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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Next Doctor: Candidate Number Ten...

Suggested by Leslie.

Candidate Number Ten: Hermione Norris

Leslie explains her choice: "For whatever reason while trying to get through Outcasts the visual of her popping out of the TARDIS - in the middle of an emptied devastated London, of course - wearing some type of big collared longcoat, to face down an unknown menace became stuck in my brain.

"Anyway, between Spooks and Kingdom, Ms. Norris has shown she has the range to be the Doctor (plus I honestly think she could, if needed, pull off being the coldest/scariest/most alien Doctor ever seen).

With an acting portfolio that ranges from Cold Feet to Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, the 46-year-old certainly has the necessary skills for the role.


EDITORIAL COMMENT: I am including Leslie's choice in the interest of fairness (and I did invite input from readers) and the fact that she makes a very good case (see below). 

However, I have said elsewhere that I don't think The Doctor should ever regenerate into a woman, For one thing it would completely disrupt the dynamic of the show. As much as Steven Moffat might tease this as a possibility I can't see he - or his BBC paymasters - would ever allow this to come about because his core, target audience is the army of little boys who, on the Monday after an episode has aired, are running around their school playground playing The Doctor versus the cybermen (or the daleks or whatever the alien-of-the-week happened to be). 

Sure in these enlightened times an increasing number of girls are getting "into" Doctor Who - but I'm sure (from my sexist point of view) this is in no small part due to the innate charms of David Tennant and Matt Smith. 

On the other hand, I'd love to see the introduction of a Time Lady to the regular cast and even a spin-off show featuring a Time Lady (there being no active spin-off shows from the series at present anyway)... but she just wouldn't be The Doctor..

You couldn't have a woman playing James Bond or Batman - but there's always Emma Peel and Batwoman/Batgirl - or a man playing Catwoman or  Mary Poppins (who I also suspect was probably a Time Lady)

4 comments:


  1. I thought that the Doctor had already regenrated into a woman, or am I completely mistaken about Matt Smith?

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  2. ZING^^^^^

    Yeah my oldest girl has a complete crush on David Tennant,he's what attracted here to the show, she is however very "meh" when it comes to Matt Smith and is ready to see who's next, I have been sharing your post with here...she is digging it.

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    1. Well, if she has any suggestions as to who she thinks could fill the role next I'm keeping the list of candidates open for a few more days (at least).

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  3. I completely agree with Leslie's choice. I think Hermione Norris would make an excellent new Doctor. I must (respectfully) disagree with the commentator; a female can and should play a Time Lord. I believe that Hermione Norris would be an excellent choice because she could return the character to embrace some of the refinements of earlier versions (Pertwee and T. Baker for example.) She could be cool, shrewd and sophisticated, and perhaps dial back on the the clowning.

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