12 Very Unlikely Candidates to Play Twelve In
The Mary Sue Staff | 12:44 pm, June 6th, 2013
Rowan Atkinson certainly has the manic energy to be the Doctor, and we actually have some idea what he would be like in the role, thanks to Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death, a Comic Relief sketch from 1999 where Atkinson battles with Jonathan Pryce as the Master. We could see a more Mr.Bean-like Doctor for Atkinson. Why not have the Doctor just be completely silent, since no one understands his explanations anyway? Rowan Atkinson’s 12th Doctor could get everything he needed to do done with confidence and luck, all while exuding the charming incompetence of many of Atkinson’s most memorable characters. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Master drive around in a TARDIS disguised as a three-wheeled car either. Still, given that he’s already played the role, I doubt we’ll see Rowan Atkinson take on the Doctor again.
Betty White could break all sorts of conventions as the 12th Doctor. The Doctor would no longer be aging backwards, would be a woman, and would have an American accent, but perhaps most importantly, the Doctor would swear much more often. If there’s one thing TV executives are sure of, it’s that the shock value of Betty White cursing is worth an army of monsters and a wedding all in one episode. I personally would love to see White in the role, spouting off dialogue about the Shadow Proclamation and tiring out perplexed companions.
Hey, the Doctor
has been getting younger lately, or at least the actors have. But Quvenzhané Wallis has other things to do than film a weekly television show. Like school and being Annie and stuff. Which is a shame, because the rage from certain parts of fandom at a female person of color being the Doctor could fueled a small country if properly harnessed.
4.Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
The world just isn't ready for the Doctor striding onto their television screens, muscles bulging out of his suit (made out of Under Armour, naturally) and asking the baddie of the week whether they're wearing their funderwear, because they're about to get their alien asses beat.
One day, maybe. One day.
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5.Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
William Shatner said it best: Why couldn't they just get Tina and Amy to host the show? And just imagine the fan reaction of Moffat and Co. were to reveal that Time Lords can sometimes regenerate into
two people? It'd be the biggest thing to ever happen to Doctor Who. And it'd certainly distract folks from arguing that it would ruin the show if the Doctor regenerated into a woman or any race other than white, because reasons.
Hello?! She plays like 50 roles already, let's not tire the poor woman out.
Tatiana Maslany does not have time to be the 12th Doctor, no, but she would make a great one. Just imagine, all 11 Doctors in the same room at the same time. That’s kind of what BBC America’s Orphan Black is like every week. Seriously though, as much as we’d love to see how she’d do as a Time Lord, we like her just where she is.
Jeff Goldblum knows how to wear a suit, has a quirky way of speaking, faces down dinosaurs and lives to tell the tale, is a crack detective, and sends aliens packing when they decide to conquer Earth. Conclusion? Goldblum can not play the 12th Doctor because it would ruin his secret identity as...the Doctor.
Melissa McCarthy is quite sought after these days, thanks to her success on Bridesmaids, and she could definitely bring levity to the role of the first female Doctor. McCarthy as a Time Lord might actually be something like having the Doctor Donna, a quick talking, no-nonsense lady with a good sense of humor. Plus with someone as energetic as McCarthy as the Doctor, we would never have to worry about The Silence, though I’m not sure how she would get along with Strax.
Tatum won't be Twelve because
Doctor Who is ostensibly a show for kids, for all that it scares the bejeesus out of its viewers on a regular basis. Having a Doctor who fights aliens topless and occasionally grinds up (in a consensual fashion, of course) on his companions probably wouldn't go over too well with parents.
Think of the dance scenes, though.
Sean Bean might be the most experienced death scene actor in Hollywood today, which is precisely why it's so unlikely that he'd ever get to play an immortal.
Wait. Do regeneration scenes count as death scenes?
It should be pretty obvious why
Neil Gaiman is never going to be the Doctor. I mean, he's not (primarily) an actor, for one. But he's also got some pretty solid ideas about who he wants as the Twelfth Doctor, and it's the actual reason why we probably won't see anybody on this list, or many other lists of "possible" Twelfth Doctors, at the TARDIS console:
"I think that if you’d asked me who should be the 11th Doctor 5 years ago I wouldn’t have listed Matt Smith, because I didn’t know who he was or what he was capable of... I like to see The Doctor as The Doctor, and an actor who doesn’t bring baggage is a grand sort of thing. A star waiting to happen. So I don’t want to see Helen Mirren or Sir Ian McKellen or Chiwetel Ejiofor, or any of the famous names people are suggesting.
"I want to see The Doctor. I want to be taken by surprise. I want to squint at a photo of the person online and go “but how can that be The Doctor?”. Then I want to be amazingly, delightedly, completely proven wrong, and, six episodes in, I want to wonder how I could have been so blind. Because this is the Doctor. Of course it is."
The most likely candidate to play the Doctor? Probably somebody most people are unfamiliar with. But that's why the speculation is so much fun!
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There’s been a lot of speculation floating around about who should replace the soon-departing
Matt Smith on Doctor Who. Our buds at Geekosystem, for one, have quite the cool list. But we wanted to go in a different direction. To that end, here are 12 people who definitely won’t be picking up a sonic screwdriver and saving the universe. Even though we might want them to.
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