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Domhnall Gleeson & Dominic Cooper Respond To Their Doctor Who Casting Rumors

It’s pretty quiet on the Doctor Who front at the moment. Speculation is running rampant as to who might play the 12th Doctor but so far, the BBC is keeping mum. But that doesn’t mean the actors named in said rumors have to. 

While we’ve been having a bit of fun talking about what an amazing Doctor Dame Helen Mirren would be, a few names have slipped through the cracks. None have been from official sources, mind you, so we didn’t take any of them very seriously but since two familiar genre actors (plus Skyfall’s Rory Kinnear) were named we were interested to see what they had to say about it.

First up is Harry Potter’s Domhnall Gleeson, soon to be seen in About Time with Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams. He told RTÉ TEN his reaction upon first hearing the news:

“There’s nothing to [it]. I heard about it from my agent [who] sent me a website, [and was] laughing about the fact that people were saying that I was being talked about. I was like, ‘That’s lovely: my own agent is laughing at the idea!’.”

He continued, “It’s a great series; Matt Smith’s a fantastic actor. David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston – all the guys are amazing. So it was a lovely thought, but it’s not true.”

Shucks. I actually could have gotten behind that casting.

Captain America: The First Avenger’s Dominic Cooper was also surprised to hear he’d been named by unnamed sources. “I’ve heard absolutely nothing of this!” he told the Express. “It’s nice to be thought about though, wherever it came from. It’s a very nice acknowledgement. Whoever does take it on has a very very hard job. Matt has done such a wonderful, wonderful job with the intriguing, interesting and brave choices he made with him. They’re huge shoes to fill.”

Meanwhile, Cooper isn’t quite sure what to say about his role in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

“I never know what to say about this. But I have definitely put the costume on. I have worn the costume and we have shot something, but how it’s going to enter into the next phase of what they are planning I don’t know,” he told UK TV show This Morning. “I can’t even work out how my character [Howard Stark] can be in it; wouldn’t I be dead? But anything is possible.”

(via Doctor Who TV, RTÉ TEN)

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  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it be lovely if the new regenerated Doctor checked his hair and it was actually ginger!?!

  • Alaina Kraus

    That was my first thought when I saw Domhnall Gleeson listed!

  • Anonymous

    *chants* Ginger! Ginger! Ginger!

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Golly, is there anyone who hasn’t been suggested for the role?

  • Art Wellden

    I think there should be a bunch more female casting rumours myself…lets think…Anna Torv maybe? id like to see my fave Fringe lady back at some sci-fi or if we want that look of a tad crazy yet good old brit humour maybe go more the way of Sally Hawkins…

    ok yeah i suppose i may as well wish for Tilda Swinton while im at it…but i truly would think it about time with all the Helen Mirren talk that we hear some talk -if not now then future talk- of a Female Doctor…thats assuming Mirren would not be a real option for the powers that be.

    At best i can hope my bad attempt at some personal actress casting ideas here may be enough to tease others to give their lady Doctor preferences…anyone?

  • bodhi

    The new Doctor is probably going to be as obscure to us as Matt Smith was. It’s better that way… we don’t already have an image of who they are. I don’t want a total rookie or anything, but at least someone who isn’t already defined in the eyes of the public by a prior role.

  • bodhi

    No problem with a female doctor technically, but then he is married. We’d have a female lesbian Doctor (and that’s okay, but it’d be strange). =)

  • Anonymous

    The new Doctor is probably going
    to be as obscure to us as Matt Smith was. It’s better that way… we
    don’t already have an image of who they are. I don’t want a total rookie
    or anything, but at least someone who isn’t already defined in the eyes
    of the public by a prior role.

  • Foxfire

    So it’s not strange to marry an alien as long as he looks like a man?

    But marrying a woman is weird?

  • bodhi

    Weirder. There’s probably other things in the Doctor’s storyline that might conflict with him not being male. Just seems like an unnecessary change that would make things needlessly confusing. I’m all for promoting equality and coming down hard on sexists and racists and stuff, but just because the Doctor has always been a male doesn’t itself give good reason to change the Doctor to a female. If there was a really good reason why within the show itself (instead of just a desire by some viewers)… then maybe.

  • bodhi

    Heh funny. No problem from me, that’s for sure. I’m all for LGBT, even pro-LGBT marriage. I’m only concerned for the confusion level. The show is already crazy enough and hard to understand (esp. for Americans I think), and after The Name of the Doctor… I think it’s ill-conceived to make the Doctor female just because some people would like it. The show isn’t sexist in the first place, or racist, or anything else. It’s not a necessity and it’s probably a bad idea. Whatever they do is fine with me though. =)

  • Art Wellden

    I admit it may be a bit of a jump and i have said in discussion with friends that it may be smarter to go the way of age or race change first if such changes are to be made at all on the race scale.
    but as for it being something considered as a bit over the top, confusing…or just a desire by some viewers. Id like to state that my interest in seeing a female Doctor is not simply for shits and giggles at how much fun fanboy/girl rumour stuff can be thrown into the blender of and already sometimes messy concoction.
    Its out of interest of what the Doctor is, the fact that the Doctor is meant to be an alien with a different understanding to things e.g: genders and cultures, due to the way he/it regenerates and lives in time everlasting and id like to point out that Im not great on my memory with this but Im sure the Doctor has hinted at him being possible to be a women or even a different looking (not human looking) creature and on a romantic relations level he has hinted at being pretty much Bisexual with his (if any) romantic interests.

  • Anonymous

    Out of curiosity, what’s the turnaround time between an actor saying he’s leaving and the announcement of a new Doctor? I remember Eccleston saying he was leaving and I remember the furor when Tennant announced he was bowing out, but I don’t remember how long we were kept in the dark about their replacements.

  • Benjamin Meis

    “And now I’m ginger…score!” – The Doctor :)

  • Anonymous

    Dominic (sigh).

  • Aaron Victor Steimle

    If you really want to mess with people’s minds, cast Alex Kingston as the next Doctor.