Odds On Who (update)

And on and on and on...there you go!


The last week or so has seen odds on Paterson Joseph fall dramatically, with many bookmakers no longer accepting bets on the actor! As of today, Betfair are only offering 7/17! Both Den of Geek and Comic Book Resources suspect that he will soon be named. As reported earlier, the actor won't be drawn on his prospects, telling BBC News: "I'm afraid I can't make any comment on it. I'm not a gambler. And I don't approve of gambling unless it's for the Grand National."


Earlier in the month Colin Salmon (seen as Dr Moon in The Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead) was also being considered by the media; Wired suggested that he would be announced on Children in Need, though in the end the only comment on potential casting was made by presenter Terry Wogan on David Morrissey's appearance in the Christmas Special preview. (Further Colin Salmon coverage from Now Magazine, What's on TV, Flick Filosopher and One India).


Michael Deacon from the Telegraph wasn't too keen on Paterson Joseph or David Morrissey as the Doctor, citing Rhys Ifans as his favourite for the role: "He can do funny. He can do charisma. He has a sense of danger about him. He looks good enough to appeal to kids and mums, and he's a serious enough actor to appeal to longstanding Whovians."


The Mirror reports on Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones, explaining why the role doesn't appeal: "I haven't been asked to take over in Doctor Who. I took over from someone in Spooks, and I was never quite comfortable with that... so I wouldn't like to take over something else. I'd like to stick with original things."


The Stage is running an occasional look at who could take on the role of the Doctor, and have so far covered Serenity and Inside Man actor Chiwetal Ejiofor,and Benedict Cumberbatch, seen recently playing Stephen Hawking in BBC's Hawking and Stephen Ezard in The Last Enemy. Writer Liz Thomas also considers women in the role.


The Coventry Telegraph has offered up two more choices for the Doctor, picked up from the Birmingham Memorabilia that took place last weekend. Warwick Davis (most recently seen as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter films) mentioned that he was interested in the role: "I had a great idea: Doctor Who is going to change, regenerate, but something goes a bit wrong. For just a couple of episodes it would be me as the Doctor, they go in the Tardis and inside it's not vast, it's tiny and they all bang their heads!" Meanwhile, former Davros performer Terry Molloy has a different suggestion: "My idea of the new Doctor is Liz Smith, who plays the grandmother ('Nana') in the comedy The Royle Family. I think we ought to have a really old, crabby woman. She'd be great. Like William Hartnell but female. She'd soon send the Daleks packing."


Other names bandied about in the media include James Frain (Herts and Essex Observer), Robert Pattinson (Chicago Tribune), Dexter Fletcher (Times), and Big Brother winner Pete Bennett (Daily Star). Further articles on casting from Digital Spy, RTD comments from Evening Post, John Simm doesn't want to be the Doctor from The Times, and no decision to be made until next year from tv.com.

ODDS ON WHO MIGHT BE THE NEXT DOCTOR, FROM BETFAIR (26th Nov 2008):

7/17 Patterson Joseph

9/1 Robert Carlyle

19/2 David Morrisey

21/2 Rhys Ifans

11/1 Anthony Head

15/1 Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Nesbitt

24/1 Colin Salmon

29/1 Sean Pertwee, Russell Tovey

31/1 Richard Coyle, Richard E Grant

39/1 Jennifer Saunders, Catherine Tate, John Simm

49/1 Billie Piper

59/1 Alan Davies, Jack Davenport, Stephen Fry

64/1 James Mcavoy

99/1 Aidan Gillen, Paul McGann, Ben Wishaw, Bill Nighy, Harry Lloyd, Jason Statham, John Barrowman, Dexter Fletcher, Julian Walsh, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Tom Ellis, Nigel Harman, Daniel Radcliffe


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Nov 29, 2008 9:24PM EST

Welcome. Btw: Patterson Joseph, the best rated actor to win the role is black, too.Anyway... my guess is the second rated robert carlisle. if they look at him and feel about his appearance like I do, they have got to make him the new doctor...it just feels right. He looks like the legitimate son of eccleston and tenant, with a slight sparkle of billie piper... (blarg) but...hey

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Nov 30, 2008 11:13AM EST

billie piper is on the list? does anyone honestly believe that she might be the next doctor? same with catherine tate and john simm. they're obviously not going to pick someone who's already been on the show as another major character. and i highly doubt they'll pick a woman. it would open a can of worms that bbc would be wise to avoid...

