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Wil Wheaton Seems to Know Who the 12th Doctor Will Be


It’s been less than a week since Matt Smith officially announced his departure from Doctor Who and the speculation is already in full force.  But while websites place odds on various actors and actresses, from Zawe Ashton to Russell Tovey, the identity of the actor truly chosen appears to have made it’s way to Wil Wheaton.  On top of that, we may find out who it is ourselves earlier than expected.

It appears that Wil Wheaton may have heard the news from a Doctor Who related source, writing on his tumblr yesterday:

“Am I the only person who knows who has been cast as the next Doctor, and who has known this was coming for several weeks? I figured that if it filtered down to me, it must be common knowledge among people who matter.

…now I feel kind of special. Yay me.”

Wheaton does have Doctor Who friends, (Barrowman!) and this was in direct response to the news circulating that Chiwetel Ejiofor has 7/1 odds of being the favorite for the role of the 12th Doctor. Ejiofor, when asked about the role of the Doctor in 2011, responded that with interest.

Yes, of course. It’s always good to be asked to come back to London and do great stuff not only in television but in theatre and film too.”

Of course, we still have some time to go before we discover who the new Doctor is, and we have a 50th Anniversary Special and Christmas Special to look forward to with Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.  Still, it’s hard not to speculate about the next Doctor, and if this information lines up, we could be looking forward to the first black Doctor, an interesting and new prospect given the show’s 50 year history and the recent discussion of representation in Doctor Who, by our own readers as well as by the BBC itself.

Additionally, the Radio Times recently discussed how we could find out who the 12th Doctor is sooner than the Christmas Special, given that, as a source at BBC told the site, it would be very difficult, if not impossible to ensure that no one discovered the identity of the newest Doctor during the filming of the Christmas Special.

Given the excitement, Wheaton could just be reating to the speculation in general, but his response to the news of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s odds specifically is telling.  I personally would be excited to see Ejiofor play the Doctor, and if this news is true, I’m very exited to see all the places, times, and plots that could be explored with the new Doctor.

(via RadioTimesMailOnlineWilWheaton dot Tumblr)

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  • Anonymous

    Jaime Murray for the 12th Doctor!

  • Gordon Borland

    Amara Karan for the 12th Doctor !

  • Anonymous

    Yes please thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerry.timony Kerry Dolan Timony

    You know who would make a good 12th Doctor? Richard Madden, seeing as HE’S NOT DOING ANYTHING ANYMORE!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/captainsharmie sharmylae

    ayoade for 12!

  • Anonymous

    Oh please, please, please let it be Chiwetel…

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    I have a list of my 5 favorite picks here they are

    1) Idris Elba
    2) Helen Mirren
    3) Alan Cumming
    4) Sammy Sheik
    5) Eddie Izzard

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    This is interesting, but other actors have higher odds. If the odds even mean anything. http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/06/doctor-who-could-matt-smiths-replacement-be-ben-daniels-david-harewood-or-rory-kinnear.html

    Personally I’m quite certain the role was cast ages ago, and that we’ll know very soon.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    My #1 would be Alexander Siddig, but I’ll take the bookmakers’ favorite Ben Daniels. Or Elba, or Ejiofor, or Dame Helen, though I’d rather wait till Moffat is off the scene for that one.

  • Eva Catherine Harding

    I doubt its going to be anyone famous. Tennant and Smith weren’t really big names before dw

  • Anonymous

    Funnily enough he starred with Christopher Eccleston in the crime show The Shadow Line.

  • Anonymous

    Alan Rickman for the 12th Doctor (or Hugh Laurie)

  • CompassRing

    Chiwetel Ejifor would be so great but I don’t think I’ve seen him happy in anything, so it’s hard to judge. I adore Rory Kinnear too.

  • Anonymous

    I have been trying to avoid any sort of spoiler about this weeks GOT…. then I read this. thanks :(

  • Anonymous

    The Operative looked to be enjoying his time kicking Mal’s ass up and down the ‘Verse. ‘Til the end, of course.

  • http://www.jessicasadoway.com/ Jessica Sadoway

    :(

  • CompassRing

    True.

  • Katy

    Interesting idea, but not with Jenna Louis Coleman as the companion. It would be weird. Just my thoughts though.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… I haven’t seen him in too many things (and one of them was 2012, which isn’t exactly a plus), but I think he might work. But I’d be surprised if they’ve already cast the role.

  • Anonymous

    LOL.

    Too young and pretty, by the way.

  • Katy

    Ben Daniels would be good, but I like the idea of a POC or woman as the Doctor, it would allow the writer’s to explore History as someone on the outside of “regular” society. Laura Helmuth from Slate wrote a really good article about this. She focused on the woman aspect more than the POC. Unfortunately, I don’t think Moffat can write to this level of challenge, so it may be best to wait until there is a new showrunner before introducing a more complex Doctor.

