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Which Being Human Star Might’ve Been Starring In Doctor Who Right Now?


Who, in an alternate universe, is gallivanting around in the (prop) TARDIS at this very moment? That would be…

Russell Tovey, who played the adorable and occasionally squeaky-voiced werewolf George. He also had a memorable role in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special (the one with the space Titanic) as Midshipman Alonso Frame. Then-showrunner Russell T. Davies liked Tovey so much that he mentioned in a blog post that the actor would make a great Doctor. Then, said Tovey to The Independent, things took on a life of their own:

“Russell texted me to say, ‘Look, I’ve said this quote about how you should be the next Doctor Who, so if it goes a bit crazy …’ And I was, ‘Oh, that’s fine …’, and then suddenly it just went everywhere: people messaging me from my childhood and lots of remarks like, ‘His ears are too big for the Tardis, they’ll be flapping about.’ People were starting to get really personal.”

“His ears are too big for the TARDIS?” Two words: Christopher. Eccleston. Obviously Tovey didn’t get the role, which he’s actually a bit relieved over, saying “It would have terrified me. I don’t know what I would have done with all the attention.”

How about you? Would you have liked to see Tovey as the Doctor? I liked him in Being Human and The History Boys, so you’d hear no complains from me, but if I were going to replace Matt Smith with a Being Human vet it’d have to be Lenora Crichlow, who played Annie. She had the chipper-but-also-emotionally-tormented thing down pat. Actually, I am going to send vibes out into the universe for her to be Twelve. Can’t hurt to dream, can it?

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  • http://twitter.com/Proi_RS Robin S

    I think Lenora would make a fabulous companion, which is actually rather more plausible than her being the Doctor. I also love Russell Tovey to bits, but his turn as Midshipman Frame was a bit too memorable. It’d make him then being the Doctor a bit odd.

  • http://twitter.com/Chris_DFS Chris Howard

    Cough – Casting Couch – Cough.

  • Travis Fischer

    I’m not sure about Tovey, but now that it’s been brought up I’d like to see Aidan Turner take on the role.

    Or… any role really. I have a huge man-crush on Aidan Turner.

  • http://twitter.com/meliciousness Melynda

    Tovey’s fine in moderation. I don’t know if I would’ve been able to endure him as the Doctor. His squeakiness gets old after awhile. I did love him as George though.

  • Anonymous

    ALLONS-Y ALLONSO!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget his stellar turn on Sherlock in Hounds of Baskerville.

    Let’s not forget that more than a few folks have had small roles on Who and come back for major ones, most notable Colin Baker himself.

    The thing that’s interesting it that pretty much ANY actor would make a good Doctor, providing they’re sufficiently affable. They’ll just be THEIR version of The Doctor. Tovey could well have made a good Doctor, just one unlike what we’ve seen before.

    I look forward to the next round of “how about a woman?” rumors when it finally comes time for the old order to changeth.

  • Anonymous

    Tovey is an excellant actor, but i have never seen him as a intelligent, strong male lead. That sounds horrible, but it’s just not his personality. You got to have a big personality and presence to play the doctor – and I feel like Tovey is too sweet and quiet

  • http://twitter.com/SayWhatSugar Iris

    I’m absolutely for Lenora as Twelve. She would rock it.

  • Anonymous

    Well, it’s *feasible*. After all, when a Time Lord regenerates without the pressure of ‘oh, heck, I’m dying’ they can choose their own appearance.

    This is why Romana (over Doc’s objections, initially) adopted the appearance of Princess Astra, who they’d already met. (Thus explaining why Lalla Ward, who’d played Astra, was now playing Romana’s regenerated self.) And in one of the novels, this was actually a plot point as one Time Lord used two regenerations to frame another for murder (deliberately burning a regeneration to adopt the appearance of the one he was framing, then burning a second regeneration to return to his original appearance afterwards).

    The problem is more that I don’t ever see Doc regenerating in anything but an ‘oh, heck, I’m dying’ situation, which leads to uncontrolled regeneration (and thus unpredictable results).

  • http://twitter.com/Proi_RS Robin S

    Well, yes, by universe mechanics it’s entirely possible. But from a practical, network standpoint it’s very unlikely that it would ever happen, especially regenerating into a young woman.