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New Doctor Who Actor To Be Revealed This Sunday

Soulskill posted about 9 months ago | from the can-it-be-david-tennant-again dept.

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New submitter b06r011 writes "The 12th actor to play Doctor Who will be revealed on BBC1 this Sunday at 1900. Rupert Grint and Peter Capaldi have been tipped as favourites to replace Matt Smith but that is no reason to stop idle speculation on a Friday afternooon. This all raises an interesting point though — particularly for Dr Who, where the replacement of an actor whilst maintaining the character is a key part of the plot. Would you rather find out in advance or wait until the end of the regeneration sequence?"

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Who (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457121)

The show will still be rubbish!

who flipping cares (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457125)

must be a slow news day

Rupert Grint? (5, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | about 9 months ago | (#44457135)

Really? Rupert Grint? I suppose there have been some references to the Doctor wanting to be a ginger, but I don't really see Ron Weasley pulling it off.

Re:Rupert Grint? (5, Funny)

Shatrat (855151) | about 9 months ago | (#44457255)

It's the modern era progression of making the Doctor younger and more of a wimp, until eventually he is a zygote time lord.

Re:Rupert Grint? (4, Interesting)

firex726 (1188453) | about 9 months ago | (#44457877)

I wish they'd do something radical, make him an older woman for example. There are many established british actresses who could play the part.

Plus it'd add an interesting dynamic with River.

Re:Rupert Grint? (4, Interesting)

Comrade Ogilvy (1719488) | about 9 months ago | (#44458159)

Catherine Tate. I wish they would go with Catherine Tate. As Donna Noble is timelordish already, one can easily imagine another regeneration accident might accomplish the transition.

Re:Rupert Grint? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458383)

Yes make him a her, men have been at the table for far too long now. Women are needed for a different take. Most modern men act feminine anyway.

Re:Rupert Grint? (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about 9 months ago | (#44458245)

It's the modern era progression of making the Doctor younger and more of a wimp, until eventually he is a zygote time lord.

Thus why I'm rooting for them to pick Vinnie Jones as the next Doctor!

Re:Rupert Grint? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457339)

I hope it's not Grint. I've never seen him in anything post HP so I can't comment on his acting ability, but he's much too young. Smith was even a bit of a stretch, if I'm honest.

Re:Rupert Grint? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457491)

Capaldi wouldn't fit in with the "sexy young geek" thing they've been going with since the beginning of this latest resurgence. Putting in a fifty-something actor after several 20-30-ish types might alienate a lot of their new younger fans. Sad, but true.

Re:Rupert Grint? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457953)

Eccles cake was a young geek?

Re:Rupert Grint? (4, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 9 months ago | (#44457617)

I didn't see underwear model and rapper Marky Mark pulling off a serious acting career. Maybe assume that the people in charge of casting know a little bit more about whether he can act than you do.

Re:Rupert Grint? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 9 months ago | (#44457899)

I still don't see him doing any serious acting, unless by that you mean generic action flick.

I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (5, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about 9 months ago | (#44457145)

He would make an awesome Doctor.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457293)

I think he'd make a better Master.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 9 months ago | (#44457367)

Nah, he lacks the child-like enthusiasm and curiosity that is pretty much required for a doctor, in my mind anyways. I agree with the AC: he'd make a fantastic Master, but not so much a Doctor. Besides, he's probably too busy being Smaug/Sherlock.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (2)

i kan reed (749298) | about 9 months ago | (#44457421)

Oh man, I just realized he's been typecast as a sociopath. (dragons are large, fire-breathing sociopaths for all intents and purposes)

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 9 months ago | (#44457445)

I kinda like the First Doctor, much more serious. Beside I think Cumberbatch could probably handle being a little lighter too.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (1)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 9 months ago | (#44457583)

I'd like to see him as an evil 12th regeneration of the Doctor, that steals new regenerations like the Master did on Traken. They have to do something to get around the regeneration limit; Why not have an evil doctor for half a season, then have the 13th regeneration full of regret like nine.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (2)

firex726 (1188453) | about 9 months ago | (#44457907)

I think hey said the limit is a non-issue, in that was self imposed by the TimeLords, since they are out of the picture, it's no problem now.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (4, Interesting)

invid (163714) | about 9 months ago | (#44457627)

My vote would go to Hugh Laurie. With House done with, what the heck else does he have to do?

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (2)

idontgno (624372) | about 9 months ago | (#44457873)

So, from Doctor House to Doctor Whoose*. But it still wouldn't be lupus.

