Doctor Who: 12th Doctor rumour round-up

News Louisa Mellor 14 Jun 2013 - 08:00

Domhnall Gleeson, Dominic Cooper, Idris Elba and more have responded to their names being thrown into the 12th Doctor hat...

After the initial flurry of "Pick me, Nigel!" self-promotion and teasing from a few potential Twelfth Doctors (and er, a few with less potential), a handful of names has persisted.

There was Ben Daniels for a start, then Rory Kinnear, the latter announced as having been offered the role by last weekend's Telegraph. The Skyfall actor's agent, no doubt delighted with the publicity either way, has neglected to comment, unlike theatre director Fiona Laird who announced on Twitter last Sunday, "By the way, #doctorwho fans, I have it on the HIGHEST authority that Rory Kinnear's agent has not received one single call about it."

There was also a story narrowing the choice down to three fine actors: Domhnall Gleeson (ginger! It must be true!), Dominic Cooper, and Daniel Kaluuya. Two of the three have responded, with Gleeson (Black MirrorDreddHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) telling Ireland's RTÉ TEN "There’s nothing to [it]. I heard about it from my agent [who] sent me a website, 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!’. So, it’s not true and there’s nothing you can do about people just spouting a whole load of ***** on the internet!”

He's not wrong.

Earlier in the week, Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Captain America: The First AvengerSummer in February) told the Express he'd heard nothing about the role, adding "It's nice to be thought about though, wherever it came from". Cooper later admitted during an appearance on This Morning that he "would definitely consider" the role, "it would be very, very scary... But of course, it's an incredible show - you couldn't possibly not consider it".

Idris Elba's (LutherThe Wire) response when asked by the BBC's Newsbeat was less encouraging, joking "No I didn't think I'd be very good at Doctor Who man. I don't look good in a bow tie... And the clothes, ah man, I don't know."

In an Associated Press interview, Helen Mirren responded to the news that a bookie had her at 25/1 odds of being cast as the Twelfth Doctor with "Oh please, I would put much longer odds on it than that", before adding "I'm so sick of that man with his girl sidekick. I could name at least ten wonderful British actresses who would absolutely kill in that role"

Throughout, BBC spokespeople including Jenna-Louise Coleman and, according to Ed Stradling, Steven Moffat, have insisted that the search for the Twelfth Doctor has barely started.

Decoys, declines, and denials then, all of which leave us right back where we started...

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I hope it goes to an unknown. Most DW fans had no idea who Matt Smith was when he began.

Domhnall Gleeson would have been superb in the role, super actor.
However I'm holding out for another Irishman to be the Twelfth Doctor, the supremely talented Andrew Scott. Come on Moff, make it so.

Nor Tennant, in fairness.

Do I have to Andrew Scott this thread up too?

Seriously DoG, you will regret not championing him in advance when he gets the part!!!!

I was reading the story and thinking I bet there's already an Andrew Scott comment below and there it was.

I agree, with both comments. I trust Steven Moffatt will do the right thing, whoever it is I'm sure he'll be brilliant.

You know, I really like Gleeson for the role.

He's talented, a virtual unknown (a must!), has tv experience, plus he's ginger... The Doctor's realisation of which would make for a really great little post-regeneration scene at the end of the Christmas special.

Patrick Stewart, for a laugh ;) Can you imagine the mutliverse causality loop?

I was right behind you RichieC!

Elba's response seems fairly cagey to me, I have my doubt whether he'd commit to the role but I don't think he's out of the running quite yet...

Something something Robert Carlyle, something something dark side.

It can only be Richard Ayoade, who else could make their own sonic screwdriver, drink some milk and be ready to kick some flipping alien butt

Tossed up between Who & Bond he would go for Bond I think!

13th, not 12th. John Hurt pushed the count up by one.

he's one ive wanted for ages as well as sir ian mckellen

I know it won't happen, but if there was any 'Gleeson' I'd love to see in the role it would be Brendan Gleeson!

