more to the idea of having a woman Doctor.
In the end, I really just want to the BBC to find the right person that is going to do the Doctor justice and progress the story-line forward in an interesting way. Hopefully the BBC will not pick a white male, only on the basis that it has always been that way. In the same vein, hopefully they do not choose a female or black actor just to pander to critics. The audience should be happy to take any of the above as long as that person embodies the Doctor.
Over the next couple posts, I will be exploring some different choices of actors that I would consider to play the Doctor. While I respect Neil Gaiman's thoughts on the matter, humans are speculative by nature and I have some ideas. Plus I'm a huge Doctor Who nerd and it is fun to write about! Geronimo!
Check out some possibilities here:
In Search of the Doctor: The Female Doctor
In Search of The Doctor: The Older Doctor (Over 50 years old)
In Search of the Doctor: The Middle-Aged Doctor (36-50 years old)