*Nah, never mind that. It would just sound like they just relocated House from New Jersey to Toronto.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (3, Funny)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 9 months ago | (#44457959)

My vote would go to Hugh Laurie. With House done with, what the heck else does he have to do?

But you know if they cast Hugh, his sidekick would have to be played by Stephen Fry....

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (3, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 9 months ago | (#44458041)

YES, do that!!!
TAKE MY MONEY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (4, Funny)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about 9 months ago | (#44458251)

I am throwing money at the screen but nothing is happening.

Allright, which one of you assholes let Steve Ballmer in here?

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458153)

My vote would go to Hugh Laurie. With House done with, what the heck else does he have to do?

Hugh Laurie has his own Jazz band , i believe.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (1)

Stargoat (658863) | about 9 months ago | (#44457893)

He was a craptastic Khan. Khan is supposed to be menacing and be able to sell Chryslers. Cumberbatch can barely sell Fords and is about as menacing as a hummus and wheat sandwich.

Re:I still would like Benidict Cumberbatch (1)

SpectreBlofeld (886224) | about 9 months ago | (#44458057)

Paul Bettany. The Doctor could finally get his wish to be a ginger!

Barring that, I'd love to see David Mitchell portray a Doctor armed with sarcastic 'Angry Logic'.

I heard about this yesterday (2)

kiriath (2670145) | about 9 months ago | (#44457153)

I was almost unable to sleep last night with excitement.

So, crazy, excited.

Still, there would be something to be said for waiting till the regeneration sequence... though in this day and age it would be very tough to like Doctor Who and not find out via some means beforehand.

I would love to wait (5, Insightful)

omnichad (1198475) | about 9 months ago | (#44457161)

Sure, I'd love to wait and find out. It will be literally impossible. Headlines will spoil it, photos attached to stories will spoil it. Won't even be able to log into Facebook. Just trying to look up details on air date. It will be impossible to remain uninformed.

Re:I would love to wait (0)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 9 months ago | (#44457689)

This is why piracy is so popular. Did they really expect people to wait a week or months to see that episode of Game of Thrones when everyone was already talking about it on every social networking site as soon as HBO broadcast it?

Re:I would love to wait (2)

omnichad (1198475) | about 9 months ago | (#44457913)

It's being announced 3 months before the reveal episode airs. Piracy makes no difference. Essentially completely off-topic.

John Hurt (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457167)

Introduced as the next doctor at the end of a recent episode.

Re:John Hurt (3, Interesting)

geminidomino (614729) | about 9 months ago | (#44457257)

Contextually, he was actually introduced as a previous doctor. Some sort of disavowed apostate thing because of his, as yet unrevealed, crimes.

If they kept us on a nine-month cliffhanger and reveal said crimes to be how he ended the time war (which we've known for years now), so help me, I'm starting the Revolutionary War all over again...

Re:John Hurt (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about 9 months ago | (#44457833)

Actual clip here [youtube.com] . Seriously, how out of the loop do you have to be to post this story? Everyone knows already!

Re:John Hurt (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 9 months ago | (#44457945)

Well I suppose you could be like me and stuck watching them when netflix gets the DVDs. Since I don't have cable, nor any interest in the syfy edits.

I guess I should just go back to pirating them.

Re:John Hurt (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about 9 months ago | (#44458117)

Think of it as a licence to pirate! If they want to turn everything into access permissions, then it doesn't really matter where you get the content from.

Re:John Hurt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458023)

Nope. The theories are that he's either Theta Sigma before he became The Doctor, or he's was the one who ended The Time War and acted not in the name of The Doctor.

IMDB (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457225)

Both actors according to IMDB are quite busy over the next couple of years.

It'll be hard for both.

Film the scene with multiple actors (2)

AngryMuppet (876030) | about 9 months ago | (#44457233)

Don't let anyone know which one it will be until it airs.

Re:Film the scene with multiple actors (2)

AngryMuppet (876030) | about 9 months ago | (#44457545)

Then reuse the scenes from the other actors later in the series to create one or more alternate-Doctor uber-villains that someone creates by diverging the timeline at his moment of regeneration.

Needs New Writer Instead (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457235)

I'm waiting until they reveal the next writer. Matt Smith has done a fine job, but Moffat just hasn't been giving him as good of scripts as Davies wrote for Eccleston and Tennant.

Re:Needs New Writer Instead (2)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 9 months ago | (#44457687)

Having Moffat write occasional fantasy episodes was fine, and resulted in some great Doctor Who, but turning the whole series into a fantasy show was a mistake. They should have a science fiction fan at the helm.