Maybe not. Let's wait and see what happens at the end of the year before we go and renumber the Doctors, shall we? Because I can really see a Moffat style "he's the ninth Doctor, but not really, haha fooled you" rug-pull coming on.

He is Rumple - I can't watch OUAT without him!

Acting doesn't matter. Just as long as he is gay and has a big UNIT

No, 12th. The Twelfth person to star as the Doctor in Doctor Who. That's all that matters.

It's the sensible choice!!!

Come on, people. We all know it's going to be David Tennant. It's what the fans want, right?

Or Tom Baker, he was an unknown when he was cast.

Richard Madden, he's free (for now) and his girlfriend could get him an interview for the part with a little word in the producers ears. And he's still not that well known or too big for the role.

True, true. I posted my desire for him to be the Doctor on a similar thread a few weeks ago and someone kindly pointed me in the direction of OUAT, halfway through the first series now and he's the best part of it! I'm sure he can do both... Being the Doctor is a notoriously easy and relaxed job, right?

I found him strange as Moriarty. Haven't seen him in anything else.

The role of Bond is filled for years to come.

Hasn't he said more than once he doesn't want the role though?

I like Cooper myself. Very much. As long as there is no romance. It isn't needed.

No. We cannot let nepotism dictate the role here. Besides he was soooo boring.

I believe he was originally up for the 11th.

For one, I would love it to come back round to being Rory
Kinnear. He ticks lots of boxes from what I can see. Additionally I think his management is playing a very smart “no comment” card right now.

For now however, it looks like we are left with some completely bonkers suggestions and the reality is that the BBC will take the approach that Neil Gaiman has suggested.

So for me, I thinks it’s going to be Bruce Willis

I agree, Bond or otherwise I think his sights are set on the film world at the moment. But his comments suggest to me that he may very well have been sounded out about the role. (And if he were to surprise me and take it on, I would be delighted.)

Tommy Cooper?

No need, they've already picked Brian Blessed as the 12th Doctor!

But I like your thinking, lets get Andrew in as the 13th.

I am against a female Doctor personally, but if they were going to, really, the only actress (or actor, as you're meant to call them, for fear of accusation of being racist) I can imagine as being vaguely Doctor-y is Sue Perkins. I don't know why so many people are against her!

I immediately change my answer for "Most Wanted Doctor From The Past" from Gorbachev to Tommy Cooper.

Yes, I know he's not dead.

Recasting an actor as the Doctor? Not going to happen. Mind you, I'll be glad to eat my words come December, but it is just not going to happen.

He is going to be the most amazing Doctor ever. To add, I think Steven Moffat must be in awe of him after he aced that Moriarty role. :D *tears*

Fezzes are cool!

Brian Blessed would've made a great Doctor 30 years ago. Shouting his way across the galaxies. TV speakers across the country would've all blown simultaneously.


Hell yeah, he would've owned the part.

I know, but there's been a good few polls conducted and the results are David Tennant as Doctor number twelve. Of course it's not going to happen, it's a terrible idea and it just proves that most fans have no idea about what goes into making good television.

Lies. He was a soldier on the beach in Saving Private Ryan.

Andrew scottnwould be positively brilliant. I'm obsessed with him as Moriarty and I think he's just wacky enough to perfectly pull off the doctor. He's got my vote!!!

Did his character get a name?

Yes indeed - 'soldier on the beach' was the name!

Check out My Life In Film, it's mostly on Youtube.

I think it's to his advantage that he's not done that much tv/film work, he's mostly worked in the theater.

Yeah, because before Matt Smith was revealed as 11th, he was one of two or three actors on the short list, so it really came as no surprise.

Or wait, am I remembering that completely wrong, and I had NEVER HEARD of him before?! Same thing with David Tennant, though I do believe that was kinda sprung on us.

What I'm saying is that I'd be very surprised if ANY name on ANY of these lists actually becomes the 12th Doctor. I just don't think it works like that.

I don't care who it as, as long as they're male. A female Doctor WOULD NOT WORK. I don't care what anyone else thinks, it just wouldn't...

