Doctor Who: Russell Tovey, Stephen Mangan and Neil Gaiman talk the Twelfth Doctor

News Den Of Geek 6 Jun 2013 - 09:00

Russell Tovey and Stephen Mangan have been teasing Twitter about the Twelfth Doctor, while Neil Gaiman says some sensible words on Tumblr…

Almost as soon as the news of Matt Smith’s departure from Doctor Who arrived, the celebrity teasing began. An early player was Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Dirk Gently, Green Wing) who swiftly posted a photo of himself wearing a Tom Baker-alike scarf with the message “Who are you?”, then “Can’t wait to start work as the new Doctor on Thursday”, immediately followed by “Seriously – I’m not the new Doctor Who. I don’t know where these rumours start”.

Russell Tovey, whose Doctor Who and Sherlock appearances put him near the top of many people’s lists for the Twelfth Doctor casting, joined the fun on Sunday with “Sad to hear of Matt Smith's doctor departure, he truly is a superb actor and made the Doc proper.. Who's next tho eh? Who's next.. Hmmm x”. Four days later, Tovey posted a Knock Knock/Doctor Doctor gag mash-up (it’s how all the cool kids are announcing stuff these days) to confirm he wasn’t going to be the next in the TARDIS:

“Doctor doctor?

Who's there?

Russell Tovey?

Russell Tovey, Isn't he gonna be the new twelfth Doctor Who?

No x :-)”

Others, such as Fresh Meat and Dreams of a Life’s Zawe Ashton (who went with the humble but sadly dysfunctional hashtag #Who?Me?) have been flattered by fan suggestions online. Others, including one (correction) quarter of McFly, have taken a more jokey 'the campaign starts here' approach on social networks.

The online voice of reason however, has come from geek godfather Neil Gaiman, who posted a sage Tumblr entry about the importance of casting a relative unknown as the next Doctor:

“I want to be taken by surprise. I want to squint at a photo of the person online and go “but how can that be The Doctor? Then I want to be amazingly, delightedly, completely proven wrong, and, six episodes in, I want to wonder how I could have been so blind. Because this is the Doctor. Of course it is.”

Read Neil Gaiman’s full Tumblr post on the casting, here.

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