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

    I think Chiwetel Ejiofor would make a fabulous Doctor. He has very kind eyes, but (as proven by Serenity) he can be downright ruthless and a warrior. It would be really interesting to see what flavour of Doc his Twelve would be.

    My preference is still with Alexander Siddig, but if Ejiofor was the next Doc, I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed.

  • Anonymous

    I hadn’t thought of her, but she would be a really good choice.

    There’d probably be pressure to dress her sexy, though, and while I’m all right with Murray dressing sexily, I’m not in favor of the Doctor dressing sexily.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I was looking for. I can sort of see him as the Doctor, but the fact that he always looks like he’s remembering his dog that got run over when he was 12 kind of doesn’t work.

  • Anonymous

    If he could channel a little of his uncle’s off-kilterness, I could see Siddig.

    Apparently the guy who played Q in Skyfall is also in the running among the betting crowd. I could see him as the Doctor, but I think he’s probably too close to looking like Matt Smith to get the role.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    My thoughts exactly.

  • Anonymous

    Doctor Bashir for the Doctor. I like that.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    please please please can we have a Doctor who looks older than 25 please

  • Anonymous

    I’ve alrerady theorized that the new Doctor has already been selected. Certainly it’s been known by the BBC that Matt would be leaving well before this. I’m sure that like Tennant’s final episodes, the anniversary and Christmas episodes will be a single tale designed to bid Eleven fare-thee-well.

    The Christmas episode will be filming in a few weeks, I expect, and so too (presumably) the regeneration sequence. Once that’s done, there’ll be no keeping it a secret, so they pretty much have to make the announcement before that.

    I just hope that the talk (and ranting, of course) about the next Doctor won’t in some way overshadow Matt’s departure.

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

    I find myself really wondering how Matt’s hair is going to factor in (of all the silly things to wonder about.) He shaved his head recently for a movie role.

    The UK bookmakers should take bets on whether they’ll write that in or he’ll be wearing a wig.

  • N J Mix

    If Ejiofor is the next Doctor (which would be really cool), I would so love to see any reference to Kinky Boots thrown in somewhere.

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    until John Hurt showed up… there was kinda of unwritten law that as the doctor regen they got younger… as a point they were running out of regens but with John Hurt being older than the 8th and 9th it throws that out of the window.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani
  • http://twitter.com/thatfilmgirl Nat

    Well there is a theory that John Hurt is in fact that *real* 9th doctor who put everyone in the Time Lock and that 11 is actually 12 and so on.

  • http://twitter.com/thatfilmgirl Nat

    But he looks so depressed all the time :(
    But addressing the ‘cast already’, I thought it was already mentioned before this past season that Matt would be leaving in the near future anyway? It was all over tumblr then suddenly speculation stopped. I don’t understand how this was such a big shock to everyone?

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    Aww crap… It’s Sheehan, isn’t it?

  • Jessica Claire

    If this happened I would die the happiest person in the world.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    ‘unwritten law?’ On average, perhaps, but not individually. The youngest Doctor prior to Matt Smith was #5 Peter Davison at 29. The trend to get consistently younger is new – 9, 10, 11 – and it needs to stop now.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    I’m sure the new Doctor has already been selected and signed. No way they would want to be doing that with all this rampant speculation in the air.

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    right that is my thoughts when “11″ went into his own time stream, he broke the time lock on the time war

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    agreed it is more of the new doctor who that was wanting to add to lore because in the old lore there was said to be a limit to the number of regens a time lord could have. I think they wanted to show it a physical way. Still my hope is for a female doctor.

  • Katy

    I’m also hoping for an older Doctor (more like Tennant or older) so Moffat will stop writing companions who are infatuated with the Doctor.

  • Craig Forshaw

    Didn’t anyone watch ‘The Name of the Doctor’? It would likely be the worst time for a black or female Doctor, given that the Great Intelligence insinuated the next regeneration would result in a very cruel, ill-thought-of Doctor. Now think about what that would say: Twelve incarnations of The Doctor, all white, all pretty heroic… and then the first black and / or female Doctor is suddenly a maniac?

    Also, isn’t it a bit prejudiced to suggest that a female, or black, Doctor is suddenly the most desireable person to be cast? Or is it that transgendered people, or Chinese-British people, or Asian-British people, or Polish people shouldn’t play The Doctor? That is the problem with positive racism/sexism – at its core, it is still largely prejudiced.

    (That said, Ejiofor would be amazing – because he is an absolutely amazing actor, not because his skin is darker than anyone elses. My preferences were always for another young Doctor (as they have seemed to be getting younger over the years, and for what could be the last Doctor, it would make sense to continue this trend and then start over), with either Robert Sheehan from ‘Misfits’, or Daniel Kaluuya from ‘The Fades’ and ‘Black Mirror’.)