Re:Needs New Writer Instead (1)

firex726 (1188453) | about 9 months ago | (#44457977)

Same, Moffat is fine for the one off deals, and he did a great job with them; but writing longer over arcing plots does not seem to be his strong suit. I think this last one was pretty weak compared to all the others.

Come to think of it, did they ever resolve the Exploding Tardis storyline? Didn't seem to be explicitly stated, and best guess was The Silence, but also in the final moments there was a voice speaking on one of the monitors and The Silence have not been shown to speak.

Re:Needs New Writer Instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458463)

It's being said, by people who have seen the finished versions/scripts, that the 50th and the Christmas episodes wrap up all the loose ends from #11.

Re:Needs New Writer Instead (3, Interesting)

pauljlucas (529435) | about 9 months ago | (#44457703)

I'm waiting until they reveal the next writer. Matt Smith has done a fine job, but Moffat just hasn't been giving him as good of scripts as Davies wrote for Eccleston and Tennant.

During the Eccleston and Tennant years, Davies' scripts were mediocre/bad. It was only Moffat that wrote the good stories (e.g., The Empty Child [wikipedia.org] , The Girl in the Fireplace [wikipedia.org] , and, probably the best story in the new series, Blink [wikipedia.org] ).

Given stories like that, I was really excited when Moffat took over from Davies, but, sadly, now that's he's lead writer, the stores are back to being mediocre/bad. It might be because being lead writer, nobody has the guts to tell him his scripts are rubbish and go back and rewrite them.

Re:Needs New Writer Instead (1)

firex726 (1188453) | about 9 months ago | (#44458031)

Well keep in mind many of the ones from Davies was written alongside someone else too. The ones he did himself were on the better side of that spectrum.

Re:Needs New Writer Instead (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458185)

Moffat was great writing for Davies, indeed he did some of the best shows under RTD, but he's a shit showrunner and his writing has been subpar at best.

As long as they don't have a faggot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457237)

... in a rainbow scarf, I don't care.

As River Song says, No Spoilers! (2)

Aggrazel (13616) | about 9 months ago | (#44457259)

I'm going to try to avoid finding out who the next doctor will be, though it'll probably be next to impossible.

Though I'd love to see the nerdrage/glee if they name a female actor to the role.

Next Doctor (4, Interesting)

captain_dope_pants (842414) | about 9 months ago | (#44457265)

I'd go for Christopher Lloyd - in full-on Emmett Brown / Jim Ignatowski mode, preferably with a British accent but it's not that important. That'd be awesome :)

Re:Next Doctor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458543)

To quote Reverend Jim Ignatowski, "Great Scott!"

How is Who a Spoiler? (2)

Golddess (1361003) | about 9 months ago | (#44457267)

Not sure I understand how "who" could be considered a spoiler. I could see someone caring about the how/why he needs to regenerate, but not who he regenerates into.

A Sad State of Affairs (1)

Silvrmane (773720) | about 9 months ago | (#44457277)

What does it say about the state of Slashdot's editorial practices that I assumed the headline was just the usual word salad of grammatical errors on first parse?

Re:A Sad State of Affairs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458079)

It's not Slashdot's fault that you're oblivious to cultures other than your own.

Script writers (0)

polyp2000 (444682) | about 9 months ago | (#44457281)

to be honest the BBC needs to focus on getting better direction and script writers. These days all the great unmissable shows are coming from the US. A great actor can should not be let down by poor direction or a lame script. DR Who needs someone like J J Abrams in charge imho!

Re:Script writers (1)

firex726 (1188453) | about 9 months ago | (#44458075)

I was with you till the last bit.
The last thing Who needs is someone like Abrams. Look at the most well received episodes and they are usually the ones of a more serious emotional note. No lens flares, Dumb action sequences, Pointless love triangles, Gratuitous sex scenes.

Here's an idea (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 9 months ago | (#44457309)

They just keep making the same mistake 10+ times, don't they? THIS TIME hire an actor that will sign a 10 year contract and shows intent to actually stay with the show. In England, the actor who plays Doctor Who is the highest level of attainable status, one level higher than the queen herself. But nope, the last asshole thought "maybe I can do better" or "I just need to be making less money" or "I like movies better" and dropped out after a mere, what 2 or 3 years? Pathetic. Definitely a slap in the face to fans. So this time, I really don't care who it is as long as they actually stay with the series.