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Nov 30, 2008 1:52PM EST

I'd almost like to see Anthony Head take the role, but I don't think they'd go for him because of the teen viewership (and I can't imagine him doing hyper). They're more likely to go for someone like Robert Carlyle or Russell Tovey.
allibweav: I agree. A reincarnation as Billie Piper just wouldn't make any sense on any level.
They should have someone with ginger hair take over.

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Dec 1, 2008 5:09PM EST

isn't anyone here into rhys ifans? I'd like to see him navigating the tardis or use the sonic screwdriver...I'd like to see anthony head as well, but as long as he's not killed in the next episode , he's regularly starring as Uther Pendragon in Merlin.But, wait...maybe he is written off the series because they make him the new doctor...mhhh...suspicious

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Dec 3, 2008 1:53AM EST

I don't think I've seen anything with Ifans so I can only judge by the google images search. Hair's too spiky, so there. :P
Huh, Merlin. I remember hearing something about it before; I should check that show out after I finish rewatching all the old Doctor Who episodes.

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Dec 6, 2008 6:00AM EST

Okay, I'm sorry but I have to say this.It will not be a female doctor. It goes against the grain, and like mentioned somewhere before, it would open a can of worms that the BBC would be wise to avoid. So that rules out:39/1 Jennifer Saunders, Catherine Tate49/1 Billie Piper
Next, they wont put in people that have already played a character in any of the series. So that rules out:
11/1 Anthony Head
24/1 Colin Salmon
39/1 Catherine Tate, John Simm
49/1 Billie Piper
99/1 John Barrowman,
Next the completely stupid suggestions, not that I don't like the actors or hold anything against them, they have just been pigeon hold in a different role and it wouldn't work to have them as the Doctor.
Anthony Head, Richard E Grant, Jennifer Saunders, Jack Davenport, Stephen Fry, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Radcliffe, and Robert Pattinsen.

Now I know that rules out alot of people from that list, but be realistic. Majority of the people only seem to be there to be red-herrings.
I like some of the more reasonable choices such as Robert Carlyle and Rhys Ifans.
I just look forward to seeing more, and how the series will go without RTD.

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Dec 7, 2008 3:40PM EST

David Morrissey appears in the CHILDREN IN NEED three minute clip of the episode THE NEXT DOCTOR as, well, The Doctor. Hmm. So, if it isn't him, they must be planning to show numerous other doctors besides Morrissey.

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May 3, 2016 12:54PM EDT

Very general SPOILER for THE NEXT DOCTOR
But the summary at IMDB states:Plot:The Doctor arrives in London on Chrimas Eve in 1851 where he encounters the Cybermen and a man who claims he's a Time lord called the Doctor.
I'm zeroing in on the word "claims". Perhaps Morrissey's alternate universe Doctor and Tennant dies without regenerating leaving Morrissey to carry on...but that's just too convoluted even for the writers.
Can't wait to see the episode.

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May 3, 2016 12:54PM EDT

Well, it would be giving out a huge spoiler if they said he WAS the Doctor.

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Dec 7, 2008 10:38PM EST

According to Morrissey, he was not asked to return as the eleventh Doctor after the filming of the episode but he would be glad to do so. I don't have the ref link right now - as I've searched all over the entire web about this but I'm sure I could find it if I needed to.

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Dec 9, 2008 6:39AM EST

What about that David Tennant guy ah?... i saw him in hamlet and thought he'd be great as Docotor Who.

I;m still in Denial.

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Dec 24, 2008 3:16AM EST

I think Morrissey will just be the version of The Doctor that comes from the same alternate universe as the cybermen. The Next Doctor won't be Tennant's last episode, and as theDOCTOR said Morrissey says he's not been asked to return, I doubt they'd plan on having Morrissey's Doctor as a regular character without asking him first.
Although the title "The Next Doctor" is a bit of an odd choice if he's not really going to be the next Doctor. Maybe there's some other reason behind it, we'll have to wait and see. Maybe the "next" Doctor isn't referring to Morrissey's Doctor at all, and it's something to do with David Tennant's regeneration at the end of 2009.

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Dec 25, 2008 3:07PM EST

It's not going to be Robert Carlisle from what I hear he's heading up the new Stargate Universe. So there's one off the list. I personally think that they are going to go with some nobody expects Stephan Baldwin ;) LOL, or maybe Tom Cruse, or maybe they're back in time and get Christopher Eccleston back. Truth be told Who cares, they're pick who gonna pick. No puns intended they they just kinda came that way. Be interesting to see an American Dr. Who though. Just throwing that out there, they could make jokes about it or something.

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