  • Guest

    While I love Dame Helen, I think in many ways she’s not weird enough (even assuming it’s under someone apart from Moffat).

    I’d die for a Tilda Swinton incarnation, though…

  • Anonymous

    Assuming Chiwetel is the new Doctor…for those worried about his supposed “sad face” remember Eccleston and his perpetual grimace? Ejiofor will be alright, he’s an actor. This would be great casting. There are few actors on the planet with his skill, likeability, and sci-fi credentials. If you can do Amistad, Kinky Boots, Serenity, Redbelt, Twelfth Night, She Hate Me, Children of Men, American Gangster, and 2012, you have the range to pull of Doctor Who. I’m just wondering if he’s up for committing to it…

  • Helen

    Argh, that’s an awesome idea. I don’t particularly want a female Doctor, but if Tilda Swinton or Helen Mirren would do it, I’d be all for it.

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    oooo, really? Might now be Chiwtel! Come on Will hate it when people say they no stuff and we donn’t!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, with the way Dr. Who tends to go these days, I’m just too square to really love it.

  • http://the-nerdmuffin.tumblr.com/ Sara Goodwin

    See, I watch the show because I WANT to be infatuated with the Doctor … that is part of the allure and charm for me. He’s a fun, wacky, weird TV boyfriend. Tennant and Smith’s Doctors have ruined me for real men! I just want that Tardis to show up at MY place! If he’s played by an old guy or a woman … that would change what the show does for me emotionally to such a degree that it might not be something I enjoy any longer. And for me, TV is about story and story is about how characters affect me emotionally. It would be like if they killed off my favorite character on another one of my shows … without that character, I might not want to watch the show anymore.

  • Erin Treat

    The very first actor I thought of when I heard Matt Smith was leaving was Ejiofor! I would absolutely love him as the Doctor and he’s my number one pick.

  • Anonymous

    If they’re going to go with the next Doctor being kind of evil, then why not Toby Jones?

  • Katy

    I totally have a crush on both Tennant’s and Smith’s doctors, and some of the companions had huge crushes on the Doctor, like Martha, but they were still strong well rounded individuals. Clara said twice this season that she “does whatever the Doctor tells her to do.” There was nothing to her. As for weird TV boyfriends, I wouldn’t worry, even if they go for an older guy the suggestions are all pretty good looking, so I’m sure we’ll all fall in love with the 12th Doctor.

  • Katy

    Isn’t it written or said someone in the Doctor Whoverse that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times, so there can only be 13 versions of the Doctor? It may be unrelated, but if they want staying power for the show, they may hire someone who isn’t well known and more likely to commit to several seasons. Just a thought.

  • Brian

    The 12 regeneration limit was imposed by the Time Lords, and regenerations could be transferred between Time Lords, and additional ones granted. So it’ll be an easy fix.

  • OdinsEye

    Isn’t it canon that in an episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures the doctor said he had unlimited regenerations?

  • Thomas Hayes

    He would be perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/BluueDawn Nick P

    This would be a perfect choice, but i feel like his career is too hot to commit to it. I almost don’t want him as the doctor so that he can be in more movies. But change is definitely necessary, I still would like another show runner, but they need to cast an actor who isn’t another White Man, or I might give up for a bit.

  • Chief of Staff

    I’ve actually been giving this some thought and imagined what Nathan Fillion’s and Eddie Izzard’s audition would be like. Check it out if you like. http://forum.galacticwatercooler.com/showthread.php?16333-Why-I-Should-Be-The-Next-Doctor-post-Matt-Smith-(Or-nominate-someone-else)&p=434869#post434869

  • http://twitter.com/meliciousness Melynda

    Alexander Siddig, Idris Elba, or Chiwetel Ejiofor would all be spectacular as the Doctor. I’m pulling for Doctor Bashir, though.

  • James Alexander

    There has never even been a Doctor that young. Baker and Smith were the outliers at 28 and 29!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    I trust Moffat, he is talented he just hasn’t been very good a showrunning! He has written some of my fav stories of nu-who! I want Neil Cross to be the new showrunner all of his scripts so far have been brilliant!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    Yh thats right I’d like him to be given loads of regenerations by a fellow timelord, maybe even The Master!!! – WHO NEEDS TO COME BACK STEVEN MOFFAT!!

  • James Alexander

    Being stuck in a 30-40ish year old body did not stop Rose, Martha or Madame de Pompadour

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    me too!

  • James Alexander

    Better yet, the Master is already pasted the limit and there is no way BBC would end its flagship show because of continuity from the 1970s.