Yeah, that's a little too generic for a name, even for a description. I kinda prefer "M.I. Trooper," myself ... :)

Anyway, as I was saying, I thought he made a very risky acting choice as Moriarty. I found it a bit off-putting.

And I can understand that.

I think the way he portrayed the character was never going to emote a moderate reaction in people, you'll either love it or hate it. Fortunately I think most people did like it, he won a BAFTA for it after all.

Helen, shut up.

Oh, it wasn't bad "strange." I liked it, loved the shows. Bold choice on his part.

Why does everyone want Andrew Scott? I like Dominic Cooper, personally. Or Ben Whishaw would be nice, though I haven't heard any rumours. (Obviously, every geeky girl's dream is that 12 would be played by Tom Hiddleston)

Andrew Scott would be a better Master than Doctor

Reanimate William Hartnell!!

Am I the only one who thought Dominic Cooper was awful in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? (And yes, I know, the film itself was bad too...)

I agree with ya Lotti.

The TENTH Doctor just won an Emmy Award!

David Tennant -- Outstanding performance in an animated program for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Given that Matt Smith's leaving to appear in his directorial debut, and he's a big fan, my little hope is that the next doctor will be Ryan Gosling.

Y'know, not for long- two minutes tops. Just long enough to regenerate, look handsome, make everyone watching cry tears of joy, and then get killed again and turn into Rory Kinnear/ Domhall Gleeson/ Sue Perkins/ Ken Stott.

Would love to see Alexander Siddig, formerly Dr. Bashir in Star Trek: DS9, as the new Doctor.

Come on DoG.
The people have spoken.
Join the Andrew Scott revolution!

That's not a bad suggestion, he's looking a little ropey nowadays but I can see him in the part.

He's no Andrew Scott though!

Oh yes!
From now on I will change all my Andrew Scott mentions to say 'The supremely talented Andrew Scott.'
(how long before DoG run an Andrew Scott article?)

Cooper is the name that I've heard that I like. Not that that means anything, I knew almost nothing about more than one Doctor and haven't been disappointed yet. While, I like the idea of Cooper, he also seems to be the most logical person to step into the Iron Man armor when Downey is done; so being tied down several months a year in Cardiff might not work,

Isn't he awful in most things he's been in - he's lovely on the eye but I get bored watching someone who can't actually act...!

Bruce Campbell? Just an idea.

My hope is either for Billy Connelly or Sean Pertwee...It would be fitting to have the 3rd Doctor's son take over the role.

Oh please, Siddig had his time out there in the universe. And Scott - WTF! Let's have someone a little older, I'm bored of the young actors. Eccleston is great, but I didn't enjoy his Doctor at all. Rhind-Tutt could deliver the doctor. If we do have a young doctor, let's at least have an old companion - and not some comedy side kick. A theatre shakespearian wouldn't be a bad choice.

I'd be up for an old(er) Doctor, I just don't think it will ever happen again, shame really.

James Callis would be perfect

That would be unfair typecasting, after all The Master was originally created because the writers thought the Doctor needed his own Moriarty. Not that he'd be bad in the role, and I wish they'd bring back The Master anyway, we never saw him go up against Matt Smith.

I can't really picture any of the names being brought up in the rumor mill being the Doctor, I'd prefer they pick a complete unknown, which is what they'll probably do anyway. But Andrew Scott is the best name I've heard so far. It could work.

Agreed. You know that when they announce it, everyone will go, "who"? And then silence will fall.

You know that day's coming. Long after Moffat's moved on, when the show is waning, some executive at the BBC will have the bright idea to CGI an old doctor.

He'd beat those aliens right around the tnetennba.

Paterson Joseph, please!

Brian Blessed is GREAT fun to watch! Some say he's hammy (a la Shatner, Darrow, and others) but a good actor can make hammy watchable and entertaining. Bad actors can't even do ham correctly...

Thought he was a pretty disappointing Moriarty to be perfectly honest. I wouldn't cast him as the Doctor.

You are not getting Andrew Scott! You're getting Tim Curry and liking it.

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