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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 8:03 a.m. PST

Emma Thompson.
(And best episode would be when she does her incomparable pig imitation!)

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 9:23 a.m. PST

Billy Nightly. Just have say "I'm the Doctor" and you'll see why.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 9:48 a.m. PST

Who ever beats both Capaldi and whom ever wrote the scripts for the last season, too death. (So I assume an angry doctor who fan)

skippy000123 Oct 2016 9:50 a.m. PST

Christopher Walken

Steve Buscemi

Robert Deniro-see 'The Intern'.

Michelle Forbes

Julie Benz

Tatiana Muslany playing the entire Dr. Who Clinical Staff

Hugh Laurie

Lawrence Fishburne

Samuel L Jackson…"Go ahead!! Say 'Exterminate' again!!…I dare you!1 I double dare you!!!"

but really-Craig Ferguson.

Rhysius Cambrensis23 Oct 2016 9:57 a.m. PST

Jensen Button – he's got a year off from McLaren next season!

Weasel23 Oct 2016 10:07 a.m. PST

This would never happen but I'd kill to see Daniel Craig or Lawrence Fishburne in the role.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian23 Oct 2016 10:23 a.m. PST

Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman.


thorr66623 Oct 2016 10:28 a.m. PST

Hugh Laurie

JimDuncanUK23 Oct 2016 10:46 a.m. PST

That'll be Bill Nighy you mean Carter or is your autotext taking over?

PaddySinclair23 Oct 2016 10:51 a.m. PST

Are you thinking House Hugh Laurie or Blackadder Hugh Laurie?

The former is way to close to Capaldi at this point to my mind.

My favourite would be Idris Elba at this point. Though Emma Thompson, if we're gender swapping would probably have my vote then. Though Alex Kingston would make perverse sense as well :) (now there would be a Doctor with issues…).

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 11:12 a.m. PST

Another vote for Benedict Cumberbatch!

I could live with anyone though, what the show needs IMHO is a good senior script writer/editor.

dick garrison23 Oct 2016 11:24 a.m. PST

Tom Baker!! seriously I think it's such a shame Richard O'Brian never got the chance.

Though to be honest I'd rather they just killed it off now (Really disgruntled ex Dr Who fan!).

Cheers Roger.

HMS Exeter23 Oct 2016 11:36 a.m. PST

2nd nominations for Benz and Ferguson.

Rupert Grint. Finally! A ginger!

Chris Palmer23 Oct 2016 1:34 p.m. PST

Hayley Attwell.
As someone said in the comments of the article linked below, watch the Agent Carter video at the top, and picture the TARDIS in the background:


Phillius Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 1:48 p.m. PST

As the personality of the Doctor seems to change with each regeneration, Sam Neill.

He could use his Irish or his Kiwi accent, and make the character a blend between the active intellectual, Dr Alan Grant, and grumpy paternal, like Uncle Hec.

Believe me, it would work.

tkdguy23 Oct 2016 2:06 p.m. PST

John Cleese.

Volstagg Vanir23 Oct 2016 2:59 p.m. PST

Richard Ayoade gets my first (knee-jerk) vote,


but after due consideration,
I would really, truly like to see John Hurt play a whole season or three,


and many Bonus Points if they let Derek Jacobi reprise The Master.

… although …


iceaxe23 Oct 2016 3:01 p.m. PST

3rd for Craig Ferguson, but you'd have to let him loose around the script, I think. Geoff Peterson as a companion, perhaps?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 5:47 p.m. PST

Noel Fielding

A sea that raged no more23 Oct 2016 8:37 p.m. PST

Another vote here for Bill Nightly.

Badgers24 Oct 2016 4:06 a.m. PST

Richard Ayoade – what a brilliant idea! How about Chiwetel Ejiofor? And unless you're all joking I guess you mean Bill Nighy?

Militia Pete24 Oct 2016 4:26 a.m. PST

Clint Eastwood!

Todd McLeister24 Oct 2016 5:06 a.m. PST

Kanye West

Tiberius24 Oct 2016 5:09 a.m. PST

Second vote for Sam Neill

JimDuncanUK24 Oct 2016 6:04 a.m. PST

Now he is 'Bill Twice Nightly'.

parrskool24 Oct 2016 6:52 a.m. PST

Toby Jones…. (and yes, the recent scripts have been rubbish….. bring back Matt Smith)

Chris Palmer24 Oct 2016 6:53 a.m. PST

Seeing Sam Neill's name made me think of Sam Elliot…he would sure provide an interesting take on the character.

A sea that raged no more24 Oct 2016 7:15 a.m. PST


Bill 'twice nightly' Nighy, on scene already and dealing …

KTravlos24 Oct 2016 8:12 a.m. PST

I would prefer a woman actor.


Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2016 8:57 a.m. PST

Carl Urban! We need an Aussie doctor who can kick some serious butt!

Hafen von Schlockenberg24 Oct 2016 8:59 a.m. PST

How about Judi Dench? Or Linda Hunt?

Roderick Robertson Fezian24 Oct 2016 10:32 a.m. PST

Are you thinking House Hugh Laurie or Blackadder Hugh Laurie?

Jeeves and Wooster Hugh Laurie


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2016 12:52 p.m. PST

Hugh Laurie as the doctor would go like this.

Regular episodes: mix of the prince regent from black adder, and Wooster.
When he goes Dark: House with the power of a super nova, poor doctor cuddy. She'll go insane as the entire universe starts playing" You can't always get what you want!

dBerczerk24 Oct 2016 2:02 p.m. PST

Elijah Wood.

Pythagoras24 Oct 2016 3:22 p.m. PST

I would add my name to the list…. but…. I am neither an actor nor charismatic enough to pull it off. Of course, some would say that would apply to most of the Doctors……. Zing!!!

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2016 4:49 p.m. PST

Bring back the 9th Doctor! Chris had the right blend of humor and iron will.

Winston Smith24 Oct 2016 10:23 p.m. PST

Brian Blessed

Patrick R25 Oct 2016 3:57 a.m. PST

Stephen Mangan, Paul Bettany, Kerry Howard, Toby Jones, Ade Edmondson, Philip Glenister …

Militia Pete25 Oct 2016 4:46 a.m. PST

Brian Blessed would be great!

"Dalek? Diiiiieeee"

Mick the Metalsmith25 Oct 2016 9:38 a.m. PST

Helen mirren

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2016 1:37 p.m. PST

If we get a female Doctor, then who should be her doe-eyed blonde boytoy that's half her age? That seems to be a consistent theme with all the Doctors.

Scorpio27 Oct 2016 9:07 a.m. PST

Someone beat me to Richard Ayode, so I will toss in Hayley Atwell instead.

(Hugh Laurie gets my vote to play the Master, but only if Michelle Gomez also gets to keep playing Missy.)

(And yeah, Noel Fielding was also a great suggestion.)

USAFpilot29 Oct 2016 8:29 a.m. PST

I don't know if anyone will ever top Tom Baker. He will always be the Doctor to me.

Hugh Laurie was a powerhouse as Dr. House; that may have been the role of his career.

Rod I Robertson29 Oct 2016 1:27 p.m. PST

Craig Ferguson, Idriss Elba, Hugh Laurie or my favourite choice, Miranda Richardson.

Rod Robertson.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2016 8:54 p.m. PST

re. Tom Baker, that's why I asked the question "next great" not "next greatest" ~,~

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