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    I don’t think he’ll be evil i think he’ll be good but bad things will happen and he’ll make bad decisions like John Hurt’s doctor I don’t think he’s evil I think he HAD to do terrible things!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    YES PLS!

  • James Alexander

    That has been the big factor for me that makes all the speculation seem so silly. I’m certain it will be a relative unknown.

  • Thomas Thomas

    Ok, so he knows. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s Chiwetel Ejiofor.

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    I dont think they’d make the announcement without the new doctor being chosen, then again it could just have been a leak!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    haha imagine if he was like ‘I’d carry on but if I can’t have my shaved head then I’ll have leave’ lol

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    I wouldn’t, they wouldn’t make the announcement then do it when all this was going on!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    Moffat is complex more complex than Russel T it’s just yo can’t really do episodes like Blink as the opener or finale so it’s hard to get the best out of him he should just be a writer with maybe Whithouse as the showrunner or Gattis!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    it certainly did not, I think they’ll still fancy him, anyway Moffats companions have fancied the dr less than Russels bar Donna!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    I think Clara’s more independent than Amy, she wouldn’t wait for the dr in fact the dr waits for her!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    My number 1 is Eddie Izzard, and I think he’d do it, he did just do a kids comedy!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    yh the 13th will be 8 lol if this carry’s on!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    I think he is and not Evil as such but he had ‘no choice’ ect..

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    I keep thinking this it probs wont be female cos Clara’s staying..

  • James Alexander

    Well River married him. But Amy and Clara, not so much.

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    but its nice for the dr to have a wife, not so much being a chick magnet!

  • Anonymous

    “an older Doctor (more like Tennant or older)”
    You have no idea how old hearing David Tennant referred to as “old” makes ME feel.

  • Katy

    I like that idea! I was so excited when Moffat took over the show because his episodes like Blink, Silence in the Library, and Forest of the Dead were brilliant. However, I’ve been disappointed with his role as showrunner.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    Smith was 26 when he got the part, 27 when shooting started. But it’s not the actual age of the actor that bothers me, it’s the appearance: Tennant was 35 but looked younger, Smith looks younger, and Whishaw would still get carded in bars in the US. I just re-watched S1 and really appreciated the gravitas and depth Eccleston brought to the role, something some of these young actors just don’t have yet.

  • Katy

    Haha. I’m sorry if that’s how you feel! It wasn’t my intention at all. I just meant older in that Smith is the youngest Doctor in the series and I like the idea of the Doctor being in his 30s or 40s. It’s as if the appearance of the character matches his maturity. What does River Song say… “when one’s in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a twelve year old”.

  • Katy

    I know that all of Russel’s companions were infatuated with the Doctor, but I felt that they had more personality and character growth. After all, Martha was a lovesick puppy while she was a companion, but she chose to leave the Doctor after realizing that he wasn’t good for her. Still Donna is my favourite companion. Tate and Tennant had so much chemistry. I saw them in Much Ado About Nothing and they were great as Beatrice and Benedict.

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    yh I really like Clara but she seems to be a plot tool rather than a character, great potential and actor tho! Amy was brilliant!

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    Same here maybe if we had nothing to compare him too and no previous stories we would of all loved it, who knows? I just feel like if Gattis had been the the showrunner and Moffat had 2 stories a series we’d have 2 amazing stories every series at least!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Well for the Master it was established that he was dead and buried but that the Timelords have the technology to bring people back to life fresh with 13 new regenerations.

    It can be worked around though I personally hope that BBC sees this as an excellent story opportunity and don’t just handwave it with ‘oh, he has infinite regenerations, didn’t I tell you?’

  • Yoshfiction

    I’d rather it be someone I don’t know yet.

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, I hadn’t even considered that yet. Yeah, I can see that. I would actually like him to be the Doctor. =)
    He was pretty good in Firefly.

  • Anonymous

    Screw The Master. Bring back The Rani.

  • Eva Catherine Harding

    I know, every time it’s unexpected. All the speculation does get rather tiresome

  • http://www.nedthekidsdylan.com/ HippyWhovian

    YES! We need a good timelady!

  • Yoshfiction

    Okay, I completely changed my mind now. I want Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Doctor =D

  • http://www.movies-suck.com/ Wastrel Way

    Yes, excellent. They can even add to the (only) joke:

    “Who’s that?”
    “It’s The Doctor!”
    (never said before!)

    “Doctor Who?”
    “I can’t pronounce it!”

  • Beccameriel

    Patterson Joseph would be rather wonderful as the Doctor although he has already been in a couple of episodes. You might be familiar with him as the Marquis de Carabas in the original BBC TV production.

  • Dark Doom

    He has the anger, the sense of right and wrong, and would never leave a child crying. He’s got my vote.

  • William R. Cousert

    Was he right?