Re:Here's an idea (1)

tyroneking (258793) | about 9 months ago | (#44457381)

In England the change over of Dr Who actors is now treated like a big celebrity event - it's in all the papers, TV, magazines. The BBC knows what it's doing - Eccleston taught them that lesson --- lots of publicity and celebrity news for what is a pretty weak show in many respects. Obviously Eccleston was the true inheritor of Tom Baker's mantle, but that's just for us to agree on... ;)

Whereas here in Amurca. . . (1)

Salgak1 (20136) | about 9 months ago | (#44457607)

. . . .we concentrate on the IMPORTANT stuff. Like Kanye and Kim, Taylor Swift's messy break-up du jour, and what George Zimmerman is up to lately. . .

Re:Whereas here in Amurca. . . (1)

tyroneking (258793) | about 9 months ago | (#44457925)

Kanye I actually 'dig' --- he's either a media puppet ("Kanye - go and p*** off some white people - it'll help album sales.") or a true loose cannon, fascinating study in modern media.

Re:Here's an idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457587)

I actually like the fact that they don't stay around forever because:

1) They (the actor) gets stale after a while
2) The writers get stale trying to write to the strengths of a particular actor

and most importantly

3) If I can't stand the current actor (like some recent ones....), I know I only have to either endure or not watch the show for a couple of years...

Re:Here's an idea (2)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 9 months ago | (#44457677)

But that's part of the Doctor's appeal. He's not just a single personality... he's a complex alien whose latest mentality comes forth upon regeneration. After being forced to commit genocide against his whole species, he's an angry nihilist. Slowly, major events in his life make him a more well-rounded person, and the exrenal changes are the most visible part of that. Frankly, seeing the same Doctor for 10 years would be boring, because a major aspect of the character's development would stall.

Re:Here's an idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457853)

You do realize that only one actor played the role longer than 4 seasons, and even was showing signs that he wanted out at 7 seasons.

You know who would make a good doctor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457375)

Zaphod Beeblebrox, that's who.

Peter Capaldi would make a great Doctor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457771)

I can just hear it now: "I'm the fucking Doctor you stupid fucking cunt!"

At 1900? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44457787)

So they want to make sure only people with an actual TARDIS can see the live event?

How many more? (1)

operagost (62405) | about 9 months ago | (#44457827)

So, depending on what's considered canon, this Doctor will be:

- The last (if the 4th Doctor's claim of 12 regenerations and the "evil" Doctor count), or,
- The next to last (if the the 4th Doctor's claim of 12 regenerations, but not the "evil" Doctor, count), or,
- The 496th from the last, if the 11th Doctor is correct.

Re:How many more? (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about 9 months ago | (#44458065)

I keep seeing this come up, but I distinctly remember from my childhood that it was established that the Time Lords had the ability to reset the regeneration count and give Lords new sets of regenerations - has that been forgotten for the new series or something?

It's John Hurt -- per the Season 7 finale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44458009)

And that's not much of a spoiler.

Grint would be a peculiar choice... (4, Interesting)

FellowConspirator (882908) | about 9 months ago | (#44458051)

Personally, what I'd like to see is a more deliberative and cunning Doctor, more so than a rogue -- something harkening back to previous doctors. Also more 2-3 episode story arcs. Far too many of the stories seem rushed. The pace needs to be notched down and story given more depth with some more richness to the character. They should pick someone that could carry that sort of role. The only thing I've seen Grint perform in is the Harry Potter movies, and while he did an admirable job as Ron Weasley, I don't know that he'd have the presence to carry the role of the Doctor (perhaps I'm mistaken).

Also, I'd like the Doctor's mortality (and maybe a view into his psyche regarding the subject) to be explored. Presumably, Time Lords have finite regenerations (at one time indicated to be 12) - well, this new Doctor will be at (or nearly at) his final regeneration: will he accept it or struggle to for a way to prolong his life? Will it make him less brash/more timid? Will he consider retirement? Will he seek out his daughter and hand her the torch to become the defender of mankind and meddler in time and space?

Re:Grint would be a peculiar choice... (2)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 9 months ago | (#44458281)

If by "his daughter", you mean Jenny, the "clone daughter" from "The Doctor's Daughter", then he wouldn't seek her out. Last he saw her, she died and didn't regenerate. Only after he left did her regeneration kick in (albeit without her changing forms) and she took off to explore the Universe. They could bring her back by having her contact the Doctor or run into him, but why would he seek out someone who he thinks died (and whose timeline doesn't allow for a visit without meeting his past self)?

Don't Believe The Favorites (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 9 months ago | (#44458331)

I wouldn't believe the reported "top picks." Moffet has said that he purposefully leaked wrong names to keep us guessing. That means that none of those actors are likely the next Doctor.

Unless he was lying about leaking wrong names so that THAT would throw us off the trail. In which case it COULD be one of the top picks.

Curse you, Moffet. Now I can't wait until Sunday!

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